Dec 7, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray (28) runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Round 6: Latavius Murray
Like Rivera, running back Latavius Murray was taken in the sixth round and wasn’t even the first player taken in that round. His value has been ridiculous lately as the Raiders are 2-0 this year when Murray gets four or more carries in a game. It kinda makes me wonder if Murray was the difference between beating the Kansas City Chiefs and getting blown out by the St. Louis Rams.
The Chiefs dominated the Rams 34-14 when they played this season.
After rushing for 109 yards on four carries against the Chiefs and missing a game with a concussion, Murray had 22 carries for 79 yards against the San Francisco 49ers. That isn’t an impressive stat-line but he had a couple of runs over 15 yards to open up the passing game for quarterback Derek Carr. In turn, Carr had his most efficient game of the season with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a quarterback rating of 140.
Those 22 carries are a stepping stone to the 6’3″, 230-pound speedster becoming a bell-cow back.