1. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Murray possesses extraordinary physical dimensions along with featuring unusual straight-line speed for a man his size.
Yet, though he may look like a trained killer stepping off the team bus, Murray is by-and-large an average running back who will merely pick up the available yardage before him—nothing more and nothing less.
Behind one of the league’s dominant offensive lines in Oakland last year, Murray could only muster 4.0 yards per carry while his fellow backs, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, each gained 5.9 and 5.4 yards per tote.
His former team thought so highly of the burly power runner that they replaced him with a 31-year-old Marshawn Lynch and his chronic back issues.
Fantasy owners hoping for 500-plus yards and double-digit scores out of Murray will probably need to shop elsewhere for that production given the fact that Dalvin Cook is the only game in town.
The rookie back has the physical tools to be every bit the game breaker he was in Tallahassee, where he had 10 runs of 50 yards-plus in three seasons along with gaining over 140 rushing yards in 13 of his final 25 games.
Cook’s elusiveness, lower-body explosiveness and pass-catching ability (see 79 career receptions at Florida State) will minimize Murray’s role.
The only edge the former Raider currently has on Cook is his pass blocking.
A runner with little-to-no creativity will struggle behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines despite Rick Spielman’s efforts to improve the unit in both free agency and the draft.