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Latavius Murray could exceed last year’s carries, fantasy value would increase if true

The Raiders’ young running back could have his hands on the football more in 2016. We explore the fantasy implications.

Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray could see the ball in his hands more this season according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Vic Tafur on Tuesday. Tafur reported that Radiers head coach Jack Del Rio wants Oakland to run the ball more in 2016 and he does not want Murray to, "have less," touches than he did last season but possibly even, "a little more."

Murray is coming off a season where he averaged just under 20 touches per game while gaining 1,298 total yards and scoring six touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: For 2016, Murray was already considered a low-end RB1 for most fantasy owners. But these recent statements made by Del Rio could give Murray’s fantasy value a bit of a boost if he can take advantage of his increased opportunities.

Only 25-years-old, Murray is part of a young and talented group that make up Oakland’s current offense. If the Raiders are going to get back into the playoffs for the first time since 2002, their running back will play an important part in achieving that goal.