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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 1: DeMarco Murray welcome party may be spoiled

The Titans’ new running back is looking to regain his 2014 form this Sunday, but the Vikings may have other plans. We explore the fantasy implications.

Coming off a disappointing season with the Philadelphia Eagles, running back DeMarco Murray seems to be in a better situation this year with the Tennessee Titans. Some felt his remarkable season in 2014 with the Dallas Cowboys was due to the team’s strength at offensive line, and Murray did not do well at proving people wrong last year.

Earlier this week, Titans head coach Mike Mularkey stated that Murray would be the lead back when Tennessee faces the Minnesota Vikings this weekend. This is good news for the Titans’ new running back, who is hoping to get back to something similar to the player he was in 2014.

Fantasy Impact: While his expectations for the entire 2016 season may be high, Murray and Tennessee may have to put some of their rushing goals on hold this weekend when they take on the Vikings. Minnesota comes into Sunday’s game with the same 11 starters from a defense that only allowed five total touchdowns to opposing running backs last year (third-lowest in the NFL).

The people who do the weekly projections over at Yahoo! do not seem to like Murray’s matchup with the Vikings this weekend either, as they think the running back will only gain around 78 total yards on 16 touches and no trips to the end zone. Fantasy owners may have to wait another week for the Titans and Murray to unleash the wrath of their "exotic smashmouth" offense on the rest of the league.