Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/10/13
The Dallas Cowboys and fantasy football players have not always been a healthy marriage. From several running back busts like Felix Jones and Marion Barber to the inconsistency of Tony Romo, selecting a Cowboy early in your draft can be seen as a risk. However, that risk has lessened with the emergence of DeMarco Murray at running back. He solidified himself as a solid No. 1 running back in the NFL, playing under a lot of pressure being the go-to guy for America's Team.Then he was bitten by the injury bug, sustaining an ankle injury in 2011 and a foot injury in 2012. Unable to play in all 16 regular season games of his first two seasons diminishes his fantasy value greatly. Durability is key for running backs that are potential first round picks. Murray has the potential, but is a risky pick to take early in the draft.This is where Joseph Randle comes in. The 5th round pick out of Oklahoma State was a great value for where he was taken in the draft. Critics will question Randle's size and speed, but these are simply two statistics of the numerous to be taken into consideration. Randle is a nightmare for defenses when he gets into the open field. He put up ridiculous stats in his last two years in Stillwater, making him one of the best in the big 12 and a high-ranker in all of the NCAA.So, why will he have a more promising season than Murray? Randle is a great short-yardage back, converting a number of the third-downs he was called on during his time at OSU. He gets a great deal of power behind from his legs, allowing him to plow through defenses. Randle scored 24 times on the ground in 2011 and 14 times in 2012, meaning that he knows how to break the plane on the goal line. The lack of injuries Randle has sustained in his career is another upside for the rookie. Yes, he hurt his thumb and had two surgeries since being drafted and missed mini camp and OTAs, but that means he is running less risk of reinjuring his thumb. At 100 percent, Randle is a monster. This fact, in accordance with Murray's recent injuries, gives Randle a great deal of upside. He will take carries from Murray this season to assure the latter runs less risk of reinjuring himself.So, here is the bottom line: Murray will be a decent running back this season. However, with the likelihood of Randle taking away the goal line carries, meaning he will score more touchdowns, gives the Oklahoma State alum a great deal of potential.Add this to the fact that Randle will more than likely be the one to take over as No. 1 if Murray suffers another injury means that the former will score more points, especially if the Cowboys plan to run anywhere near as much as they did last season. 
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