Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden

Oakland Raiders

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By Stan Son, Raiders Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 8:05pm EST

Darren McFadden may have received the start and first carry of the game, but it was Latavius Murray who carried the load during the Raiders upset win over the 49ers. DMC ended the game with 4 carries for 5 yards.

Fantasy Impact: McFadden has no more explosion left and his lateral quickness is non-existent. If you want a replay of the Mark Sanchez butt-fumble, then you want DMC receiving carries because he just plows into the back of his offensive linemen. With the emergence of Murray and the expiration of McFadden's contract after the conclusion of this year, it would be very surprising if we see him in a Raiders uniform next year.

By Stan Son, Raiders Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 4:49pm EST

Darren McFadden carried the ball 11 times for 27 yards against the Rams to lead the team in carries. He also caught 2 passes for 18 yards.

Fantasy Impact: It just boggles the mind that Sparano continues to feed DMC. He actually got the start as well. The only explanation I can come up with is that the Raiders didn't want to be 0-16 like the Lions but still want to fight for the #1 pick. Insert Murray and Reece=win. Feed DMC=ineptitude.

By Jen Ryan, Raiders Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 8:29pm EST

Darren McFadden has been named the starter tonight against the Kansas City Chiefs. (Source: James Arcellana)

Fantasy Impact: Despite getting the starting nod, it's hard to count on a back who is averaging 3.5 yards per carry and only has been to the end zone twice this season. The Raiders are desperate at 0-10 and even though DMC will get the first shot, I expect Latavius Murray to be heavily involved. Getting the run game going will be crucial to Derek Carr's success, so look for the Raiders to go run heavy, opening up the play action pass.

By Stan Son, Raiders Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 6:29pm EST

Greg Papa, the radio play-by-play voice for the Oakland Raiders, pointed out that McFadden may return kicks if Latavius Murray is indeed given the starting nod at running back. This would make sense because Murray was returning kicks as MJD and DMC were plodding their way to 63 yds/gm. (Source: VicTafur)

Fantasy Impact: If Papa is correct, this elevates Murray's prospects even more. The Raiders average 18.4 rushing attempts and around 7 receptions per game. Last year, Rashad Jennings had success as the Raiders running back so it has been proven to be possible.

By Brian Dezelske, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 2:19pm EST

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle suggests that Darren McFadden may have lost his starting job to Latavius Murray. (Source: Vic Tafur - San Francisco Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Owners can simply drop Darren McFadden in 10-team and even 12-team leagues as of now. Picking up Latavius Murray for added roster depth may be a good idea for McFadden owners.

By Brian Dezelske, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 3:19pm EST

Even though McFadden touched the ball just 11 times in the Raiders' Week 10 loss to the Broncos, he remains the clear No. 1 option at running back. Maurice Jones-Drew only had four touches in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Run DMC hardly makes for even a spot start in standard formats. However, he has only posted one single-digit scoring week in PPR formats, making him a nice plug-and-play flex option depending on the matchup.

By Brian Dezelske, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 1:54pm EDT

McFadden finished Sunday with 48 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown Oakland's 24-13 loss to Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: McFadden finished the day with 18 touches, while Maurice Jones-Drew only saw three. This kind of workload gives DMC decent flex appeal, and could even give owners low-end RB2 numbers in certain matchups.

By Brian Dezelske, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Oct 15th 3:48pm EDT

Of the handful of offensive bright spots last Sunday for the Oakland Raiders, maybe the most intriguing was the emergence of Darren McFadden in the running game. McFadden had a vintage performance, going for 80 yards on 14 carries.

Fantasy Impact: McFadden's 5.7 YPC average in Sunday's loss, along with the lack of production from Maurice Jones-Drew, puts McFadden squarely in the sleeper conversation for the rest of the season.

By Brian Dezelske, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 1:06pm EDT

Darren McFadden had 11 carries for 40 yards, and also added another 32 yards on four receptions.

Fantasy Impact: McFadden was given the majority of the snaps on Sunday, even though Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) returned to action. However, McFadden failed to capitalize and will likely split time with Jones-Drew when the Raiders return to action in Week 6 against the Chargers.

By Steve Painter, Raiders Correspondent, Sat, Sep 20th 4:24pm EDT

Even if MJD is active, McFadden will receive majority of touches in Raiders backfield against the Patriots on Sunday. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: McFadden is the starter, and had the workload last week, so MJD and Latavius Murray will be secondary players this Sunday. Most owners will have better options than McFadden this week. He only rushed for a scant 37 yards in Week 2 action.

By Brian Squires, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 5:19pm EDT

With Maurice Jones-Drew sidelined with a hand injury, Darren McFadden was able to step into the lead back role for the Raiders on Sunday against the Texans. He finished the day with a pedestrian 37 yards on 12 carries. Yes, 3 yards-per-carry is nothing to get excited about, but he did have a touchdown run and added 30 receiving yards to round out a pretty decent day fantasy-wise.

Fantasy Impact: What was even more encouraging for prospective McFadden owners, if MJD does somehow miss the following week as well, was the lack of utilization of 2nd-year man Latavius Murray. Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson had led on that there may be a rotation to some extent between Murray and McFadden. Yet, Murray only saw one carry, to McFaddens 14 total touches. With a matchup against New England coming in Week 3, a defense that gave up a monster day to Knowshon Moreno in Week 1 and a solid game to Matt Asiata in Week 2, McFadden could be a nice fill-in starter.

By Brian Squires, Raiders Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 10:37am EDT

Darren McFadden again was the 2nd running back into the game on Friday against Detroit with Maurice Jones-Drew getting his second straight start. However, the Raiders first offensive drive went 11 plays and 60 yards, culminating in a McFadden 1-yard plunge for a TD.

Fantasy Impact: McFadden actually got three straight attempts inside the 5-yard line leading to his score. He also ended the game with more carries, yards and yards per carry. While this is encouraging for McFadden, it only leads to more uncertainty as far as the Raiders backfield situation altogether. Is MJD the starter in time-share? Will Jones-Drew also be the third-down back? But will McFadden be the goal-line back? And to what extent will Marcel Reece take away from these roles? After two preseason games, the answers seem to be: Probably, probably, maybe and who knows? Fantasy owners or potential drafters would be advised to look at MJD first (ADP 86) and hopefully handcuff with McFadden (ADP 125). And cross their fingers

By Scott Poppen, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Jul 30th 5:21pm EDT

Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko reports that "at this stage" Darren McFadden has the "starting edge" over Maurice Jones-Drew in the Raiders' backfield. (Source: Rotoworld on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Expect to see these two veteran running backs splitting carries throughout the pre-season. McFadden has a history of injury, having missed 29 games over the past 6 seasons due to a laundry list of different ailments. Trusting him to remain ahead of Jones-Drew is a dicey decision at best. Any edge McFadden may have now would quickly be lost should the injury bug bite him again in 2014. Draft both players as nothing more than an RB3. McFadden may be the starter for now, but Jones-Drew is the better player.

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