Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden

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By Ryan Olinyk, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Mar 13th 11:35am EDT

Darren Mcfadden has signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys worth up to $5.85 million. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Not quite DeMarco Murray talent but anyone running behind the Cowboys' offensive line is interesting. Even a guy who hasn't played a full season in his NFL career. It is still a big possibility for the Cowboys to grab Melvin Gordon or Todd Gurley in this year's NFL draft.

 

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Mar 13th 10:57am EDT

Darren McFadden signs a two year deal with the Cowboys, effectively replacing DeMarco Murray in Dallas. The former fourth overall pick in 2007 will have huge shoes to fill, as Murray's record breaking season led to him being the NFL's leading rusher in 2014. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McFadden has been injured and ineffective since entering the NFL. In 2010 and 2011, McFadden flashed his potential, rushing for 1771 yards and 15 total touchdowns; he also averaged 5.3 yards per carry, showing his explosiveness. Since 2011, though, McFadden has only averaged 3.3 yards per carry and has 1620 yards and nine touchdowns. McFadden has also only played one full season, 2014, and hopefully can stay healthy in Dallas. The Cowboys offensive line is considerably better than that in Oakland, so the previously explosive McFadden could see his career revive in Dallas. The Cowboys may still draft a RB in April, but at this point, McFadden is the starting RB for the Cowboys.

 

By Stan Son, Cowboys Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 8:50pm EST

Darren McFadden rushed 4 times for 13 yards and caught 2 balls for 6 yards against the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: McFadden was relegated to second fiddle after Latavius Murray emerged onto the scene. He's turning 28 and was only signed to a one-year deal so it will be interesting to see where he winds up. He has little juice left in his legs and is an injury risk so I doubt that he is a fantasy contributor next year wherever he lands.

 

By Stan Son, Cowboys Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 8:25pm EST

Darren McFadden carried the ball 9 times for 54 yards Sunday against the Bills. He had a long of 25 yards. Latavius Murray has certainly injected some life into his legs because he was breaking tackles and actually had explosion.

Fantasy Impact: After plodding for 2 yards a carry earlier in the season and running into the back of offensive linemen, glimpses of the old DMC have surfaced. It's been a long time since Raiders Nation has seen McFadden get to the edge and turn the corner but that's what was witnessed on Sunday. McFadden is still only 27 years old and on a one-year deal. He is no longer a bell cow running back but could be a serviceable back up. It will all depend on where he ends up next year.

 

By Stan Son, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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.

 
FFLockerRoom | Mar 16th
Here. We. Go. DMC is now in Dallas pending a physical. After losing Murray, the Cowboys acted quick on getting one Jerry's favorites from a prior lifetime. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out. I've always liked McFadden more than I should.
ESPN | Mar 16th
Christopher Harris analyzes RB Darren McFadden as a Cowboy.
EDSFootball | Mar 13th
The Dallas Cowboys are unlikely to replace the loss of star running back DeMarco Murray, who signed with the Eagles yesterday, with just one back. One of the players they hope to fill part of the void is ex-Raiders running back Darren McFadden, who has agreed to a two-year deal with the team, per Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Since being the fourth overall pick by the Raiders i...