Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden

Height: 6' 1"Weight: 210 lbsAge: 30College: ArkansasDrafted: #4 (1st Rd.)

2017 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
9th easiest for RBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #239
Best / Worst #160 / #259


Darren McFadden re-signs with Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed running back Daren McFadden to a one-year deal Thursday.

Fantasy Impact

Shortly after former Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar signed with the Rams, Dallas re-signed McFadden to tighten up their backfield for the upcoming season. McFadden will likely the year as the team's No. 2 rusher behind Ezekiel Elliott, leaving Alfred Morris on the outside looking in. McFadden, although older and injury-prone, is a more valuable back to the Cowboys than Morris due to his pass-catching ability. However, it is unlikely anyone but Elliott garners fantasy value in the Dallas backfield for 2017.

Darren McFadden not ruling out a return to Dallas

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden believes the team "wouldn't mind" retaining him for 2017. "I kinda get the feel that they wouldn't mind keeping me," McFadden said via The Dallas Morning News. "I was raised in Arkansas. I live here now. Set up my home here in Texas. I'm a Cowboys fan regardless of whether they decide to bring me back or not."

Fantasy Impact

McFadden, an impending free agent, believes he is "fresh" entering the 2017 campaign as he feels he "didn't get a lot of wear and tear" on his body from last season. If McFadden is retained by the Cowboys, it will be in a reserve role to Ezekiel Elliott, who is the team's all-purpose back. With Alfred Morris still under contract until 2018, however, McFadden appears to be the odd man out. Although he will be 30-years-old by the time next season begins, McFadden should garner moderate interest on the open market. He is a quality option at running back who could pass block, catch the ball out of the backfield and will come at a reasonable price. Perhaps, the Packers, who are in dire need at the running back position, will take a look at McFadden when the free agent signing period begins on March 9.

Darren McFadden quiet in place of Ezekiel Elliott in Week 17

Darren McFadden had seven carries for 28 yards and two catches for 19 yards in the Cowboys' 27-13 loss to the Eagles in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact

With 'Zeke expected to have a limited workload against the Eagles, many DFS footballers and those whose playoffs extended into Week 17 were quick to swipe McFadden. Sure enough, Elliott ended up not playing a single snap-- but McFadden ended up splitting time with Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar, which limited his output.

Blake Glosson25 weeks ago
Darren McFadden active, expected to see increased workload Week 17

Darren McFadden missed practice on Friday with an illness, but he is active and is expected to see an increased workload with the Cowboys resting starter Ezekiel Elliott Week 17.

Fantasy Impact

Darren McFadden could be a nice sleeper option at RB2 this week, but it is unclear how much work he and fellow backup Alfred Morris will see this week. We know that Ezekiel Elliott is only expected to play one or two series, and McFadden and Morris are likely to split the rest of the work. What we don't know is the split between them, but the expectation is for McFadden to see the majority of the work.

Mike Maher25 weeks ago
Darren McFadden to see most of the work at running back in Week 17

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden will garner the bulk of the workload at running back in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact

Despite the Cowboys electing to play their starters in the season finale against the Eagles, it is not expected to be for long. Reports indicate that McFadden will garner the "majority" of the workload at running back over Ezekiel Elliott as the team has nothing left to play for in the regular season - Dallas locked up home field advantage throughout the postseason entering Week 16. McFadden is a boom or bust RB2/flex option for Week 17 facing an Eagles defense that is stout at home.