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) #127
Best / Worst #49 / #270
ADP #128


Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris to split regular season carries?

Dallas Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer believes the team could use a by-committee approach to their ground attack while Ezekiel Elliott serves out his six game ban to open the 2017 season.

Fantasy Impact

The Cowboys' backfield is in question in the wake of Elliott's suspension. If the ban is upheld -- there is a chance this could be Deflategate 2.0 and he plays a full 16-game slate -- Archer expects the team to split the running back workload between Alfred Morris and presumed starter Daren McFadden. However, McFadden is the Dallas RB I'm targeting in upcoming fantasy drafts as he is the expected handcuff for the troubled Elliott. Expect to reach for McFadden in the early double-digit rounds.

Darren McFadden invisible in HOF game

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden received three carries for minus six yards in Thursday night's Hall of Fame Game win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact

McFadden played sparingly Thursday night, which was expected. He is in line to open the 2017 season as the Cowboys' RB1 if Ezekiel Elliott is suspended. Expect to see McFadden get more work with the first team as the preseason progresses.

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 Glosson33 weeks ago