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Darren McFadden | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 218
College: Arkansas
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Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys' run-first approach last season "was a good style of football for us" and something the team "will try to continue to do."
The Cowboys secured their first playoff appearance in five years last season behind one of the best offensive lines in football. Of course, ground and pound is a lot easier when you have DeMarco Murray carrying the ball, a luxury Dallas lost when Murray defected to Philadelphia two weeks ago. Darren McFadden is currently atop the depth chart, but trying to execute a physical run game with him is laughable. We suspect the Cowboys will be looking for RB help in the draft, possibly in the form of Georgia's Todd Gurley or Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon. Mar 24 - 11:15 AM
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The base value of Darren McFadden's two-year deal in Dallas is just $3 million.

The number was originally reported at nearly $6 million. McFadden got a $200,000 signing bonus -- even less than 2014 practice squad RB Ryan Williams -- and won't be assured a roster spot in camp. The Cowboys reportedly viewed McFadden as a "home-run hitting backup" before they signed him. He isn't a home-run hitter at all anymore, and will add very little to Dallas' run game.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 13 - 9:47 PM

The Cowboys reportedly targeted Darren McFadden as a "home-run hitting backup."

Yahoo's Charles Robinson says Dallas envisions McFadden playing "second fiddle" to a starting back. The Cowboys will likely find that starter in the draft. McFadden may have been a "home-run hitter" coming out of Arkansas in 2008, but he certainly no longer is going on age 28. McFadden has averaged below 3.5 YPC in three straight years. His receiving skills have also diminished.
Mar 13 - 12:55 PM

Cowboys agreed to terms with RB Darren McFadden, formerly of the Raiders, on a two-year contract worth up to $5.85 million.

He only got a $200,000 signing bonus, which far from assures DMC's roster spot. McFadden ran into brick walls last year in Oakland, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. The silver lining is that he stayed healthy for the first time in his career. Not durable or effective enough to carry a backfield and going on age 28, McFadden is likely being brought in to compete for snaps. Look for the Cowboys to add more backs as they attempt to replace DeMarco Murray.
Mar 13 - 10:37 AM

The Raiders are not expected to re-sign free agent Darren McFadden.

The emergence of Latavius Murray combined with McFadden's ineffectiveness sealed his fate. McFadden never lived up to his potential in Oakland, logging 1,000 yards rushing just once in seven seasons. At this point in his career, a backup gig is probably the best McFadden can hope for. Stiff in the hips and not a true power runner, McFadden has long been an NFL misfit.
Feb 19 - 9:11 AM

Darren McFadden rushed four times for 13 yards and caught two passes for six yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss at Denver.

The Raiders tried to saddle up McFadden as a feature back again this season, but were predictably met with awful results. Clearly only a straight-line back that needs Hue Jackson's scheme to be successful, DMC finished with 156 carries for 534 yards (3.42 YPC) and two touchdowns. He was thoroughly outplayed by Latavius Murray, the likely 2015 starter, down the stretch. McFadden, now entering his age-28 season, will be met with a cold market in free agency once again this spring.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:18:00 PM

Darren McFadden rushed for 54 yards on nine carries in the Raiders' Week 16 win over the Bills.

He caught one pass for no gain. McFadden was the breather back to Latavius Murray, who managed 108 total yards on 26 touches. DMC broke off a 26-yard run down to the two-yard line late in the fourth quarter. He got the call on the next play but was stuffed for no gain. Jamize Olawale caught a two-yard touchdown next. McFadden will fill the same role once again in Week 17 at Denver.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 08:01:00 PM

Darren McFadden rushed two times for 13 yards Week 15 against the Chiefs.

McFadden did not get his first touch until late in the first quarter and is well behind Latavius Murray on the depth chart. He can be dropped in all formats.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:38:00 PM

Darren McFadden rushed four times for five yards in the Raiders' Week 14 win over the 49ers.

McFadden has been weeded out of the Raiders' offense in favor of Latavius Murray. A free agent in the offseason, "DMC" is entering his final three-game stretch as a Raider.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:01:00 PM

Darren McFadden managed 27 yards on 11 carries and two catches for 18 yards in the Raiders' Week 13 loss to the Rams.

McFadden got the start with Latavius Murray (concussion) inactive, but was his typically ineffective self. He actually got outplayed by washed-up Maurice Jones-Drew in this game. McFadden is safe to drop by any owners still rostering him in the fantasy playoffs. The Raiders play the 49ers next.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:16:00 PM

Darren McFadden rushed 12 times for 29 yards in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs, adding two catches for an additional five yards.

McFadden once again led the Raiders in (ineffective) touches, but refreshingly, that's not how they drew it up. Oakland came out handing the ball off to Latavius Murray after DMC drew the "start," but a wildly effective Murray (4/112/2) was limited to only four carries by a concussion. Then McFadden took over and the Raiders' rushing attack went back in the tank. DMC simply doesn't make defenders miss. He's now averaging 3.37 yards per carry. Provided Murray can get cleared for Week 13, we fully expect him to be the Raiders' new lead rusher.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:12:00 AM

Darren McFadden managed 21 yards on eight carries and zero receptions on three targets in the Raiders' Week 11 loss to San Diego.

The Raiders' backfield devolved into a three-way timeshare against the Chargers, with Latavius Murray (7 touches) and Maurice Jones-Drew (4 touches) mixing in. McFadden is safe to drop in 10- and 12-team leagues for the fantasy stretch run. We'd rather take a flier on Murray's superior upside as an RB4/5 "stash."
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 07:42:00 PM

Darren McFadden managed 14 yards on seven carries and four catches for 22 yards in the Raiders' Week 10 loss to Denver.

As expected, the Raiders got nothing going on the ground against Denver's league-best run defense. And the Raiders continue to underutilize DMC in the passing game, only throwing him checkdowns and never scheming him into space. Even against an average Chargers run defense in Week 11, McFadden will be a low-end flex option.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:28:00 PM

Darren McFadden managed 20 yards on 13 carries but caught four balls for a team-high 47 yards in the Raiders' Week 9 loss to Seattle.

He averaged exactly 1.54 yards per carry. McFadden's biggest gain came on a third-down checkdown pass for 23 yards. He was otherwise bottled up on his touches and lost late-game playing time to Maurice Jones-Drew, who predictably (again) did very little with his opportunities. McFadden will remain a poor flex option when the Raiders take on the Broncos in Week 10.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 07:48:00 PM

Darren McFadden gained 59 yards on 12 carries and caught four passes for 26 yards in the Raiders' Week 8 loss to Cleveland.

McFadden gave Oakland a chain-moving element whenever in the game, though the Raiders inexplicably handed Maurice Jones-Drew six carries, which didn't work at all. DMC also came through with several critical catches to gain first downs. Unfortunately, DMC lost a late third-quarter fumble on a great play by Browns SS Donte Whitner, who looked like he was shot out of a cannon to pop the ball loose. McFadden will be just an RB3 when the Raiders take on Seattle's stout run defense in Week 9.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 07:40:00 PM