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Darren McFadden | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 218
College: Arkansas
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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. Dec 21 - 8:01 PM

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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.
Dec 14 - 4:38 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.
Dec 7 - 8:01 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.
Nov 30 - 5:16 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.
Nov 21 - 12:12 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."
Nov 16 - 7:42 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.
Nov 9 - 7:28 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.
Nov 2 - 7:48 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.
Oct 26 - 7:40 PM

Darren McFadden rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught four passes for seven yards in the Raiders' Week 7 loss to Arizona.

Continuing to operate as Oakland's clear-feature back ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew, McFadden handled the 18 touches to MJD's three. Latavius Murray remained uninvolved. McFadden's light usage in the passing game continues to perplex -- it's one of his strengths -- but he's getting enough work on a weekly basis for flex consideration. DMC will ascend to RB2/flex value in Week 8 against a Browns defense that coughed up Denard Robinson's career day in Week 7.
Oct 19 - 8:15 PM

Darren McFadden rushed 14 times for 80 yards and caught 2-of-4 targets for six yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to San Diego.

Continuing to play clearly ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew and Latavius Murray, McFadden gave Oakland's previously stuck-in-mud ground game energy with a series of determined second-half runs. We're still confused by the Raiders' lack of interest in involving McFadden heavily in the passing game, where he is arguably at his best. He'll remain a dicey flex option in Week 7 against Arizona's stout run defense, which shut down Alfred Morris in Week 6.
Oct 12 - 8:07 PM

CSN Bay Area expects the Raiders to show a greater commitment to the running game under interim coach Tony Sparano.

The Raiders ran the ball at a league-low 31.5 percent clip under coach Dennis Allen the first four weeks. That obviously wasn't the plan, as Allen would have preferred to run it more, but it's how it worked out with the Raiders getting blown out every week. We don't expect that to change, but we do look for Sparano to stick to the run game more. In his four seasons as Dolphins head coach, Sparano's teams ran it 45.6 percent of the time. This should benefit Darren McFadden, who drew the start in Week 4. Maurice Jones-Drew has nothing left. McFadden got the start in Week 4 and out-snapped MJD 46-17.
Oct 8 - 1:34 PM

Darren McFadden rushed 11 times for 40 yards in Oakland's Week 4 loss to the Dolphins, adding four catches for 32 yards.

Even with Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) back, DMC operated as the Raiders' clear lead back, out-touching MJD 15-4. It didn't translate to any fantasy value, of course. Oakland's No. 1 back for 3-of-4 games, DMC is on pace for just 904 yards from scrimmage, and four touchdowns. He'll remain a desperation RB3 when the Raiders come off their bye in Week 6.
Sep 28 - 5:58 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle expects the Raiders to use an even timeshare between Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew in Week 4 against Miami.

McFadden is expected to start, but MJD will see carries between the tackles. It confirms McFadden isn't going to keep the every-down role he had the last two games. Rotoworld ranks McFadden as the No. 37 running back play this week.
Sep 27 - 6:24 PM

Darren McFadden is expected to start Sunday's game against the Dolphins ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew.

MJD (hand) is ready to go, but DMC keeps the gig because he's had more practice time. It doesn't mean he'll see volume. McFadden is averaging just 3.26 YPC on the season and the Raiders ideally want to use him as an outside complement to Jones-Drew, whom they view as a superior inside runner. Latavius Murray will also be sprinkled in. This Raiders backfield is for the extremely desperate only.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 26 - 7:18 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt Schaub
3Matt McGloin
RB1Latavius Murray
2Darren McFadden
3Maurice Jones-Drew
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Latavius Murray
2Darren McFadden
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11James Jones
2Brice Butler
3Denarius Moore
WR21Andre Holmes
2Vincent Brown
3Kenbrell Thompkins
WR31Vincent Brown
TE1Mychal Rivera
2Brian Leonhardt
K1Sebastian Janikowski