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Darren McFadden | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 218
College: Arkansas
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Coach Dennis Allen said Darren McFadden "is probably running the ball as well as I've seen him run it since I've been here."
McFadden has nine carries for 50 yards (5.55 YPC) with one goal-line touchdown through two preseason games. Most importantly, he's had none of the nagging injuries that have bogged him down so many times in his career. McFadden is behind Maurice Jones-Drew for the starting job, but he's going to get enough touches to make this a RBBC situation. Aug 18 - 8:59 AM

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Darren McFadden rushed eight times for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' second preseason game Friday night.

Maurice Jones-Drew (6-12, 1-22) remained Oakland's starter and lead back, but McFadden was given three straight chances inside the five-yard line leading to his goal-line score. It's conceivable that McFadden is the favorite for goal-line TDs in Oakland, which would obviously throw a wrench into MJD's fantasy ceiling. McFadden is a slightly interesting RB4 at his tenth-round ADP.
Aug 15 - 11:58 PM

Darren McFadden is listed as the Raiders' No. 2 tailback on their first depth chart of training camp.

Beat writers stated in the spring that they expected DMC to be the Raiders' starter, but the coaching staff ostensibly disagrees. Jones-Drew is Oakland's best inside runner and pass protector, and should open the season playing most of the snaps. OC Greg Olson will likely try to get McFadden into space as more of a receiving back. Behind a Raiders O-Line that quietly has potential, Jones-Drew is a slightly intriguing RB3. McFadden is an RB4.
Aug 4 - 5:19 PM

Coach Dennis Allen said the Raiders have changed up Darren McFadden's weight room routine to help keep him on the field.

McFadden's upright running style has contributed more to his injuries, but the Raiders plan to use him less between the tackles this year, which could help him stay healthy. DMC has missed 29 games over six NFL seasons.
Aug 2 - 6:40 PM

Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko reports "at this stage" Darren McFadden has the "starting edge" over Maurice Jones-Drew in the Raiders' backfield.

Klemko, however, does allow that this "should be a committee backfield considering McFadden's injury history." While McFadden may get the "starts," Jones-Drew leading the Raiders in carries is probably the safe bet. McFadden is certainly the more talented runner, but he's never played a full 16-game slate. This is going to be a timeshare. MJD and DMC are currently going in the seventh and eight rounds of fantasy drafts, respectively, as RB3/FLEX options.
Jul 30 - 12:15 PM

The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran expects Darren McFadden to be the Raiders' starting running back if healthy.

Corkran also expects McFadden to have the most yards from scrimmage of any Oakland back this season. It is a bold position to take considering McFadden's injury history and the presence of newly-acquired RB Maurice Jones-Drew. No matter who is the "starter," the Oakland backfield projects as an almost straight timeshare between two backs on the downsides of their career. Not exactly a blueprint for fantasy success.
Jul 5 - 11:38 AM

The Raiders have given Darren McFadden reps on kickoff returns during OTAs.

"Anything is an option," said coach Dennis Allen. We're tentatively expecting Maurice Jones-Drew to emerge as Oakland's top running back, with McFadden relegated to change-of-pace or lesser-half of a committee work. That sort of role could open up DMC's special teams plate. McFadden is a straight-linish runner with 4.4 jets. He could be an excellent kickoff return man.
Jun 9 - 3:51 PM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez expects Darren McFadden to open the season as the Raiders' starting running back.

McFadden was reduced to a backup role for the final two games last season and won't have much job security playing on a one-year deal. Even if he manages to hold off Maurice Jones-Drew, McFadden has never played a full season and remains a huge injury risk. The Raiders may ultimately use McFadden as a change-of-pace back, with Jones-Drew getting the majority of work between the tackles.
Apr 19 - 9:50 PM

Newly signed Maurice Jones-Drew was told by the Raiders he's coming in to compete with Darren McFadden.

McFadden only has an edge on paper because he's the incumbent with a year in Greg Olson's scheme under his belt. In reality, it's wide open because the injury-prone McFadden has averaged just 3.29 YPC since Hue Jackson left Oakland following the 2011 season. It's very possible McFadden -- who is working on a meager one-year, $1.75 million contract -- will end up as a speedy outside, change-of-pace back. Jones-Drew is the better traditional, inside runner.
Mar 31 - 9:08 AM

Darren McFadden's agent says his client turned down more money elsewhere to re-sign with the Raiders.

"We did have real interest from four or five other teams -- one offered more money," said Ian Greengross, McFadden's agent. "Darren wanted to stay a Raider. He felt like he still had something to prove in silver and black." It couldn't have been much more money, but it's a sign that McFadden believes he has the best chance to revive his sputtering career in Oakland. For now, he only has to beat out raw yet intriguing sophomore Latavius Murray for the starting gig. Rashad Jennings has signed with the Giants.
Mar 12 - 8:27 AM

Updating an earlier item, Darren McFadden's new one-year deal with the Raiders is worth $1.75 million, with another $2.25 million available through incentives.

So it's worth up to $4 million, and not $4 million flat. It's a much more realistic number considering DMC's recent production. The fact that McFadden signed such a bargain-basement deal only hours into free agency is a sign he generated zero buzz during the league's legal-tampering period. In theory, it's a good deal for the Raiders, but a change of scenery would have done both sides well.
Mar 11 - 6:34 PM

Raiders re-signed RB Darren McFadden to a one-year, $4 million contract.

McFadden re-signs as Rashad Jennings walks. It's a bit out of left field, as all signs had pointed to the Raiders keeping Jennings and letting DMC walk. They got out-bid for Jennings, however, while $4 million isn't a terrible price for someone with McFadden's talent. It's much more than his recent production and injury history would dictate, however. There's no way the Raiders can trust him as an every-down back. DMC could have benefitted from a change of scenery. It's hard to be excited about his fantasy prospects in Oakland.
Mar 11 - 5:33 PM

CSN Bay Area reports free agent Darren McFadden is expected to sign a one-year offer with the Raiders.

So much for McFadden generating "significant interest." If DMC is indeed returning, it could mean the Raiders are moving on from Rashad Jennings. It's odd because most reports had the Raiders more interested in keeping Jennings than McFadden. Both sides seemed like they needed a change of scenery in 2013, but Oakland is apparently loath to move on from McFadden's upside.
Mar 11 - 3:57 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Darren McFadden is generating "significant interest."

It's not a surprise. For all McFadden's struggles and injuries, he's still a freakish physical talent. McFadden's stiff, upright running style has made him a no-go as a lead runner, but he could still be a difference maker as a change-of-pace back. He's one of the only free agent running backs with any special qualities.
Mar 10 - 3:15 PM

An agent at the Scouting Combine told that free agent Darren McFadden isn't expected to sign with the Bengals.

McFadden and his agent reportedly feel like they'll have more attractive offers. (We're skeptical.) Bengals OC Hue Jackson has always been a big believer in McFadden, and the running back had his best season under Jackson in Oakland. DMC wants to be a starter and big part of the offense. With Gio Bernard ready to take off in Cincy, it may not be in the cards there. DMC simply can't be trusted to stay healthy. He might be best off signing a one-year deal.
Mar 4 - 2:07 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Schaub
2Derek Carr
3Matt McGloin
4Trent Edwards
RB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
3Latavius Murray
4Kory Sheets
5Jeremy Stewart
GLB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
3Karl Williams
WR11James Jones
2Andre Holmes
3Juron Criner
4Gregory Jenkins
5Mike Davis
WR21Rod Streater
2Greg Little
3Denarius Moore
4Brice Butler
5Seth Roberts
WR31Andre Holmes
TE1Mychal Rivera
2David Ausberry
3Brian Leonhardt
4Scott Simonson
5Jake Murphy
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Kevin Goessling