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Darren McFadden | Running Back | #20

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Arkansas
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (4) / OAK
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Darren McFadden rushed 12 times for 92 yards and caught 5-of-9 targets for 53 yards in the Cowboys' Week 17 loss to Washington.
He also lost a fumble in the end-zone. McFadden went over 1,000 yards with the performance. He finished as one of the top backs in the league after taking over as the starter in Week 8, but the Cowboys will likely try to upgrade on him this offseason. McFadden is entering his age-29 season and has a long injury history. He ends 2015 with 1,417 total yards, but only three touchdowns. McFadden should be targeted as a top-15 RB if he returns as the lead back. Jan 3 - 6:46 PM

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Darren McFadden rushed 19 times for 99 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to Buffalo.

McFadden has now rushed for at least 90 yards in three straight weeks. He's been the lone bright spot for Dallas, averaging 4.4 YPC despite negative gameflows. McFadden needs just three yards to go over 1,000 on the season. He'll be an RB2 against Washington in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:34:00 PM

Darren McFadden rushed 16 times for 100 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 13 yards in the Cowboys' Week 15 loss to the Jets.

McFadden had a 30-yard gain on a screen pass negated by an illegal block on Cowboys RG Zack Martin. DMC broke a number of long runs in the second half to boost his fantasy output, including gains of 11, 33, and 12 yards. McFadden has proven a solid fit behind Dallas' power-blocking line, reviving his career after all signs pointed toward a washed-up player in Oakland. He'll be a solid RB2 play in fantasy title week against the Bills next Sunday.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 12:23:00 AM

Darren McFadden rushed nine times for 111 yards in the Cowboys' Week 14 loss to the Packers.

You are reading that correctly. A player who averaged 12.3 yards per carry somehow only received nine totes in a close game where his team was starting Matt Cassel. So is life in Dallas, where Scott Linehan's play-calling has grown confused without superstar QB Tony Romo. Despite the effective afternoon, DMC will be little more than a mid-range RB2 against the Jets' elite run defense in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 07:54:00 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett does not believe Darren McFadden has hit the wall.

McFadden averaged just over four yards a carry in his first five games with significant playing time, but he is averaging just 2.7 yards an attempt the last two weeks. "I don’t notice him slowing down or not being able to do the things physically that we’re asking him to do," Garrett said. "He’s had some good games for us. He’s had some games where he’s been less productive." To Garrett's point, even in his run of "good" games McFadden had a dud against Tampa Bay Week 11. Still, McFadden has 146 carries the last seven games, which is more than he saw in all but three seasons before this year. Always an injury risk, it is possible McFadden slows down or gets knocked out of the lineup entirely over the last month.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 01:30:00 PM

Darren McFadden rushed 14 times for 53 yards and one touchdown and caught his only target for six yards in the Cowboys' 19-16, Week 13 win over the Redskins on Monday night.

For the first 58 minutes and 46 seconds, this was the worst game of the 2015 season. At that point it was a 9-9 tie on six combined field goals and very minimal offense. Shortly before the clock hit 1:14 left in the fourth quarter, DeSean Jackson tried to play the role of hero on a punt return, but fumbled it at his own nine-yard line, and McFadden scored from six yards out a couple plays later with 1:14 left. The Redskins marched right back down the field on a long kickoff return followed up by a Jackson redemption score 30 second later, leaving 44 ticks on the clock. Cowboys K Dan Bailey finished it off with the game-winning 54-yard field goal with nine seconds left. The 4-8 Cowboys are now one game back of the 5-7 Redskins, Eagles, and Giants for first place in the awful NFC East. Dallas heads to Green Bay in Week 14.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 11:48:00 PM

Darren McFadden exited Monday night's Week 13 game against the Redskins to be checked for a concussion but later returned in the fourth quarter.

McFadden was injured on the first possession of the third quarter when he lost his second fumble of the game. He earlier coughed it up for the first time this season on his first carry of the game. Before leaving, McFadden rushed nine times for 35 yards and caught one pass for six yards. That's in addition to the two fumbles. Robert Turbin is next man up for Dallas.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 10:15:00 PM

Darren McFadden managed 11 yards on 10 carries in the Cowboys' Week 12 loss to Carolina, but caught 4-of-6 targets for 45 yards and a two-point conversion.

The Panthers entered this one playing shutdown run defense and continued to do so against Dallas, relentlessly stuffing McFadden at the line of scrimmage and throwing him for losses. Fantasy owners should consider themselves lucky that McFadden scored a meaningless late-game two-point conversion and caught several checkdown passes. Still seeing every-down, workhorse usage, McFadden will be a high-end RB2 at worst against Washington's porous run defense in Week 13.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 08:09:00 PM

Darren McFadden rushed 29 times for 129 yards in Dallas' Week 11 win over the Dolphins, adding three receptions for 20 yards.

So much for McFadden's groin being an issue. DMC looked sluggish early, but put the Cowboys on his back as they killed the clock late. In desperate need of a stop, the Dolphins couldn't contain DMC as he earned three first downs on Dallas' final drive. DMC figures to get in little, if any, practice time on a short week, but getting truly monstrous workloads, he'll be an RB1 on Thanksgiving against the Panthers.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Darren McFadden (groin) is active for Week 11 against the Dolphins.

McFadden was never expected to sit after tweaking his groin in practice, but his workload has been the center of some debate. The consensus seems to be that he'll be operating without limitations in a gorgeous, gorgeous matchup. Even with the injury risk, DMC needs to be fired up as an RB1. Inactive for the Cowboys are WR Brice Butler, CB Morris Claiborne, RB Trey Williams, LB Mark Nzeocha, OG Ron Leary, TE Geoff Swaim and DE Ryan Russell. Williams sitting is a sign the Cowboys aren't overly concerned with DMC's health.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 11:37:00 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder said the Cowboys will use Darren McFadden (groin) "as much as possible" Sunday against the Dolphins.

A Dallas Morning News report Saturday suggested McFadden might see his workload scaled back this week but Werder said that's not a concern. McFadden has averaged 26.25 touches per game since taking over as the starter in Week 7. He'll be on the RB1 borderline Sunday against a Miami squad that has allowed the second-most rushing yards per game this season.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 09:58:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed Darren McFadden (groin) is expected to play Sunday against the Dolphins.

Rapsheet said he's "good to go." McFadden saw limited reps at practice this week after tweaking his groin on Wednesday but his status was never in doubt. A Dallas Morning News report suggested McFadden might not see his usual workload Sunday because of the wet conditions expected in Miami. With that in mind, McFadden is probably closer to an RB2 this week.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 08:24:00 AM

According to the Dallas Morning News, Darren McFadden's (questionable, groin) carries "could be reduced" in Week 11 at Miami.

The Morning News is clearly speculating, basing this suggestion on a combination of McFadden's tender groin and "wet conditions" in the forecast for Sunday's game at Sun Life Stadium. Cowboys beat writer Jon Machota confirms Robert Turbin is likely to be McFadden's top backup, with Rod Smith third in line.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 02:11:00 AM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said Friday that Darren McFadden (questionable, groin) is fully expected to play in Week 11 at Miami.

Specifically, Jones stated "all indications" are that McFadden "will be fine to play Sunday." McFadden was limited in Thursday and Friday's practices, but it sounds like those restrictions were placed on him for precautionary reasons. He should be fired up as a borderline RB1 in a plus matchup.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 07:55:00 PM

Darren McFadden (groin) is listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Dolphins.

After participating in Friday's practice, McFadden assured beat writers that he's "good," and his limitations during the week were only as a "precaution." Now facing a weak Miami run defense that will be without WLB Jelani Jenkins (ankle, doubtful), McFadden has a gorgeous Week 11 matchup if the groin holds up. Robert Turbin will be McFadden's top backup on Sunday.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 03:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Kellen Moore
3Jameill Showers
RB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
3Ben Malena
GLB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
3RB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Devin Street
4Rodney Smith
5Donte Foster
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
3Vince Mayle
4Lucky Whitehead
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3Geoff Swaim
LT1Tyron Smith
2Justin Renfrow
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
RG1Zack Martin
2Jared Smith
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
K1Dan Bailey