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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 is expected to receive a heavy workload even if Maurice Jones-Drew (hand surgery) is active for Week 3.
McFadden was an every-down back last week, and will remain Oakland's starter. He's going to get the majority of carries over Jones-Drew and Latavius Murray, but isn't more than a low-end RB3/FLEX against the Jets' run defense. McFadden had just 37 yards on 12 carries in Week 2. Sep 20 - 3:07 PM

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Darren McFadden managed 37 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught two passes for 31 yards in the Raiders' Week 2 loss to Houston.

Although OC Greg Olson promised late in the week to involve Latavius Murray, the sophomore runner only touched the ball once aside from kickoff returns, gaining six yards on his lone carry. McFadden was the every-down back and struggled, having two longer runs called back by penalties at the line of scrimmage and failing to create any of his own running room. Ultimately, neither DMC nor Murray showed any signs of proving a superior option to Maurice Jones-Drew (hand), who was inactive on Sunday.
Sep 14 - 8:01 PM

Raiders OC Greg Olson said both Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray will get a chance at getting the running game going against the Texans.

"We'll start with Darren, and it probably will be more series-wise with Latavius and Darren," Olson said. DMC is guaranteed to start, but that's about it. The Raiders will give Murray a chance to show what he can do after he rushed for 94 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries (4.1 YPC) in the preseason. McFadden will be a shaky RB3/FLEX play. Murray is athletically-gifted.
Sep 12 - 10:59 AM

Darren McFadden will start at tailback in Week 2 against the Texans if Maurice Jones-Drew (hand surgery) can't play.

Coach Dennis Allen is saying MJD "won’t miss a significant amount of time," but his Sunday availability is definitely in doubt. If Jones-Drew can't play, McFadden will start and Latavius Murray and Marcel Reece will each "get some carries." DMC would become an interesting RB2/flex play in a favorable matchup. Redskins coach Jay Gruden inexplicably abandoned the run against the Texans last week, but Alfred Morris posted a 6.5 YPC average and Roy Helu chipped in 46 yards on four carries. The Houston defense is quite vulnerable on the ground.
Sep 11 - 12:43 AM

Darren McFadden rushed for 15 yards on four carries in the Raiders' Week 1 loss to the Jets.

He caught his lone target in the passing game for a six-yard gain and was out-touched by Maurice Jones-Drew 11-5. Oakland had no prayer at run-game success versus the Jets' stout front line. It's pretty clear that MJD has nothing left in the tank, but DMC didn't give the coaches much reason to play him over Jones-Drew. McFadden will be an RB3/4 next week against the Texans at home.
Sep 7 - 5:13 PM

Darren McFadden is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Raiders' "unofficial" depth chart.

Maurice Jones-Drew is the lead dog in the Raiders' committee, but still expects DMC to receive "plenty of carries." McFadden rushed 12 times for 55 yards (4.58 YPC) and a touchdown in the preseason. He's an RB4/5 for fantasy purposes.
Sep 2 - 3:49 PM

Darren McFadden rushed three times for five yards and caught one pass for negative-two yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.

McFadden didn't get any snaps until the second drive, after starter Maurice Jones-Drew had called it a night. Through three preseason games, DMC has 12 carries for 55 yards with one touchdown. As an outside change-of-pace complement to Jones-Drew, McFadden's volume is going to capped severely -- especially on a team that projects to be trailing a ton.
Aug 22 - 10:13 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt Schaub
3Matt McGloin
RB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
3Latavius Murray
GLB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11James Jones
2Andre Holmes
3Brice Butler
WR21Rod Streater
2Denarius Moore
3Vincent Brown
WR31Denarius Moore
TE1Mychal Rivera
2David Ausberry
3Brian Leonhardt
K1Sebastian Janikowski