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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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Owner Jerry Jones still views Darren McFadden as the team's starting running back despite Tuesday's signing of Alfred Morris.
We don't doubt it, but the "starter" designation probably won't be all that meaningful in Dallas in 2016. Morris and McFadden are both more early-down types, but DMC can handle third-down work if need be. Morris is one of the league's very worst pass-catching backs. It's possible Morris handles early downs and McFadden passing situations as the Cowboys wait on Lance Dunbar (torn ACL) to get back to full health. Mar 22 - 4:36 PM

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The Dallas Morning News' David Moore believes Darren McFadden will open the season as the starting running back.

The Cowboys are certain to add a running back in the draft after striking out to this point in free agency, but Moore believes McFadden will be able to hold off the rookie early in the season before ceding the job to him later in the year. That could be true if Dallas waits until day three to add a back, but Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott or Alabama's Derrick Henry would be the favorite to open the season as the starter if the Cowboys pick either in the first or second round. McFadden surprised in a workhorse role last season, but his days atop the depth chart are numbered.
Mar 21 - 8:40 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident the team will add another running back to pair with Darren McFadden.

DMC was surprisingly excellent for Dallas in 2015 (4.56 YPC), but he turns 29 in August and has only played a full 16-game slate twice in his eight-year career. Ezekiel Elliott and Derrick Henry are the top draft prospects while Doug Martin, Matt Forte, and Lamar Miller headline this year's free agent running backs. It would be surprising if McFadden returned as Dallas' feature back.
Feb 28 - 11:46 AM

The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota said he "would be very surprised" if the Cowboys did not use one of their first three picks on a running back.

The No. 4 overall pick is too early to reach for a running back, but a runner could be in the Cowboys' plans in the second round. Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott has expressed his desire to play for Dallas, but he is unlikely to last that long. Alabama RB Derrick Henry could be an option in the second, and Arkansas RB Alex Collins could be available when the Cowboys pick in the third. Regardless of who the they go with, Darren McFadden should expect rookie company in the backfield next season.
Feb 13 - 10:05 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Kellen Moore
3Dak Prescott
4Jameill Showers
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
3Alfred Morris
4Darius Jackson
5Lance Dunbar
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Devin Street
4Rodney Smith
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
3Vince Mayle
4Lucky Whitehead
5Chris Brown
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
5Rico Gathers
LT1Tyron Smith
2Charles Brown
3Justin Renfrow
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
2Jared Smith
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
K1Dan Bailey
2Matt Wile