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Darren McFadden | Running Back | #20

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 222
College: Arkansas
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (4) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a temporary restraining order for his six-game suspension, and will be available for Week 7.
It means Elliott will start against the 49ers, and neither Darren McFadden nor Alfred Morris will be playable in fantasy. It's possible Elliott will also be available for Week 8 before the next decision is reached in his never-ending appeal. Elliott is seeking a "temporary injunction." It's still possible DMC and Morris both come onto the fantasy scene, and soon, we just don't know when. Again. Tread carefully when making Tuesday evening FAAB/waiver decisions. Oct 17 - 8:00 PM

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Date:'s Bryan Broaddus expects Darren McFadden to be the lead back with Ezekiel Elliott suspended.

Alfred Morris has been the No. 2 back, but McFadden is a favorite of owner Jerry Jones. McFadden offers more of an Elliott skill set and could move ahead of Morris with Dallas on their bye. Morris should still be the favorite to start if Elliott's suspension holds, but it's far from a lock.
Oct 13 - 6:31 PM

Cowboys declared RB Darren McFadden, QB Cooper Rush, CB Bene Benwikere, CB Orlando Scandrick, LB Jay Elliot, LB Anthony Hitchens, OG Jonathan Cooper inactive for Week 2 against the Broncos.

McFadden continues to be a non-factor in the backfield after being inactive Week 1 as well.
Sep 17 - 3:50 PM

Darren McFadden is inactive for Week 1 against the Giants.

It's a surprise after McFadden worked as the Cowboys' No. 2 back all preseason. Alfred Morris will back up Ezekiel Elliott. The rest of Dallas' inactives are QB Cooper Rush, WR Noah Brown, OG Jonathan Cooper.CB Bene Benwikere, LB Anthony Hitchens, and CB Jourdan Lewis.
Sep 10 - 7:07 PM

Darren McFadden rushed twice for 21 yards in the Cowboys' third preseason game.

The fact that McFadden was only allowed to handle two carries suggests the Cowboys have embraced they won't have Ezekiel Elliott early in the season. Over Dallas' last two preseason games, McFadden turned 11 carries into 80 yards and caught a four-yard pass. He will be an every-week RB1 until Elliott returns.
Aug 26 - 10:34 PM

Darren McFadden carried nine times for 59 yards with one reception for four yards in Saturday’s preseason game.

McFadden also lost a fumble at the Colts 12-yard line on his final carry that killed the Cowboys second drive. Six of McFadden’s runs went for five or more yards as the Dallas running game steamrolled the Colts' defensive starters on the ground. McFadden came out for just one play after a 14-yard gain while the Dallas starters were on the field. Despite his fumble, McFadden remains the unquestioned lead back while Ezekiel Elliott is suspended. He is a sturdy option in fantasy drafts for the opening six weeks of the season whether you have drafted Elliott or not.
Aug 19 - 7:57 PM

Darren McFadden rushed six times for 28 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, adding a five-yard reception.

McFadden looked stiff, but perhaps he's still in the process of knocking off the rust following a lost 2016. McFadden could be the Cowboys' starter at some point this season, but it depends on Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of his six-game suspension. It's possible Zeke's ban ends up getting delayed for all of 2017. For now, DMC is probably still best left to the back-end of fantasy drafts.
Aug 12 - 11:53 PM

Cowboys re-signed RB Darren McFadden to a one-year, $980,000 contract.'s Ian Rapoport reports McFadden "had interest from elsewhere," but no visits or supposedly-interested teams leaked. McFadden missed most of 2016 as he recovered from a mysterious, freak arm injury. He rushed the ball 24 times for 87 yards (3.6 YPC) following his Week 15 return. McFadden has a decent all-around game, while his downhill style plays well behind Dallas' dominant line. Going on 30, he's a nice piece to have behind budding superstar Ezekiel Elliott.
Mar 16 - 2:25 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Cowboys hope to re-sign free agents Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar.

Per reporter Clarence Hill, the Cowboys want to keep McFadden and Dunbar while getting rid of Alfred Morris. A two-down grinder, Morris is a nonsensical change-of-pace behind Ezekiel Elliott. DMC and Dunbar both have more varied skill-sets. Hill reports McFadden is also drawing interest from two other teams.
Mar 2 - 6:22 PM

Darren McFadden rushed seven times for 28 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards Week 17 against the Eagles.

McFadden got the start, but he was not able to find any success against a swarming defense outside of a 24-yard run. Alfred Morris, who rotated fairly evenly with McFadden, did not find much more success, and neither will play a big role in the playoffs. Ezekiel Elliott will see as much work as he can handle in the postseason.
Jan 1 - 4:13 PM

Darren McFadden (questionable) missed Friday's practice with an illness.

Beat writer Todd Archer said the "hope is" McFadden can still play Sunday at Philadelphia. Still, the illness could curtail McFadden's workload, which had a chance to be large with Ezekiel Elliott not expected to play much. Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar are also candidates for Week 17 backfield work.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 01:38:00 PM

Darren McFadden rushed 14 times for 49 yards in the Cowboys' Week 16 win over the Lions.

He failed to catch his lone target. DMC handled all of the work in the fourth quarter after Ezekiel Elliott was rested with a 21-point lead. McFadden would be worth firing up as an RB1 play in Week 17 against the Eagles if Elliott sits. Even if Elliott starts, he may only play one or two series to stay fresh.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:12:00 AM

Darren McFadden had three carries for 10 yards in Week 15 against the Bucs.

McFadden played 12 snaps in his first game back. He failed to convert on his only goal-line carry in the second quarter. McFadden doesn't have any standalone value going into Week 16.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 11:59:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Darren McFadden will serve as the No. 2 back Sunday night against the Bucs.

Rapoport reports Alfred Morris could be inactive. The move explains why the Cowboys were so dead set on getting McFadden back on the roster despite Morris performing well when called upon this season. McFadden does bring more in the passing game, however, and might be a better fit in the backup role. Unfortunately, this makes the handcuff situation very difficult to read. McFadden seems like the better bet right now, but both would likely get work if something happened to Ezekiel Elliott.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:54:00 AM

The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George says it's "sounding like" Darren McFadden will be active for Week 15 against the Bucs.

George believes McFadden may take Alfred Morris' spot on the game-day roster behind Ezekiel Elliott along with passing-game bit player Lance Dunbar. That would mean Morris not even dressing for the game. While McFadden's activation wouldn't threaten Elliott's workload, it's notable for forward-thinking purposes.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 01:42:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Dak Prescott
2Kellen Moore
3Cooper Rush
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3Darren McFadden
4Rod Smith
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
FB1Keith Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Ryan Switzer
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
3Noah Brown
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Geoff Swaim
4Rico Gathers
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1Jonathan Cooper
2Chaz Green
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
2Byron Bell
RT1La'el Collins
K1Dan Bailey