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Darren McFadden | Running Back | #20

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Arkansas
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (4) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Cowboys activated RB Darren McFadden (elbow) from the reserve/NFI list.

McFadden was a bit of an unsung hero last season, but won't have a role to speak of behind Ezekiel Elliott, Lance Dunbar and Alfred Morris. Even were Elliott to go down with injury, McFadden would probably struggle for RB3 value in fantasy leagues.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Jerry Jones said Darren McFadden (elbow, NFI) will be activated this week.

McFadden does not project to have much of a role behind Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris, but the Cowboys seem determined to get him back on the roster. McFadden's presence clouds the handcuff situation, but Morris still seems like the better bet for Elliott owners.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 10:41:00 AM

Darren McFadden (elbow, NFI) said he'll need another week before he's ready for game action.

McFadden has been practicing with the Cowboys' scout team this week. All signs point to him returning against the Buccaneers in Week 15. McFadden won't have any fantasy significance playing behind Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 04:38:00 PM

Darren McFadden (elbow, NFI) is expected to return soon.'s Ian Rapoport reports McFadden will be "active and contributing." Perhaps he'll be active. McFadden will be a lightly-used ornament behind Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Darren McFadden (elbow, NFI) will be activated next week.

McFadden has been sidelined since June. He'll return to practice next week, giving Dallas a 21-day window to add him to their roster. McFadden won't be more than the No. 3 back behind Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris if he returns this year.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 08:21:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are willing to trade Darren McFadden (elbow, NFI) "should the right offer come along."

That could be said about most players in the league, but it would make sense for the Cowboys to move McFadden with Ezekiel Elliott the clear workhorse and Alfred Morris a quality backup. McFadden is still on the NFI list with an elbow injury, however, and reportedly might not ever be able to fully straighten is right arm again. Even if a team is desperate for backfield help, it is unlikely they will be willing to part with much to land an injured and aging back.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 11:48:00 AM

Darren McFadden (elbow, NFI) may never be able to fully straighten his right arm again.

The "home injury" McFadden suffered in June has been gradually revealed to be more serious over time. Already sidelined for the first six games of the season, it's possible McFadden doesn't suit up at all in 2016. He's a stretch to own in Dynasty leagues.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 02:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Dak Prescott
2Kellen Moore
3Cooper Rush
4Zac Dysert
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
3Alfred Morris
4Jahad Thomas
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
FB1Keith Smith
2Rod Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Ryan Switzer
4Andy Jones
5Uzoma Nwachukwu
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
3Lucky Whitehead
4Noah Brown
5Lance Lenoir
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Geoff Swaim
4Rico Gathers
5Connor Hamlett
LT1Tyron Smith
2Clay DeBord
LG1Jonathan Cooper
2Chaz Green
3Nate Theaker
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
3Ruben Carter
4Ross Burbank
RG1Zack Martin
2Kadeem Edwards
3Dan Skipper
RT1La'El Collins
2Emmett Cleary
3Byron Bell
K1Dan Bailey