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Week 1 vs. TEN
Rushing: 18 / 95 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 55 / 1 on 9 targets
McFadden started slowly and finished strong, and he handled all but one carry for the Raiders. Early on, the Raiders passed often (and unsuccessfully) on first down, and so McFadden did a lot of running on second and long. He showed his speed on a pitch, getting outside for 13-yard gain, and also looked good as a pass blocker. He was impressive running in traffic, but with no passing game to take the heat off, he may as well have been running uphill. Once Campbell started using him more as a receiver, he quickly proved to have the most reliable hands on the field. He turned up field quickly after the catch, and shed tacklers well. On his 4th quarter touchdown catch, he worked hard for his TD, stretching over the line when he was knocked down at the 3-yard line. McFadden ran hard right to the end, despite the fact that the that winning the game was far beyond reach.
Week 2 vs. STL
Rushing: 30 / 145 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 8 / 0 on 4 targets
or perhaps the first time in his NFL career, McFadden is showing that he can be an NFL every-down back --- as opposed to a lightning-fast specialty player who performs best outside the numbers on sweeps and pass catches. Playing and being relied upon like the fourth overall pick in his draft for the first time, McFadden was the number-one reason why Oakland won this game. It may be an overused cliché, but he gained strength as the game went on with 20 carries for 107 yards in the second half --- 13 carries and 55 yards of that came in the 4th quarter alone.
When the game was slightly in doubt after the Rams finally woke up for the second half by cutting the Oakland lead to two, McFadden helped to ice the game by gaining the game-clinching first down on first-and-ten from the 50. While the NFL is clearly a two-back league now because of the pounding that this position takes, McFadden isn't making anyone in Oakland miss Michael Bush. By the time Bush comes back, one would think he'd be the compliment to McFadden --- not the other way around, as was suggested prior to Bush's preseason injury.
Week 3 vs. ARI
Rushing: 25 / 105 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 17 / 0 on 3 targets
McFadden looked like a quality NFL tailback for the third straight week. He got positive yardage on just about every carry, and kept the Raiders in good down and distances all day. McFadden ripped off great gains on a screen pass and run in the two minute-drill to set up his touchdown run on a nice pitch out play call at the goal line. McFadden finished off his runs with strength and determination and kept a strong hold on the lead back job for this team.
Week 4 vs. HOU
Rushing: 12 / 47 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 82 / 0 on 7 targets
McFadden had his second productive game in a row on Sunday against the Texans. Even though Michael Bush received an increased workload early in the day, it was McFadden that helped quarterback Bruce Gradkowski extend drives. McFadden was a force as both a runner and a pass catcher and produced plays of greater then 20 yards in both facets of the game. His best play came on a screen pass to the right wherein he caught the ball on a delayed toss and quickly got up to full speed in the open field. Most impressive was that McFadden was able to weave through his downfield blockers and gain extra yardage without losing any speed. Of note, however, is that Michael Bush and not McFadden received the team's goalline carries which resulted in a touchdown for Bush. McFadden left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. His status for the next game is unknown at this point.
Week 7 vs. DEN
Rushing: 16 / 165 / 3
Receiving: 2 / 31 / 1 on 2 targets
McFadden returned from his hamstring injury and didn't miss a beat. He looked like every bit the runner he was for the first month of the season -- and NOT like the runner he had been in his career prior to this season. Scoring on two carries from inside the five, a screen pass that was a "giveaway" play turned TD, and a 57-yard thing of beauty, McFadden showed the burst of a speed back and the toughness of a bruiser. Denver's defense had given up prior to the 57-yard run, but it still takes a high level of skill to rip off a run and utilize the vision he needed for that TD. Despite Michael Bush's presence, McFadden should be this team's feature back. He's just too good to not get 25+ touches per game.
Week 8 vs. SEA
Rushing: 21 / 111 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 24 / 0 on 2 targets
McFadden took a while to heat up, but even at the start when he wasn't picking up much yardage, you could sense that it was just a matter of time before he broke free. He was used as the clear feature back, and while Michael Bush had some impressive stats as well (including a score), that all came in garbage time, with the Raiders well ahead. Though McFadden didn't score, on his 50 yard gain he was very close to going all the way. Curiously, he was not used much in the passing game, as the Raiders seemed intent on getting the ball to their wideouts most of the time..
Week 9 vs. KC
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 17 / 89 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 25 / 0 on 4 targets
In addition to being the starting tailback, McFadden also got a handful of direct snaps in the wild hog formation, and the Chiefs seemed to have trouble stopping it. McFadden even threw out of the formation, and while the pass was pretty, it was into triple coverage, so he was lucky it wasn't picked. McFadden ran with good vision, speed, moves, and strength all day, lowering his shoulder and winning collisions at the end of runs, and breaking off a long run when the lane presented itself. He was effective as a receiver out of the backfield, especially on a catch and run down to the two that set up the Raiders go-ahead TD in the second half. McFadden did have a fumble lost in this game, but otherwise he still looked like the elite back in the making that he has been so far this season (while healthy).
Week 11 vs. PIT
Rushing: 10 / 14 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 16 / 0 on 4 targets
McFadden was unable to get anything going, both on the ground or as a receiver in this game. McFadden came into the game averaging almost 150 yards from scrimmage over the previous three contests. But the Steelers shut him down and he finished with 30 yards from scrimmage on 12 touches. His best play of the game didn't even show up on the stat sheet. In the middle of the third quarter, McFadden took an inside handoff and he was hit almost immediately, he juked and spun and squirmed but was eventually dragged down at the original line of scrimmage. It was a ton of effort to avoid a five yard loss. He also had two check-down type receptions in the game, one of which was a nice 10 yard catch and run. In the end, he was held completely in check by Pittsburgh though, and it was Michael Bush who finished with better fantasy numbers.
Week 12 vs. MIA
Rushing: 8 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 63 / 0 on 10 targets
Except for his contribution on screen and dump offs he was terrible. Miami completely shut him down running the football. No one had a good day running the ball for Oakland. He was wrapped up every time he took a handoff. Koa Misi had one of the best games of his career against Oakland this week. McFadden did damage for owners and salvage the day in PPR leagues but overall he was terrible and had few holes to run thru.
Michael Bush --- He had limited chances and no luck running the ball either.
Week 13 vs. SD
Rushing: 19 / 97 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 30 / 0 on 3 targets
McFadden wasn't finding a ton of room in the very early portion of the game, so the Raiders turned to Michael Bush on some of the earlier possessions. But that soon changed, as the Oakland offensive line began getting a huge push up front against the Charger defense. Most of the time, McFadden ran for several yards upfield before even being met by a defender, and he kept his legs moving every time to pick up more yards after contact. In the second half, he helped re-establish the Oakland rhythm by picking up 19 yards up the gut on a third down screen pass on the opening possession. He picked up another 20 yards on a rush on the very next play, and from there it was off to the races for him. There were very few negative yardage plays, and the San Diego defense --- which has shown excellent tackling all season long --- was unable to contain him or bring him down on first contact. With Oakland leading by eight, McFadden took a pitch to the edge on the left side inside the ten yard line. With one defender in front of him, McFadden showed tremendous power in running over the defender at the goal line and forcing his way into the end zone for what was essentially the game-clinching score.
Week 14 vs. JAX
Rushing: 16 / 123 / 2
Receiving: 3 / 86 / 1 on 3 targets
McFadden touched the ball 19 times but had 3 huge plays that gave the Raiders such a fighting chance in this game. All 3 big plays were similar and McFadden was able to his talents well. McFadden has tremendous power and size for a running back and unbelievable acceleration to accompany this power. This combination lead to big plays where McFadden would simply be able to run over or around defenders at the line or close to the line of scrimmage. McFadden then juked at least one Jag defender, if not two on his way to the secondary. Finally, McFadden would use his acceleration to create a big gap between him and any defender who tried in vain to catch him. He also had a touchdown run to the corner of the endzone negated by a holding call and could have had a bigger day. McFadden and his owners really enjoyed this insane production and his career finally looks to be taking off and living up to his #5 overall draft status from 2008.
Week 15 vs. DEN
Rushing: 20 / 119 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 39 / 0 on 4 targets
Darren McFadden is becoming a true stud running back in the NFL and shows it every single week, with this week being no exception. McFadden has such a good blend of skills that are truly rare in running backs --- the quickness to make defenders miss in tight quarters, the speed to break away, the power to break arm tackles and now he has developed the instincts to know where a play should go instead of freelancing. He broke several big runs in this game, but a 36 yard scamper was his highlight as he weaved through traffic effortlessly and used a spin move to boot. He ran with authority all game long and deserves every bit of praise thrown his way this season.
Week 16 vs. IND
Rushing: 11 / 45 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 31 / 0 on 6 targets
Mcfadden did ok in this game, but the Raiders ran him on 1st and 2nd down numerous times in the first half, and then when Campbell wasn't able to get enough yardage on 3rd down, the opportunites for Mcfadden just weren't there. He showed good speed on the few occasions that he saw daylight, but the Colts swarmed the running game and held Mcfadden in check with their overall team speed.