RB Darren McFadden - Dallas Cowboys
|6-1, 211||Born: 8-27-1987||College: Arkansas||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): McFadden looked as strong as ever despite being on the injury report and the offensive gameplan is going to continue to set him up with huge opportunities.
General News (Wed Nov 25): practiced fully on Wednesday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Tue Nov 24): partially participated in Tuesday's practice.
Week 12: vs Carolina Panthers
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Darren McFadden rebounded from his poor game two weeks ago (17/32/0 rushing and 3/26/0 receiving) to post 29/129/0 rushing with 3/20/0 receiving for the Cowboys against Miami. We'll see if he can build on the momentum here in Week 12, against the stalwart Carolina Panthers' rush D. Carolina has allowed an average of 12.6 fantasy points to opposing backs over the past four weeks (four games), which is sixth-least allowed during that time span out of 32 NFL teams. They average 94.5 yards rushing allowed per game (eighth in the NFL) with seven rushing scores given out to date - last week, Washington had a mere 12/14/0 rushing at Carolina! This is a tough matchup for McFadden and the Cowboys even though they are in Dallas this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs MIA (29 / 129 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
McFadden continued his high workload against Miami. He saw few well-blocked running lanes early on, but Dallas' offensive line exceled in key moments, including short-yardage and late in the game. McFadden used his straight-line speed for his first sizeable gain early in the third quarter. Of note in the first half were two short-yardage conversions on third and fourth down. As Dallas worked with a lead, McFadden converted a third-and-14 draw play in the closing minutes to ice the game.
2015 Week 10 vs TB (17 / 32 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
It was another game and another 20 touches for McFadden in the clear lead role against Tampa Bay. Defined opening on the interior were a rare occurrence and McFadden gained notable yards on a single perimeter carry where he lowered his shoulder to win against contact. McFadden was stuffed on two short-yardage attempts, one on third down, another when Dallas was backed up near their own end zone. Immediate penetration nearly resulted in a safety on the play. Through the air, nearly half of McFadden's production came on a single reception in the final minute of the game. Without goal line looks or high-volume passing game work, it was a forgettable day for McFadden and the Dallas run game.
2015 Week 9 vs PHI (27 / 117 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
It was shades of 2014 DeMarco Murray in Dallas as McFadden saw every running back snap for the Cowboys offense against the Eagles. McFadden showed burst through Dallas' offensive line openings and converted back-to-back short yardage opportunities early in the game, one on fourth down. In the open field McFadden won collusions against contact and on one occasion ran through arm tackle attempts for more than 15 yards. As the centerpiece of the offense McFadden saw more than 25 touches for the third straight game. While his high volume has helped solidify the Dallas run game post-Joseph Randle, this is unprecedented territory for the oft-injured McFadden in his career. This marks the first three-game stretch with 20+ carries in each game of his career dating back to 2008.
2015 Week 8 vs SEA (20 / 64 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
Darren McFadden got the start against Seattle with Joseph Randle sidelined and Christine Michael as the primary backup. McFadden's no-nonsense running style meshed well with Dallas' offensive line creating straight-forward running lanes. McFadden was featured on the opening drive of the game and the second half, highlighted by chunk gains and winning after contact. McFadden's success was the main reason Dallas hung in the game as the passing game was non-existent. In addition to more than 100 total yards, McFadden had a long run called back by penalty. After converting fourth-and-short earlier in the game, McFadden was stuffed on a critical third-and-short carry with seven minutes to play and a tenuous two-point lead. McFadden performed well in the starting role as the highlight performer against the tough Seattle defense. Philadelphia and Tampa Bay offer more optimistic matchups in the coming two weeks for Dallas' run game.
2015 Week 7 vs NYG (29 / 152 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
McFadden playing a primary role in Dallas' narrow defeat to the Giants this week. Starter Joseph Randle left in the first quarter with an oblique injury, leaving McFadden to enjoy a dominant offensive line performance by Dallas. In addition to 31 touches and converting a goal line opportunity, McFadden had a screen pass reception for a touchdown called back by a questionable-at-best pass interference penalty on Devin Street. McFadden routinely got to the second level of the defense before contact and gained additional yardage with a stiff arm. With Randle expected to miss time, McFadden is the next man up in Dallas for a full complement of touches like he saw against the Giants. Christine Michael saw more time in Week 6 and moves up to McFadden's old role in the process.
2015 Week 5 vs NE (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 62 / 0 rec)
As projected leading up to the game, Darren McFadden took on Lance Dunbar's passing work against New England. With running lanes tough to come by, McFadden's production was built upon a bevy of empty receptions in long yardage and garbage time situations. McFadden led the team in targets as Brandon Weeden and the receivers struggled to create positive plays down the field. As an example of McFadden's futility, his most successful play was a well-short-of-the-marker screen reception on third-and-19, one of Dallas' many snaps off-schedule with the down and distance.
2015 Week 4 vs NO (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In the opening half, Lance Dunbar was receiving more work in relief of starter Joseph Randle ahead of McFadden. Dunbar was injured early in the second half and McFadden saw a significant uptick in playing time. McFadden was a boom-bust runner against New Orleans, getting what was blocked. Dallas' offensive line had an up-and-down performance, shaping McFadden's game the same. The burst and drive from earlier in the season was not present with McFadden's work, making Christine Michael's brief presence on the field for the first time this season all the more interesting to track in the coming weeks.
2015 Week 3 vs ATL (6 / 35 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McFadden did not see time behind starter Joseph Randle until the second quarter. McFadden rode the wave of the Dallas offensive line's successes early in the game with two chunk gains and a near-touchdown on a red zone carry. McFadden used his speed to get the corner on a goal line touchdown, Dallas' third of the first 25 minutes in the game. Like Randle, Darren McFadden struggled in the second half to find openings in the suddenly stout Atlanta defense as Dallas fell behind and ultimately lost at home.
2015 Week 2 vs PHI (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
McFadden was an afterthought against Philadelphia, seeing two drives worth of work of note. Joseph Randle continues to perform well in the lead role. McFadden's strongest traits are his initial burst and willingness to lower his pads for post-contact yardage. He saw three straight carries in the fourth quarter, churning out a first down as Dallas worked the clock with a confident lead. Outside of an injury to Joseph Randle, McFadden has little hope for an expanded role with Lance Dunbar dominating the passing game work of the running back group.
2015 Week 1 vs NYG (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
McFadden was sparsely used in relief of Joseph Randle on early downs against the Giants. McFadden ran physical with an edge of power Randle cannot match. McFadden used his speed to get the edge on a crossing route reception, moving Dallas into field goal range as his play of note this week.
Latest NewsCowboys | Darren McFadden does not do much (Thu Nov 26, 08:46 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden rushed for 11 yards on 10 carries against the Carolina Panthers in Week 12. He also caught four passes for 45 yards during the game. Our View: The offense was a mess and the Cowboys fell so far behind so quickly that of course they stopped running the ball. The hope is that with Cassel starting, McFadden will get more opportunity because they need to support Cassel with a solid run game.
link to story Cowboys | Three Cowboys expected to play (Wed Nov 25, 02:47 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), RB Darren McFadden (groin) and QB Tony Romo (back, shoulder) are all probable for Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Nov. 26, and they all practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 25. link to story Cowboys | Three Cowboys limited Tuesday (Tue Nov 24, 06:02 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, shoulder), WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee) and RB Darren McFadden (groin) were limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 24. link to story Cowboys | Darren McFadden emerges as workhorse (Tue Nov 24, 01:12 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden had 29 carries in the Week 11 win against the Miami Dolphins, and he is stepping up as the team's workhorse back. Over the past five games he has 122 carries for 494 yards. 'I feel great,' McFadden said Monday, Nov. 23. 'Just taking care of my body. Get a little bit of rest the next couple days.' Our View: What groin injury? Some were worried about McFadden's health after he landed on the injury report last week with a groin injury. He was fine...more than fine, and McFadden was the team's workhorse. He's a RB2 against the Panthers on Thanksgiving in Week 12.
link to story Cowboys | Darren McFadden limited (Mon Nov 23, 06:52 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (groin) was limited during practice Monday, Nov. 23. link to story More News
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