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RB Darren McFadden - Dallas Cowboys

6-1, 211Born: 8-27-1987College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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Jerry Jones coveted Darren McFadden coming out of Arkansas (his alma mater). Eight years later, Jones finally has his man; albeit under much different circumstances. McFadden will be asked to fill a cavernous hole in the Cowboys ground game, having lost DeMarco Murray (and his league-leading 2,261 yards from scrimmage). Fortunately, McFadden won't be asked to fill that hole by himself -- but will rather serve as part of a committee. On the surface, McFadden seems ill equipped for a meaningful role. He's only started 63 games out of a possible 112, and has averaged a disappointing 3.3 yards per rush over the last three years. The Cowboys believe McFadden can bounce back running behind the NFL's best offensive line. Fantasy owners shouldn't make that bet, particularly with McFadden having already missed a chunk of camp with a hamstring injury. (August 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 48, 36, 37, 40, 40, 42, 44, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 49, 49, 50, 50
RB Redraft PPR - 49, 36, 40, 42, 42, 42, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 49, 50, 50
RB Dynasty - 57, 51, 55, 56, 58, 59, 65, 70

Stats and Projections

2012 OAK 12 216 707 2 63 42 258 1
2013 OAK 10 114 379 5 25 17 108 0 1
2014 OAK 16 155 534 2 56 36 212 0 1
2015 PROJ-Dodds 14 115 * * 20 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 15 150 * * 17 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 120 * * 16 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 161 * * 18 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 108
RB: 41
Overall-PPR: 114
RB-PPR: 43

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Latest News

Cowboys | Joseph Randle part of committee? (Fri Aug 28, 10:06 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle will share reps with RB Darren McFadden and RB Lance Dunbar because the Cowboys 'intend to take a committee approach,' according to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Our View: The Cowboys are a mess in the backfield and really it's 'pick your poison' time in Big D. If you must take someone here, Randle is your guy and he should make a decent RB2 or RB3, but we're concerned how the carries are going to split, so he lacks stability.
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Cowboys | Darren McFadden practices fully (Thu Aug 27, 02:56 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (neck) returned to practice in full Wednesday, Aug. 26.

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Cowboys | Darren McFadden expects to practice (Wed Aug 26, 04:39 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (neck, shoulder) said he expects to participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, after being limited Tuesday, Aug. 25, because of neck and shoulder soreness.

Our View: Man alive, McFadden lacks the durability to even get a little work without coming away banged up. He's actually practiced and played for the Cowboys, but not without soreness. McFadden believes he will be able to play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
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Cowboys | None of Dallas RBs standing out (Mon Aug 24, 09:10 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle had seven carries for 30 yards in the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, against the San Francisco 49ers, while RB Darren McFadden had three totes for just four yards. RB Lance Dunbar didn't have a run from scrimmage, and managed just two grabs for three yards. 'We didn't run the ball very well,' head coach Jason Garrett said. 'Obviously we were trying to control the line of scrimmage and didn't do a very good job of that.' The team was also playing without three starters along the offensive line, so that needs to be taken into account.

Our View: This is taking the shine off the "anyone can be a RB2 behind that offensive line" talk. It's only the preseason, and the games don't count--but this news item does matter. We'd like to see one guy emerge from the pack, and that should be Randle. It would comfort fantasy owners if he looked good entering the season.
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Cowboys | Quiet debut for Darren McFadden (Sun Aug 23, 11:55 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden had three carries for four yards and caught a pass for three yards in two series in a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 23.

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