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RB Darren McFadden - Dallas Cowboys

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

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The Cowboys chose to re-sign McFadden even though they still had Alfred Morris under contract. He should be the clear backup to Ezekiel Elliott and would inherit the pilot seat to the best running game in the league if Elliott goes down.

Summary

Darren McFadden has a better reputation than his career statistics warrant. The nine-year veteran has only two 1,000-yard seasons, has scored just 33 touchdowns (4 per season), and has missed 42 games. Last year, McFadden played in just three games and tallied 104 yards from scrimmage. Ezekiel Elliott's suspension vaults McFadden into fantasy relevance. He'll be the nominal starter for up to six weeks. The Cowboys offensive line remains among the best, and McFadden should be considered a low end RB2 while he's a starter. (August 11)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 44, 21, 25, 35, 36, 37, 37, 39, 39, 40, 40, 43, 48, 48, 56, 58, 59
Overall Redraft - 99, 54
RB Redraft PPR - 44, 21, 25, 35, 36, 37, 38, 38, 39, 40, 41, 45, 48, 49, 51, 56, 56
Overall Redraft PPR - 99, 54
RB Dynasty - 81, 59

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 OAK 16 155 534 2 56 36 212 0 1
2015 DAL 16 239 1089 3 53 40 328 0 3
2016 DAL 7 24 87 0 5 3 17 0
2017 PROJ-Dodds 13 130 * * 21 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 13 85 * * 15 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 115 * * 19 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 122 * * 25 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 137
RB: 47
Overall-PPR: 138
RB-PPR: 50

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Latest News

Cowboys | Dallas could use committee to replace Zeke? (Tue Aug 15, 01:04 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris may serve in a committee along with Darren McFadden during Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, according to ESPN.com's Todd Archer.

Our View: That makes sense, and it doesn't leave a ton for fantasy owners to get excited about. Behind Elliott, guys like Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Ronnie Hillman are competing to establish the pecking order. A two- or three-headed RBBC does not have value for fantasy owners in most every league.
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Cowboys | Dallas to use committee in backfield? (Sun Aug 13, 08:10 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden rushed six times for 28 yards in a 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 12, but Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com believes McFadden left some yards on the field and thinks the Cowboys could go with a committee approach while RB Ezekiel Elliott is serving his suspension.

Our View: McFadden would likely be the lead back while Elliott is out, but he won't be the only one toting the rock. Earlier reports indicated the team could move on from Alfred Morris, but that might have changed since word of Elliott's suspension. Unlike other backfields (Tennessee springs to mind), there's no stud RB in the waiting behind the starter.
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2017 Schedule

1vs New York Giants
2@ Denver Broncos
3@ Arizona Cardinals
4vs Los Angeles Rams
5vs Green Bay Packers
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7@ San Francisco 49ers
8@ Washington Redskins
9vs Kansas City Chiefs
10@ Atlanta Falcons
11vs Philadelphia Eagles
12vs Los Angeles Chargers
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ New York Giants
15@ Oakland Raiders
16vs Seattle Seahawks
17@ Philadelphia Eagles