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RB Darren McFadden - Oakland Raiders

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): The Cardinals are a tough draw against the run, so the fact that McFadden scratched out a score and a respectable fantasy day is proof that he has at least everyweek flex value as long as he is the clear lead back for this up and coming offense. With the Browns up in Week 8, he's going to be tough to leave on your bench.

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Darren McFadden scored a rushing TD last week! That's big news as he only has two this season, and the first one came in Week 2 of the 2014 season. As usual, he was under 4.0 yards per carry, with 14/48/1, and he turned eight pass targets into a mere 4/7/0, actually averaging less yards per catch than yards per carry. But hey, he's better for fantasy owners than Maurice Jones-Drew (3/6/0 rushing last week). At least McFadden is the clear lead back in this stable as of Week 8, albeit a weak fantasy option. The Browns' rush D collapsed in Jacksonville, giving up 35/185/2 to the new-look Jaguars' backfield led by Denard Robinson. Pittsburgh had 32/138/0 rushing at Cleveland two weeks back - their dead-last season average of 155.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with seven rushing scores given up is an accurate depiction of how the Browns' rush D is playing of late. McFadden isn't a fantasy stud most weeks, but he has a good matchup to work with here.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
4 vs MIA 11 40 0 5 4 32 0 0
6 vs SD 14 80 0 4 2 6 0 0
7 vs ARI 14 48 1 8 4 7 0 0
8 at CLE PROJ-Dodds 14 * * 3 * * *
8 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay 13 * * 3 * * *
8 at CLE PROJ-Bloom 19 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs SD (14 / 80 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Mcfadden had a good day running the ball and was mediocre in the passing game. He showed good burst when his line gave him a hole and better vision than he has this year. McFadden's 12 yard carry came on an inside draw on 3rd and 8 that was very well blocked and caught the Chargers off guard. He also had a 17 yard carry on another draw where he spun out of an arm tackle at the second level to keep the run alive. In the passing game, McFadden dropped a perfectly thrown ball deep down the right sideline and fell down on a screen play that could have gone for good yardage. As a runner he looks 100% and is running with as much confidence and decisiveness as he has in several years.

2014 Week 7 vs ARI (14 / 48 / 1 rush, 8 / 4 / 7 / 0 rec)

McFadden had two really nice runs and a whole lot of running into the pile. He picked up 12 yards out of the Wildcat formation, sprinting around the left edge. McFadden also had a 15 yard carry off left tackle that included a broken tackle at the second level. His other 12 carries went for 21 yards. McFadden did get 3 carries from the 3 yard line and punched the 3rd in for a touchdown. He had good blocking on the play and spun off the only tackler to lay a hand on him. McFadden had no success in the passing game, being hit immediately every time he caught the ball.

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Latest News

Raiders | More carries for Darren McFadden? (Tue Oct 14, 10:04 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden carried the ball on 14 of the team's 20 rush attempts in Week 6, and interim coach Tony Sparano said he wants to emphasize the run going forward.

Our View: McFadden is the best running back they have on the roster. Fantasy owners should trust him as a RB3/flex play going forward. As we see a more robust offense from Oakland, a big part of that could be the play of McFadden.
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Raiders | Bigger role coming for MJD? (Sat Oct 11, 09:10 PM) - Oakland Radiers RB Maurice Jones-Drew has just 11 carries for 12 yards in two games this season, but interim head coach Tony Sparano said he wants him to share the load with RB Darren McFadden. 'I'd like Maurice to take a little bit greater role, maybe get some snaps off of Darren,' Sparano said. 'If we could, keep them both fresh that way, but we also have got to be running the football and doing some things that way too.'

Our View: McFadden is still the back that has been playing better and will get first run, so if you are going to own a Raiders back, it should be him.
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Schedule

8@ Cleveland Browns
9@ Seattle Seahawks
10vs Denver Broncos
11@ San Diego Chargers
12vs Kansas City Chiefs
13@ St. Louis Rams
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16vs Buffalo Bills
17@ Denver Broncos