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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 13): Don't laugh. McFadden has been finishing his runs well, he is clearly ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew, and now Derek Carr is making this offense look more than viable in the passing game. He's at least a flex play until he gets hurt, albeit one with a tough Cardinals matchup this week.

General News (Wed Oct 15): 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.

Week 7: vs Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Oakland - new coach (Tony Sparano), same results (Loss). Darren McFadden had ANOTHER game with zero touchdowns last week (he's only scored once over five games) - this time he did, at least, produce some yardage for his long-suffering fantasy owners, with 14/80/0 rushing and 2/6/0 receiving during the loss to San Diego. Maurice Jones-Drew is definitely the junior partner in this stable, with 4/30/0 rushing and 1/10/0 receiving last week - he has zero TDs on the season. Not a very inviting set of running backs for fantasy owners, are they? The Cardinals' rush D is currently third in the NFL averaging 75.8 yards allowed per game, with just three rushing scores given up to date. Last week, Washington was held to 17/72/0 on the ground; Denver had 28/92/1 two games ago. This is a bad matchup for the Raiders' backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
3 at NE 18 59 0 4 4 6 0 0
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
7 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 13 * * 2 * * *
7 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 12 * * 2 * * *
7 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 14 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs MIA (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

McFadden had more success in the passing game largely because that was about the only time the team could get him in space. His carries were severely limited by the game script as he saw five carries in the 2nd half and only one in the 4th quarter. McFadden's 12 yard carry on the team's first drive was well blocked and he spun off a tackler to pick up more yardage. Unfortunately he was stuffed on his next carry from the 3 and didn't see another red zone carry in the game. McFadden's quickness was on display in the passing game and he made a couple of tacklers miss in the open field as well.

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.

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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

7vs Arizona Cardinals
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