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RB Darren McFadden - Dallas Cowboys

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

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Summary

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. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 39, 30, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37, 37, 38, 39, 39, 39, 42, 43, 44, 44, 45, 45, 49
RB Redraft PPR - 39, 30, 30, 35, 37, 38, 38, 38, 39, 39, 39, 41, 42, 43, 43, 43, 44, 44, 45
RB Dynasty - 54, 51, 55, 57, 59, 64

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
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 14 100 * * 26 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 155 * * 22 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 155 * * 16 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 171 * * 19 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 83
RB: 33
Overall-PPR: 98
RB-PPR: 38

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Latest News

Cowboys | No lead candidate at RB in Dallas? (Tue Jun 30, 04:07 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are still battling each other for the starting running back position, according to running backs coach Gary Brown. 'I can't say who is going to be the lead dog right now, but those guys are going to compete and we're going to do what's necessary to win games,' Brown said.

Our View: Brown was a pretty good running back for a brief time during his NFL career, and now he's in charge of one of the best rushing attacks in the league. No matter who is the starter, they'll be fantasy relevant behind that monstrous offensive line. We feel Randle ends up as the guy who comes out on top in this battle in training camp.
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Cowboys | Darren McFadden healthy, happy where he is (Mon Jun 29, 02:12 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden said he's excited to be with the Cowboys and feels like he's a rookie again. McFadden also said the injured hamstring that caused him to miss time this offseason is feeling great.

Our View: McFadden should be happy where he is because of that monstrous offensive line in front of him. He's competing for the starting job with Joseph Randle in training camp. If McFadden stays healthy (always an issue), then he'll be able to put up a good fight for that job.
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Cowboys | Ryan Williams not a fit in Big D? (Mon Jun 22, 11:30 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams is unlikely to make the 53-man roster projected by beat writer Todd Archer. The team's running backs would be RBs Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and FB Tyler Clutts.

Our View: It's not that Williams isn't a fit--it's that he can't stay healthy. Williams looked like he could be a superstar coming out of Virginia Tech a few years ago, but injuries have derailed his pro career. Williams has been limited by a swollen knee this offseason.
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