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RB Darren McFadden - Oakland Raiders

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

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Darren McFadden struggled with injuries for the sixth consecutive season and with production for the second. His 3.3 yards per carry matched his career low from 2012 and he was outperformed by Rashad Jennnings even when he was healthy. McFadden's 10 games played in 2013 was just one below his career average and he's never made it through more than 13. McFadden looked at least a step slower in 2013, a bad sign for a back that relied so heavily on his speed. Three years ago he was an elite back that had trouble staying healthy. He was a threat to take it to the house from just about anywhere on the field and a productive back in the passing game. In 2013 his longest run was 30 yards and he caught a career low 17 passes for 108 yards. McFadden looks to be the favorite to lead what will surely be a RBBC with Maurice Jones-Drew. (August 4)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 37, 23, 26, 30, 30, 30, 31, 32, 32, 36, 36, 38, 39, 39, 39, 42, 43, 43, 46, 48, 48, 49
RB Redraft PPR - 39, 23, 26, 29, 32, 33, 33, 36, 38, 38, 38, 39, 39, 39, 41, 41, 43, 43, 43, 43, 46, 49, 50
RB Dynasty - 41, 37, 40, 46, 47, 47

Stats and Projections

2011 OAK 7 113 614 4 23 19 154 1
2012 OAK 12 216 707 2 63 42 258 1
2013 OAK 10 114 379 5 25 17 108 0 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 12 135 * * 24 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 12 115 * * 26 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 150 * * 25 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 135 * * 15 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 111
RB: 41
Overall-PPR: 116
RB-PPR: 43

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Latest News

Raiders | Coach impressed with Darren McFadden (Mon Aug 18, 01:04 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden has performed well during training camp and shown some explosiveness during his runs, according to head coach Dennis Allen. 'I think Darren is probably running the ball as well as I've seen him run it since I've been here. I think he's probably more explosive than I've seen him since I've been here. I think part of that is that he's remained healthy throughout the offseason, throughout training camp. There haven't been any kind of nicks or nagging little deals that have slowed him down. So, hopefully that trend will continue because I've seen a lot of positives in what he's done in the running game,' Allen said.

Our View: McFadden is the ultimate tease. He's incredibly talented but rarely healthy. We'll see how he works with Maurice Jones-Drew in the team's RBBC.
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Raiders | RB battle rages on (Sat Aug 9, 12:17 AM) - Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew started the preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings Friday, Aug. 8, and he carried twice for 10 yards while also hauling in two passes for 14 yards. RB Darren McFadden had just one tote for 23 yards and he did not have any receptions.

Our View: It is unlikely that there will be true lead back in this backfield while both McFadden and Jones-Drew are healthy, but we all know that story with McFadden. It's not the most attractive backfield to look for possible fantasy value this year, but if Jones-Drew can get some of his quickness back or McFadden can stay healthy, it will yield some value.

2014 Schedule

1@ New York Jets
2vs Houston Texans
3@ New England Patriots
4vs Miami Dolphins
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs San Diego Chargers
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