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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 Sep 29): Maurice Jones-Drew was back, but Darren McFadden still owned the Raiders backfield. It is one of the lowest rent districts on the fantasy map, but McFadden still is hanging onto flex value if he can emerge from the Week 5 bye as the starter.

Week 5: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at NYJ 4 15 0 1 1 6 0 0
2 vs HOU 12 37 1 3 2 31 0 0
3 at NE 18 59 0 4 4 6 0 0
4 vs MIA 11 40 0 5 4 32 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs HOU (12 / 37 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

McFadden was a different back in the second half after running for 18 yards on 5 carries in the first half. He started delivering blows to the defenders and was running angry. His touchdown came from the one yard line. McFadden abandoned the play and outran the safety to the pylon because the hole was plugged initially. McFadden's aggressive style in the second half was something that had been missing since 2012, he started making people miss and picking up yardage after contact.

2014 Week 3 vs NE (18 / 59 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 6 / 0 rec)

Despite the Raiders continued efforts McFadden was bottler up for most of the day. He was better in the second half, showing good leg drive when he was given just a little room to build momentum. He beat his man deep down the left side on a fly route but was underthrown and had a touchdown called back because of a holding penalty downfield. McFadden's lone 10 yard run involved a nice jump cut at the line and he showed good vision on a 9 yard pick up on a screen play.

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.

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Latest News

Raiders | Darren McFadden goes distance (Sun Sep 28, 11:37 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden carried 11 times for 40 yards in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins in London, while RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) carried twice for just one yard. McFadden also had four receptions for 32 yards, while Jones-Drew had two catches for only two yards.

Our View: McFadden has "what the heck flex" value as the best back in this backfield, but Jones-Drew is clearly on the decline and can be dropped - at least for as long as McFadden is healthy.
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Raiders | Maurice Jones-Drew active today (Sun Sep 28, 11:43 AM) - Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is active Sunday, Sept. 28, for Week 4.

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Raiders | Oakland RBs likely 50-50 split (Sat Sep 27, 07:55 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden and RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) are likely to receive a 50-50 split of the carries in Week 4, in the opinion of beat writer Vic Tafur.

Our View: Making neither a good play. If you need to cut someone to field a full lineup this week, your Raiders running back is a good choice, even though McFadden was playing better than his numbers so far this year.
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Raiders | Darren McFadden to start in London (Fri Sep 26, 09:54 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to make a third straight start in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins in London, head coach Dennis Allen said Friday, Sept. 26.

Our View: Maurice Jones-Drew should be back this week as he's listed as probable for the game against the Dolphins in London. With MJD back, Run DMC becomes a low end RB2/RB3/flex play - both backs are more desperation plays in Week 4.
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Raiders | Maurice Jones-Drew expected to play (Thu Sep 25, 01:17 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 25, and appears primed to play in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins in London. It was his first full practice since injuring his hand in Week 1. Jones-Drew will likely have a big role, along with RB Darren McFadden, against the Dolphins.

Our View: It is a long way to fly and the Raiders aren't exactly making it easy on their running backs. It's a good matchup for them this week, but right now MJD is only worth about an RB4 if he plays.
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Schedule

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