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RB Darren McFadden - Dallas Cowboys

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

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Darren McFadden fractured his elbow and underwent surgery in mid-June. He is expected to miss about two months, which leaves open the possibility that he will not be ready by the start of the regular season.


Darren McFadden resurrected his career in his first season in Dallas thanks to a change of scenery and a dominant offensive line. He hadn't run for 1,000 yards in five seasons but ended up becoming Dallas' workhorse and only reliable contributor to an offense that finished 31st in points. Although he only found the end zone three times (more of a byproduct of the offenses' ineptitude), he had a terrific season with 1,417 yards from scrimmage. Unfortunately, the eight year veteran was rewarded for his hard work with a significant step up on competition. Dallas' selection of Ezekiel Elliott with the 4th overall pick assures McFadden will be no better than #2 on the depth chart; but that's only if he can hold off free agent Alfred Morris. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 48, 37, 38, 41, 42, 43, 48, 49, 50
RB Redraft PPR - 52, 37, 38, 42, 42, 43, 48, 49, 50
RB Dynasty - 71, 52, 64, 75

Stats and Projections

2013 OAK 10 114 379 5 25 17 108 0 1
2014 OAK 16 155 534 2 56 36 212 0 1
2015 DAL 16 239 1089 3 53 40 328 0 3
2016 PROJ-Dodds 14 100 * * 30 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 115 * * 36 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 120 * * 31 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 58 * * 16 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 144
RB: 48
Overall-PPR: 147
RB-PPR: 49

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Latest News

Cowboys | Darren McFadden hurt in home accident (Tue Jun 14, 12:33 PM) - Updating an earlier report, Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) required surgery on his elbow after he was injured in an accident at home.

Our View: A dropped phone is reportedly the culprit. We've heard of everything, from slipping on McDonald's bags to tripping over a dog on the driveway....but dropping a phone and hurting your elbow takes the cake. McFadden is expected to miss two months and be ready by the end of training camp.
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Cowboys | Darren McFadden undergoes surgery (Tue Jun 14, 12:20 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) underwent surgery on his elbow Tuesday, June 14, and is expected back in time for the season opener, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

Our View: Looking up "injury prone" in the dictionary shows a picture of McFadden. He was competing for a role in the backfield with Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris. At this time, it looks like the Cowboys will feature the rookie Elliott as their bellcow back. Morris is merely a veteran backup, and McFadden could be a change-of-pace back if/when healthy.
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Cowboys | Darren McFadden embracing role (Sun Jun 12, 09:33 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden called RB Ezekiel Elliott an 'awesome runner' and said he is going to show him the ropes while still competing with Elliott for touches.

Our View: McFadden is wise to embrace his new role. Elliott is likely to be the centerpiece of the Cowboys offense, and he could easily be a top-5 RB for fantasy owners this year. McFadden is the backup and may only see the field if Elliott needs a breather.
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2016 Schedule

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2@ Washington Redskins
3vs Chicago Bears
4@ San Francisco 49ers
5vs Cincinnati Bengals
6@ Green Bay Packers
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