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RB Darren McFadden - Oakland Raiders

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

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Week 13: at St. Louis Rams

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Latavius Murray had his chance to headline for the Raiders against the Chiefs, and he capitalized with 4/112/2 rushing during the 24-20 upset of Kansas City. Unfortunately, he was concussed midway through the game, which returned the plodding Darren McFadden (12/29/0 rushing with 2/5/0 receiving) to the lead rusher's role - the contrast between the two was stark, though, and afterwards Tony Sparano acknowledged that Murray had 'earned more touches' - however, as of midweek Murray hadn't been cleared through the NFL concussion protocols - stay tuned to's players in the news for the latest on Murray's practice status as the weekend approaches. If he can go, he's likely the Raiders new starting running back. The Rams' defense got shocked in San Diego last week, allowing 22/128/1 to the Chargers' stable of backs. Two weeks ago, they stabled the Broncos' backs holding Denver to 10/28/0 rushing - the Rams have been up and down in this phase of the game lately. To date, the Rams average 115.8 rushing yards allowed per game (tied for 19th in the NFL), with 10 rushing scores given up over 11 games. If Murray can play, count this as a good matchup. If the Raiders are stuck with McFadden, consider it a tough matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at SEA 13 20 0 5 4 47 0 0
10 vs DEN 7 14 0 7 4 22 0 0
11 at SD 8 21 0 3 0 0 0 0
12 vs KC 12 29 0 2 2 5 0 0
13 at STL PROJ-Dodds 10 * * 2 * * *
13 at STL PROJ-Tremblay 13 * * 4 * * *
13 at STL PROJ-Bloom 8 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs DEN (7 / 14 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)

McFadden had a decent start to the game, but was lost in the game script and lack of downfield passing threat. He had 15 yards on his first four touches and was running hard with decisive cuts. He caught a shovel pass on the Raiders first trip to the red zone and picked up 6 yards to move the ball down to the 6 yard line. McFadden only had 2 carries in the entire second half with the team giving Latavius Murray more work in the blowout.

2014 Week 11 vs SD (8 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

McFadden was completely bottled up in this one and lost snaps in the second half to a more effective Latavius Murray. He had a nice cutback on a 5 yard run late in the first half and spun off a tackler for 5 more on the last play of the third quarter. Outside of that he had 6 carries for 11 yards with no involvement in the passing game.

2014 Week 12 vs KC (12 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

McFadden took a back seat to Latavius Murray in the first half and Marcel Reece in the second. While he led the team in carries, he finished third behind those two in yards. McFadden showed decent leg drive in the pile but had no luck at all in the open field. He had his most success in the third quarter with hard-nosed running, picking up 19 yards on 3 consecutive carries.


Latest News

Raiders | Latavius Murray to be more involved? (Mon Nov 17, 05:21 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray had four carries for 43 yards in the team's Week 11 loss to the San Diego Chargers, and his 23-yard run late in the third quarter was the team's longest rushing gain for a running back of the season. 'They've been wanting to get me in the mix more and that's all I can ask,' Murray said. 'When they do, I have to make sure they give me a reason to put me back in there.' Murray is a much bigger back than either RBs Darren McFadden or Maurice Jones-Drew, and he runs with an upright style. Oakland finished with 71 yards on 19 carries, which was their highest rushing output since Oct. 12 in their first matchup with the Chargers.

Our View: Murray is an interesting player to monitor in dynasty leagues. He reminds us of former Titans RB Chris Brown because Murray is a tall, upright runner with swiftness and speed in the open field.
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