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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 Nov 17): The McFadden era might be over in Oakland for real this time, not that anyone is mourning it other than McFadden himself. Latavius Murray is likely to get more of a shot in the last six games of the year.

Week 12: vs Kansas City Chiefs

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Raiders have nothing going for them in this phase of the game - Darren McFadden is the 26th-ranked fantasy running back in the land with a total of 113/393/2 rushing and 29/183/0 receiving so far this year (he has scored all TWO of the team's rushing TDs generated during 2014). Oakland is dead last in the NFL averaging 63 rushing yards per game. Last week, though, Latavius Murray out-gained McFadden by 22 yards rushing on half as many carries (4/43/0 rushing with 3/16/0 receiving for Murray, vs. 8/21/0 rushing and zero receptions on thre targets for McFadden), and it appears that the winds of change may be blowing through the Oakland stable. According to speculation in the Oakland press, Murray may have a bigger role going forwards now that the 0-10 Raiders are building for 2015. Why not let the youngster have an extended audition at this point in the season? The Chiefs' rush D is a bend-but-don't-break unit that is first in the NFL with zero rushing scores allowed, but ranked 25th in the NFL averaging 124.4 yards given up per game. Marshawn Lynch and company managed to post 37/204/0 rushing last week after the Bills had 22/111/0 two weeks ago - neither scored, though. This is a tough matchup for the Raiders' ho-hum backfield.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CLE 12 59 0 6 4 26 0 1
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 PROJ-Dodds 7 * * 1 * * *
12 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * 1 * * *
12 vs KC PROJ-Bloom 4 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs SEA (13 / 20 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

McFadden had a tough time getting going in the running game but made some nice plays after he caught the ball. His 9 yard run on the first drive was a product of one of the few holes his offensive line produced. He showed good vision and made 2 nice cuts on a screen pass for 10 yards that set up the team's first score. In the 4th quarter McFadden danced out of a couple of ankle tackles to pick up 23 yards and move the Raiders into the red zone. With his team down 13 in the 4th quarter, McFadden picked up 12 yards off the left edge when the Seahawks were clearly looking pass. He looked very good in space, but the Raiders didn't get him there very often.

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.


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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