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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 15): McFadden's numbers don't show it, but he ran as hard as ever and seemed to have something extra finishing his runs. The Raiders offense offers little upside with Derek Carr at QB, but if Maurice Jones-Drew misses more time, McFadden showed he can capture a little of what make him a high pick in the NFL and fantasy drafts in the past.

Week 3: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Oakland's backs are stuck in starting-rookie-quarterback Hell entering Week 3 - Derek Carr, the starting quarterback, is actually the lead rusher so far this year, with 5/57/0 to his credit. With Maurice Jones-Drew nursing a surgically repaired hand, Darren McFadden has fallen on his face (again) with 16/52/1 rushing and 3/37/0 receiving to his 'credit'. Oakland is 32nd in the league in rushing attempts so far this year and 31st in rushing yards. Look elsewhere for your starters, fantasy owners! The Patriots are tied for 21st in the NFL after two games, averaging 122.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with one rushing score allowed. They held an Adrian Peterson-less Vikings to 19/54/0 rushing last week, but coughed up 38/191/1 rushing to divisional rival Miami during Week 1. This unit has swung wildly to open 2014. This looks like a tough matchup for Carr and McFadden - the Raiders can't do much on the ground this year so far.

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 PROJ-Dodds 15 * * 2 * * *
3 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 12 * * 1 * * *
3 at NE PROJ-Bloom 7 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NYJ (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

McFadden looked decent on outside runs and had more success on them than Jones-Drew did but he looked lost running up the middle. He showed good burst on a six yard run around the left edge and made a good catch on an inside screen in traffic. McFadden lost his footing on that play and again on a run inside with one of the few good holes the Raiders offensive line created. McFadden looked like a decent change of pace back but he was clearly behind Jones-Drew in the pecking order.

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.

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Latest News

Raiders | Raiders to split carries without MJD (Fri Sep 12, 04:15 PM) - Oakland Raiders RBs Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray will both receive a crack at the running back duties in Week 2 against the Houston Texans with RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) unlikely to play, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson. The Raiders only had 25 yards rushing on 12 carries in Week 1 against the New York Jets.

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Raiders | Maurice Jones-Drew likely out (Fri Sep 12, 08:32 AM) - Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is expected to miss the Week 2 game, according to multiple sources. Jones-Drew had a small bandage covering a surgical site below his index finger, and his hand was swollen Thursday, Sept. 11. He said he didn't break his hand, however, multiple sources have reported that he did break his hand. He's not expected to miss a lot of time.

Our View: Darren McFadden will get the start vs Houston, but we know how this story ends...
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Raiders | Darren McFadden might start Week 2 (Thu Sep 11, 01:04 AM) - Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden will get the start in Week 2 against the Houston Texans if RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is unable to play.

Our View: With Maurice Jones-Drew banged up, we'd expect nothing different. McFadden may get an increase in carries anyway if MJD plays, as the Raiders could decide to try and protect Jones-Drew from aggravating the injury. Marcel Reece might see some snaps, but he's not worth starting—McFadden would be a decent RB3 or flex start with some upside if MJD is out.
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Schedule

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