Darren McFadden, RB, Cowboys
2014 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)Last updated on Jul-11-2014 by Larry Gold
CALL THE INFIRMARY: It's hard to believe that the upcoming season will be the seventh for Darren McFadden. Every year experts gush about his skill-set, potential to dominate and clear bill of health, yet every year he misses games. In fact, McFadden has missed a remarkable 29-of-96 games (30-percent) during his up-and-down career; that doesn't factor in the fantasy nightmare that comes along with leaving games early with knee and hamstring injuries. Fantasy owners know all too well the pain that comes from Run DMC's questionable status that seems to be a weekly occurrence on the injury report. At just 26 years old, the injuries seem to have taken their toll on the back as seen by his poor 3.3 yards per carry average over the past two years. Now that MJD has joined the Raiders, it appears that the last group of McFadden supporters have finally jumped ship, judging by the former Arkansas standout being the 44th RB off the board in fantasy drafts (ADP: 128.64). Jones-Drew and McFadden are both wild cards this year. Both are strong red-zone runners and are equally capable of being a factor receiving the ball (making them fantasy-worthy if given the lion's share of touches). According to his agent, McFadden reportedly turned down better paying offers from other teams in order to return to the Raiders because he "has something to prove." Playing time will dictate whether there is any value here, but the injury risk will always be a concern.
Editor's note: The media reported McFadden looking excellent during OTAs. We'll see how that translates to the field in a couple more months when the pads go on.
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|11.10||Mr. Landry - Ug. This could be the year he stays healthy. Yes, that's been said for the last 6 years, but you've got to have hope. He's a talent and this could pay off. Maybe.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|10.08||KFFL - Yeah, yeah, I know ... DMC is still a steal in Round 10. He has to play 16 games in a season at some point in his career, right? Low risk, high reward.|
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