Darren McFadden, RB, Cowboys: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Darren McFadden, RB, Cowboys

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #44 120.53 DAL Out 7 years 27 6'1 218 @dmcfadden20

2015 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)

Last updated on Jun-21-2015 by Shawn Childs

Over a 17-game stretch from the start of 2010 until Week 4 in 2011, McFadden was one of the best backs in the game. He ran for 1,605 yards on 298 carries, caught 62 passes for 639 yards and scored 13 total TDs. He averaged 137 yards and 21.96 Fantasy points per game. Unfortunately, over the past three years, Darren has averaged only 3.34 YPC over 485 carries and just 6.1 yards per catch. I'd love to put the blame on the Oakland Raiders' offensive line, but McFadden's length of failure is too long. McFadden will open the season at age 28. He's been a talent receiver but has never been an asset in pass protection. He has high injury risk and has been great for only short periods of time during his seven-year career. I won't dismiss the former first-rounder, but I won't overpay for his poor resume.

Latest Update

Jul-30-15 Cowboys RB Darren McFadden placed on active/PUP list with hamstring injury

In the most believable turn of events, Cowboys RB Darren McFadden has been placed on the active/PUP list with a hamstring injury. McFadden claims that it's only a "little setback" and he's "doing fine". He dealt with a hamstring injury in OTAs, however, this injury is not to the same leg. This adds to the long list of injuries that McFadden has sustained. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones also commented on the matter. "I don't think this is something, him going on the PUP, is going to be a long-term thing," Jones said. "I don't think this is a major deal. We're going to take the right precautions here and see what it is. At the of the day, you want everybody healthy. And anytime someone's not ready to go 100 percent, it's disappointing."

Fantasy Analysis:

Of course McFadden's hurt, he's always hurt. Which is exactly why you should not draft him in a spot where you are forced to rely on him. He's only played all 16 games once since being drafted in 2008 and has managed to rush for 3.5 yards per carry since 2011. McFadden is currently being drafted as the RB40. With Joseph Randle recently getting a vote of confidence from owner Jerry Jones and this injury, look for McFadden's stock to plummet. Owners who drafted him in early drafts will be kicking themselves.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/30 - Cowboys RB Darren McFadden placed on active/PUP list with hamstring injury Injury
7/29 - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says RB Joseph Randle 'has the potential' to be a 'No. 1 back'

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
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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