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 - #42 220.42 DAL Active 8 years 28 6'1 220 @dmcfadden20

2015 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)

Last updated on Dec-13-2015 by Shawn Childs


Week 14 DFS Update (12/13): McFadden fumbled his way out of some snaps in Week 13. He finished with 15 touches, 59 yards, a TD and a catch while being on the field for 36 plays, compared to 17 by Robert Turbin. On the year he only gains 3.8 YPC with only three TDs. He has three 100-yard rushing games. The Packers rank 9th in the NFL in RB Fantasy defense, with improved success over the last five games (16.7 Fantasy points per week). Green Bay allows 4.2 YPC with backs scoring 11 TDs. High volume player with a below par matchup. His biggest strike is the lack of TDs.

Week 13 DFS Update (12/5): Just like DeMarco Murray, McFadden made Fantasy owners puke up their Turkey dinner on Thanksgiving with his dismal performance vs. the Panthers (14 touches for 56 yards). On the year he is only gaining 3.8 YPC with only two TDs (none in his last five games). Over the last six games, McFadden has averaged 25.2 touches per game. The Redskins are about league average defending RBs, with four teams scoring over 30 Fantasy points per game, which happened over four straight weeks (Week 5 - 33.0, Week 6 - 37.80, Week 7 - 30.10, Week 8 - bye, and Week 9 - 41.10). Washington allows 4.7 YPC with seven TDs to the RB position. The Cowboys' offensive line is so overrated (4.2 YPC and six rushing TDs with 23 sacks allowed). This is a favorable matchup with McFadden's edge being volume. I hate his lack of explosiveness and the boring play calling by Dallas. Fair price point when considering his value in the passing game and touches.

UPDATE (11/20): McFadden has emerged as the top back in Dallas. However, it was pretty much by default. Lance Dunbar was lost for the season, Christine Michael is awful and the underwear thief was kicked off the team. McFadden had a three-game span where he had more than 25 carries per game. He topped the 100-yard mark twice in that span. Outside of that it's been the same old McFadden, except shockingly healthy. If you rely on him, he will disappoint.

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.

2015 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
Expert Mock
August 5th, 2015
10.01 Team Ritchie - Hail Mary. Great offensive line and a guy in front of him that has ISSUES. If Randle implodes, he will get the carries in front of Dunbar and we will see how much he has left in the tank. (Comments Added Thu Aug 13 8:40:52 a.m. ET 2015)
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