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 - #35 110.83 DAL Active 7 years 27 6'1 218 @dmcfadden20

There is no 2015 profile for this player yet. Here is his 2014 profile:

2014 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)

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.

Last updated on Jul-11-2014 by Larry Gold

Latest Update

Jun-01-15 Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown says RB Darren McFadden looks 'tremendous' at OTAs

Underachieving former Raiders running back Darren McFadden signed with the Cowboys this offseason with hopes of winning the starting job and reviving his career. The Cowboys' running backs coach Gary Brown has been very impressed with what he's seen thus far. "He wants to prove that he wasn't the bust that people are talking about," said Brown. "We are going to give him the opportunity to prove that. I like what I see. He works hard. He had tremendous burst, tremendous speed. I can't wait to see him in pads."

Fantasy Analysis:

The only thing tremendous about McFadden is the fact that he's a tremendously bad fantasy pick. The guy can't stay healthy, is clearly declining and is falling behind Joseph Randle at OTAs. Regardless of how good the offensive line may be, that doesn't make up for his diminished talent. After dealing with a myriad of injuries throughout his college and pro career, his body has broken down and his upside was never met. Even if he somehow won the starting job, odds are he won't last long anyway.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

6/1 - Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown says RB Darren McFadden looks 'tremendous' at OTAs
5/28 - Cowboys RB Joseph Randle getting the majority of first-team reps at OTAs
5/21 - Free agent RB Ben Tate working out with the Cowboys
5/18 - Cowboys re-sign FB Tyler Clutts
5/7 - Cowboys president Stephen Jones says that Ryan Williams will 'certainly be a factor'
5/7 - Cowboys president Stephen Jones believes they 'really might have something' with RB Darren McFadden
5/7 - Cowboys president Stephen Jones eludes to adding another RB and a possible committee approach
5/6 - Free-agent RB Chris Johnson to Cowboys: “Dallas, come holler at me”

2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
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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