Bob Sturm on the Cowboys' backfield roles: I think [Darren McFadden] is going to be your 3rd Down guy when it all shakes out. That focuses on what he does well and it also limits what he doesn’t do well. So, I have McFadden as a 3rd down guy and [Joseph Randle] on 1st and 2nd as a very reasonable zone runner who can get some nice things done.
The soon-to-be 28-year-old McFadden hasn't cracked 3.5 YPC since the 2011 season, when he ran for 614 yards on 113 carries (5.4 YPC) in seven games. That's the rub with McFadden -- fantasy owners haven't been able to count on his durability. He has missed roughly a quarter of his team's games since entering the league. He's a solid receiver (69.6% catch rate), so a third-down role makes sense given his skill set and injury history. If Randle plays on first and second down, he should be a productive fantasy RB2 behind the Cowboys' stout offensive line.