Darren McFadden Fantasy News

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 10:33am

The San Jose Mercury News - [Full Article]

The schemes of new Raiders OC Greg Olson will endear him to Darren McFadden. A happy, productive McFadden seems to ignite the offense and excite the fan base.

"What we've decided to do, as a staff, is see what Darren McFadden is comfortable doing,'' Olson said Wednesday at the team facility. "Let's try and make it more comfortable for Darren, because he's one of our premier players.''

That means emphasizing much more of the power scheme within which McFadden flourished in 2011. It means more north and south running, fewer angles and horizontal attacks. And much less need to read blocks.

Fantasy Impact:

We knew Olson would likely ditch the zone blocking scheme that was mostly ineffective in 2011. Provided he can stay healthy, this should lead to a bounce back season for McFadden.

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Raiders hire Tony Sparano as O-line coach

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 6:22pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Tony Sparano has been hired as Raiders assistant head coach/offensive line coach. According to the Oakland Tribune, the team has not confirmed the hire.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jets were 12th in total rushing yards, but that was mainly due to the fact that they were 6th in rush attempts. Sparano's ability to coach the O-line will have a big impact Darren McFadden's production.

Greg Olson hired as Raiders offensive coordinator

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 11:39am

NFL News - [Full Article]

The Oakland Raiders hired former Jaguars quarterbacks coach Greg Olson for their open position, ESPN's Bill Williamson reported.

Olson is expected to bring a power-run game that should better fit Darren McFadden, who never seemed to find his way in fired Greg Knapp's zone-blocking scheme. That was Knapp's undoing. Olson was an offensive coordinator for six years before his stint in Jacksonville - three in Tampa Bay, two in St. Louis and one in Detroit.

Fantasy Impact:

It's good news for McFadden who has proved to be elite when in the right system.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 4:04pm

The San Francisco Chronicle - [Full Article]

Raiders RB Darren McFadden is due to make $5.6 million in the last year of his contract, and though teams might be interested - and GM Reggie McKenzie might listen - the trade offers probably wouldn't be that big for an oft-injured back coming off his worst season.

And that's fine by HC Dennis Allen.

"I like Darren. I think he's a good running back," Allen said. "He's an explosive player, and I think he can continue to produce in the future."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/Raiders/article/Raiders-Allen-won-t-play-what-if-game-4177896.php#ixzz2HVxko14A

Raiders fire OC Greg Knapp

Monday, December 31, 2012, 3:11pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Raiders were expected to fire offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and other offensive staff members this week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and a source informed of the news confirmed to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that Knapp, linebackers coach Johnny Holland and two other unnamed offensive coaches are out.

The Raiders later announced in a release that Knapp, Holland, special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman and offensive line coach Frank Pollack have been relieved of duties.

Knapp preferred a zone scheme in the running game, which collapsed this season. The Raiders finished 28th in the NFL in rushing at just 89 yards per game. They were a top-seven rushing unit over the previous two years. Their supposed star rusher, Darren McFadden, finished with 707 rushing yards and a 3.3 yards-per-carry average.

Fantasy Impact:

Assuming the Raiders find an OC who can implement a running game more suited to McFadden's strengths, he should return to RB1 territory again next season.

Monday, December 31, 2012, 1:07pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Basically, it comes down to this -- Greg Knapp or Darren McFadden.

The Raiders have to make a choice between a beleaguered offensive coordinator whose version of the West Coast Offense and zone-blocking scheme all-but neutered what had ben one of the game's more explosive running attacks and an explosive running back who has a propensity to get injured and yet to play a full 16-game season. Reports have Knapp and other staff members on their way out this week, though coach Dennis Allen would not comment on them Sunday.

It was obvious McFadden was struggling early and often with the return of the ZBS, a system for which not only Mike Goodson but undrafted rookie Jeremy Stewart seemed more fitted and comfortable.

Fantasy Impact:

Knapp is expected to be fired, so as long as the Raiders hire an OC who plans to run an offense more suited to McFadden's strengths, he should return to RB1 form in 2013. This was a cas of Knapp fixing something that wasn't broken.

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 4:06pm

Vic Tafur, Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders RB Darren McFadden is averaging 3.3 yards per carry -- the NFL's third-lowest mark among qualified players.

"We certainly want to get Darren going and we haven't really been able to get it on track on a consistent basis," HC Dennis Allen said.

Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:39pm

Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. DMC is good to go for a nice matchup with the Chiefs.

Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6:34pm

Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. DMC is good to go for a nice matchup with the Chiefs.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 7:20pm

Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. He has a mediocre matchup with the Chiefs this week.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 8:35am

San Francisco Chronicle - [Full Article]

Raiders running back Darren McFadden, who re-tweaked his right ankle Thursday against Denver, practiced Monday and said he expects to play Sunday.

“It made my nerves kind of jittery,” he said. “(But) it was more of a scare than anything. It was cool today. … I was moving good, making all my cuts. I’m not concerned.”

Monday, December 10, 2012, 4:57pm

Steve Corkran on Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders RB Darren McFadden is practicing today despite re-injuring ankle Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact:

McFadden Received 13 touches and gained 64 yards including a TD reception in a bad matchup with the Broncos. McFadden looks on track for a much better matchup against the Chiefs this week.

Darren McFadden tweaks troublesome ankle

Friday, December 7, 2012, 10:53am

San Jose Mercury News - [Full Article]

Raiders running back Darren McFadden was back Thursday night, but maybe not for long.

After missing four weeks with a high right ankle sprain, McFadden rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries and caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of a 26-13 loss to the Denver Broncos at O.co Coliseum.

By the end of the game, McFadden was back on the sideline, and in the postgame locker room, he was getting treatment on the same right ankle that cost him a month of the season.

"We just got off the field, so I don't really know exactly where it is, I just know he wasn't able to finish the game," coach Dennis Allen said.

Jason Cole of Yahoo added this tweet: "Talked to a source after Den-Oak game last night. He said McFadden 'tweaked' his ankle and injury is not as serious as before. We'll see."

Fantasy Impact:

McFadden turned 13 touches into 64 yards and a receiving TD, while Marcel Reece touched the ball five times (four carries, one catch) for 15 yards. Mike Goodson was active, while Jeremy Stewart was inactive. If McFadden misses any time, Goodson figures to form a RBBC with Reece, who played less halfback in Week 13 (leading to several carries for Stewart). The Raiders play Kansas City and Carolina in Week 15-16, so the remaining schedule is favorable.

RBs Darren McFadden & Mike Goodson active for Raiders

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 7:08pm

Raiders Inactives
Jack Crawford DE
Derek Hagan WR
Lucas Nix G
Jamize Olawale RB
Richard Seymour DT
Willie Smith T
Jeremy Stewart FB

Fantasy Impact:

RBs Darren McFadden & Mike Goodson return to the lineup tonight. McFadden is expected to get starter work. Marcel Reece is banged up, but will also be in the mix. It's a tough matchup and a muddy situation. We'd steer clear if possible. McFadden was averaging only 3.27 YPC before his ankle injury.

Injury report for TNF - Broncos @ Raiders

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6:41pm

Denver Broncos

LB Wesley Woodyard (ankle)

WR Brandon Stokley (hip)
TE Virgil Green (hamstring), G Chris Kuper (ankle), G Manuel Ramirez (back), WR Matt Willis (knee)

Oakland Raiders

DT Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring)

CB Phillip Adams (concussion), DE Jack Crawford (toe)
T Khalif Barnes (triceps), S Tyvon Branch (neck), WR Juron Criner (shoulder), S Matt Giordano (concussion), RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), S Michael Mitchell (concussion), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder), QB Carson Palmer (right thumb), RB Marcel Reece (hamstring, quadricep)

Fantasy Impact:

Darren McFadden is expected to return to his RB1 role with Marcel Reece sliding back to his FB/utility position. Brandon Stokley is very iffy for Thursday's game -- he's probably going to miss his second straight game.