Darren McFadden, RB Dallas Cowboys

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 2:58pm

Star-Telegram - [Full Article]

The Cowboys are going to split carries between Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and change-of-pace back Lance Dunbar. None of them has done enough to separate themselves from the pack, and take on a workhorse-type role that DeMarco Murray had last season.

None of them, in other words, is likely going to carry it 20-plus times a game. Instead, Randle could fall in the 10-15 carry range with McFadden slightly below that.

“I’m just going to go in there and be as productive as a I can and take full advantage of the opportunity that I get,” Randle said. “And let the rest fall where it may.”

Added McFadden: “[A committee approach] is something I’ve done pretty much throughout my career, at school [in Arkansas] or being with the Raiders. It’s one of those deals, it’s the NFL, it’s a long season. You have to be able to have two backs that can go in there and be able to tote it the way you need them to tote it.”

Fantasy Impact:

We still believe that Randle is the back to own in the Dallas backfield, mainly because McFadden can't be trusted to stay healthy. But given Randle's 4th-round price, McFadden may be the better value since he's going in the 8th-10th round, depending on the draft. This is going to be a fantasy headache for most of the season, especially if everyone stays healthy.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
2015 represents a new chapter for Darren McFadden as his time in Oakland was mostly a disappointment. There is no doubt that McFadden can play. He has shown great physical skills and could be an every-down back in the league if he can avoid injuries and repeat his performance from 2010. Dallas will run the football behind one of the best offensive lines in football, so there will be opportunities.

Fantasy Downside
There are several reasons McFadden has not reached his potential. Staying on the field has been a problem. He has also been inconsistent and has seen backs on his own team outperform him. He is currently second on the Cowboys depth chart, so he is probably going to have to count on Joseph Randle under-performing or getting injury in order to become the every-down back.

Bottom Line
McFadden is getting a second chance. Will he get the opportunity to succeed? That is the big question. For now, he will have to wait his turn and there is a good chance he will only be a backup. His ADP is 116, so he isn't more than a late-round flier as a handcuff for Randle right now. If you want McFadden, don't overreach. It won't be worth it.

2015 Strength of Schedule - DAL
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
21
NYG
26
@PHI
31
ATL
32
@NO
18
NE
BYE21
@NYG
3
SEA
26
PHI
22
@TB
4
@MIA
14
CAR
9
@WAS
17
@GB
6
NYJ
2
@BUF
9
WAS

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1NYJ415003.7516016.0024/5147%
2HOU1237103.082310315.5043/6269%
3NE1859003.2846041.5055/5895%
4MIA1140003.64432058.0044/6568%
5BYE------------
6SD1480005.7126043.0044/5975%
7ARI1448103.4347081.7540/5178%
8CLE1259014.92426066.5054/8266%
9SEA1320001.544470511.7533/6154%
10DEN714002.00422075.5031/6349%
11SD821002.620003-21/5836%
12KC1229002.4225022.5034/6949%
13STL1127002.45218029.0034/7844%
14SF45001.250000-11/6317%
15KC213006.500000-12/8015%
16BUF954006.0010020.0015/7221%
17DEN413003.2526043.0018/5831%
Totals155534213.45362120565.89513/103050%

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