Darren McFadden, RB Dallas Cowboys

Rankings

Notes: 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. We believe he’ll serve as a change-of-pace/3rd-down back behind Joseph Randle.
DAL Depth Chart
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%

Most Recent News

Cowboys say they have a 'complementary backfield'

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 4:20pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle appears to be the lead dog heading into camp. If Darren McFadden is healthy, he could also fill the starting role. Lance Dunbar will likely see more carries, but his biggest impact should come during passing downs.

“We’re very confident in what we have,” Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown said. “We got some very good football players. With the addition of Darren it’s going to be a nice group. I can’t say who is going to be the lead dog right now, but those guys are going to compete and we’re going to do what’s necessary to win games.

“I just think that we have a complementary backfield,” Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “They’re going to spread out the carries. Some games are going to be different than others. Maybe one guy is going to have more in one game than the other or maybe sometimes two guys are going to split the carries, sometimes it’s going to be three. Again, it’s to be determined. It is a bit rare to have the one guy carry all the load. I tip my hat to DeMarco for being able to do it. But these other guys have different roles now that he’s gone. We’re going to have someone step up, and I know they’re excited about it.”

Fantasy Impact:

It may be the team's intention to split the work among the three backs, but a talent disparity between Randle and McFadden along with McFadden's history of fragility leads us to believe that Randle is the back to own in this backfield.

Scouting Report

Week 17 – Darren McFadden at Denver Broncos

Darren McFadden had one of his stronger performances of 2014 last weekend as Oakland upset Buffalo. McFadden wasn’t terribly active in a reserve role behind Latavius Murray, but averaged six yards a carry and accumulated 54 yards. Nevertheless, with limited work and Denver’s tough run defense on tap, McFadden is off the flex radar.

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