Darren McFadden Fantasy News

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (illness, questionable) missed practice Friday and is questionable for Week 17. McFadden could see a big workload if he’s healthy since the team is expected to limit Ezekiel Elliott against the Eagles.

Cowboys QB Mark Sanchez, RB Darren McFadden to see expanded roles in Week 17

Thursday, December 29, 2016, 4:43pm

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Cowboys planning on giving veteran QB Mark Sanchez majority of snaps at position Sunday at Eagles, source said.

Another report said that Darren McFadden is expected to see more work than Ezekiel Elliott.

Fantasy Impact:

Owners should steer clear of the Dallas starters this week.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant active vs. Bucs

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:20pm

Cowboys Inactives
Morris Claiborne CB
Demarcus Lawrence DE
Alfred Morris RB
Mark Nzeocha OLB
Mark Sanchez QB
Cedric Thornton DT
J.J. Wilcox SS

Related players: Darren McFadden, Dez Bryant

Fantasy Impact:

Alfred Morris is inactive, passed by Darren McFadden as the backup to Ezekiel Elliott. While there wasn't much doubt, Dez Bryant is also active after being added late to the injury report last week.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:41pm

DallasCowboys.com - [Full Article]

Darren McFadden has officially moved back to the 53-man roster as of Tuesday afternoon.

The Cowboys activated the veteran running back from the Non-Football Injury list after a lengthy absence caused by a broken elbow. They released rookie running back Darius Jackson to make room on the roster.

The decision to release Jackson is at least mildly surprising, but the Cowboys were in a bit of a tough spot given their good overall health at this point in the season. Adding McFadden to the roster would have given them five total running backs, and Jackson had yet to appear in uniform for a regular season game.

Fantasy Impact:

The decision to activate McFadden gives the Cowboys three running backs with 1,000-yard seasons on their resumes. Ezekiel Elliott is currently sitting on 1,392 yards during his rookie campaign, and Alfred Morris posted totals of 1,613, 1,275 and 1,074 during his first three years with Washington.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden to begin practicing

Monday, November 21, 2016, 12:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It’s not every day a team can add the fourth-leading rusher in the NFL from the previous season to its roster, but that’s what the Dallas Cowboys will do this week.

Darren McFadden, who ran for 1,089 yards last season, will begin practice this week after spending the first 11 weeks of the season on the non-football injury list because of a broken elbow suffered in the spring.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cowboys will be able to have McFadden practice for three weeks before having to add him to the 53-man roster or moving him to injured reserve. If he is not activated by the Dec. 18 meeting against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he will not be eligible to play this season.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden says he's ready to go

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 8:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Darren McFadden is eligible to return from the non-football injury list, but the Dallas Cowboys will take at least another week before deciding whether to activate him or not.

With only one practice this week because of Sunday's bye, it does not make sense to start McFadden's three-week practice window until next week.

Fantasy Impact:

McFadden said his surgically-repaired right elbow is "feeling great," although he does not have full range of motion that is "good enough for me to play with. Everything is good with it. Just a little small hitch in it, but I don't think it's anything that's going to affect me."

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden placed on NFI

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 8:39am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cowboys placed running back Darren McFadden on the reserve/non-football injury list over the weekend, clearing him from the 53-man roster and leaving him ineligible to play or practice for the first six weeks of the season.

“I don’t know if disappointment is the word for it,” McFadden said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s worse than disappointment to me. I was definitely hoping to be back out there for the start. It’s one of those things I have to sit back and get ready.”

Fantasy Impact:

McFadden says he feels like he’s fully healed from the fractured elbow he suffered in June, although a result of the injury is that he may never have full extension of the elbow again, the story said. That’s not something McFadden believes will stand in the way of a return to the field, which explains his reaction to being placed on the list. Look for Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris to get a bulk of the snaps at RB for Dallas.

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar set to return to practice

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 3:33pm

DallasCowboys.com - [Full Article]

The Cowboys’ first practice at their new facility will feature a new face – or at least a new participant.

Lance Dunbar certainly isn’t new, but it’s been nearly a year since he practiced with the Cowboys after tearing his ACL and his patellar tendon last October. Dunbar has been working diligently on his rehab in the 10 months since, and he’s prepare to take the next step.

“We work our way back into practice, so today I’ll be doing individuals – slowly working back in,” he said on Sunday afternoon.
The fifth-year running back opened training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which made him unavailable for practice. But alongside fellow running back Darren McFadden, he was a constant at strength and conditioning sessions during practice.

Fantasy Impact:

After what has surely been a trying wait, Dunbar should be able to finally get his feet wet in his return to football. It’s unlikely he’ll appear in any of the competitive portions of practice, but it’s a start. Dunbar can be a pass-catching weapon for the Boys as well as a gadget player. He played in all 16 games for Dallas in 2014 and had just 29 rushes and 18 receptions. Last year he was averaging five catches a game through four games before the injury. We only project him for 20 receptions this year.

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 1:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dallas RB Alfred Morris is competing with Darren McFadden, who has missed the first two preseason games as he recovers from a broken elbow, and rookie Darius Jackson for the backup job behind first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott.

“He was more of a first- and second-down back in Washington,” coach Jason Garrett said, “so we’re giving him an opportunity to do some other things here. He’s a good football player and a pro. He’s working hard and learning every day.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the he’s running well enough to get it, but the Cowboys want him to be a better receiver and blocker. He caught a screen pass for a short gain and dropped another pass in the flat and pass catching was never something he excelled at with the Skins. He’s worked hard to improve as a blocker, the story said.

Cowboys Beat: RB Ezekiel Elliott should see 'roughly 280-300 carries'

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 12:12pm

Dallas Cowboys - [Full Article]

David Helman of DallasCowboys.com:

I don’t think it’s even a question that Ezekiel Elliott will be first string, and I’d say that even if Darren McFadden was 100 percent healthy. To your second point, I don’t think “concerned” is the word I’d use, but it’s definitely something I’d be mindful of. DeMarco Murray got 83 percent of the carries for this team in 2014, and he finished with more than 400 total touches. That’s a tad much for anyone, let alone a rookie. Fortunately, the Cowboys have vastly superior depth at the position this year. I think Zeke will finish with roughly 280-300 carries, which would put him right around 18-20 per game. That should leave plenty of carries for Alfred Morris and McFadden to get involved.

Fantasy Impact:

It's doubtful that the Cowboys drafted Elliott #4 overall to let him sit behind McFadden and/or Morris as a rookie. As long as he doesn't fall on his face, he should be the workhorse, with McFadden and Morris sprinkling in as change-of-pace backs. McFadden’s offseason injury only serves to help Elliott’s chances of RB1 touches.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden out for 'a couple months' after elbow surgery

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 12:54pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told reporters on Tuesday that Darren McFadden recently had surgery on a broken elbow he suffered in an accident at his home. McFadden is out for a couple months, and may or may not be ready for Dallas' season opener against the New York Giants in September.

Fantasy Impact:

If there was ever much doubt, this should cement Ezekiel Elliott's status as the RB1. Alfred Morris will likely serve as Elliott's backup as long as McFadden is sidelined. Rookie running backs who are drafted in the early rounds of fantasy drafts tend to outperform their veteran counterparts, but no rookies in recent memory have been drafted as early as Elliott is being drafted this year (in the 1st round).

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott 'has to earn' RB1 job

Monday, May 30, 2016, 1:46pm

Dallas Cowboys - [Full Article]

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott figures to have a prominent role right away, but he’s also entering a veteran running back room that includes free-agent signing Alfred Morris and returning starter Darren McFadden. If he’s going to be a featured back as a rookie, “Zeke has to earn it,” running backs coach Gary Brown said.

In other words, expect a healthy competition.

“I think that’s the best thing for our team and for those guys going forward,” Brown said.

That’s just fine with Elliott, who says competition “keeps you on your toes and make sure you’re getting that work done.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's doubtful that the Cowboys drafted Elliott #4 overall to let him sit behind Darren McFadden and/or Alfred Morris as a rookie. As long as he doesn't fall on his face, he should be the workhorse, with McFadden and Morris sprinkling in as change-of-pace backs.

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (ACL) may not be ready for Week 1

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 1:51pm

Star-Telegram - [Full Article]

Dunbar saw his 2015 season cut short in October when he suffered a major injury to his left knee against the New Orleans Saints, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and the patella tendon.

There is a chance he might not be ready for the start of the regular season, let alone the start of training camp and is a good candidate to put on the physically unable to perform list.

Related players: Darren McFadden

Fantasy Impact:

In theory, this helps the stock of Darren McFadden since he would serve as the team's primary passing down back with Dunbar sidelined.

Thanksgiving Day Injury Reports & Analysis

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 5:44pm

NFL Communications - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers

CB Charles Tillman (knee)

WR Corey Brown (shoulder)

DT Dwan Edwards (ankle), WR Ted Ginn (knee), LS J.J. Jansen (head), G Andrew Norwell (hamstring)

Dallas Cowboys

CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring, ankle), DE Ryan Russell (abdomen)

WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), WR Brice Butler (hamstring), CB Brandon Carr (shoulder), S Barry Church (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (ankle), S Jeff Heath (shoulder), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), CB Byron Jones (ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), LB Rolando McClain (foot), RB Darren McFadden (groin), QB Tony Romo (back, left shoulder), LB Kyle Wilber (toe)

Philadelphia Eagles

TE Zach Ertz (concussion), RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin)

QB Sam Bradford (concussion, left shoulder), C Jason Kelce (knee), T Jason Peters (back)

LB Kiko Alonso (ankle), LB Connor Barwin (quadricep), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), DE Cedric Thornton (ankle), S Walter Thurmond (hamstring)

Detroit Lions

S Don Carey (back), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DT Caraun Reid (ankle), CB Darius Slay (neck), DT Gabe Wright (ankle)

CB Crezdon Butler (teeth), TE Eric Ebron (quadricep, hand)

Chicago Bears

TE Martellus Bennett (ribs), RB Ka'Deem Carey (concussion), WR Eddie Royal (knee)

RB Matt Forte (knee), WR Alshon Jeffery (groin), S Sherrod Martin (neck), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), LB LaRoy Reynolds (knee), S Antrel Rolle (knee)

Green Bay Packers

WR Jared Abbrederis (rib, chest), WR Ty Montgomery (ankle)

S Micah Hyde (hip), C Corey Linsley (ankle), DE Mike Pennel (quadricep), CB Damarious Randall (hamstring)

WR Davante Adams (ankle), T David Bakhtiari (knee), T Bryan Bulaga (knee), S Morgan Burnett (ankle), LB Jay Elliott (ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), G T.J. Lang (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (ankle, knee), RB Aaron Ripkowski (ankle), G Josh Sitton (knee)

Fantasy Impact:

For the Panthers, if Corey Brown is out, then Devin Funchess figures to be a Sneaky Start once again. With Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews out, Brent Celek and Darren Sproles both get a bump. Celek is a top 10 play this week in a nice matchup with the Lions. Calvin Johnson is questionable but is expected to play. With Martellus Bennett sidelined, Zachary Miller is also a Sneaky Start at the tight end position. He has been very involved the last few weeks and the Packers just gave up a boatload of fantasy points to Kyle Rudolph last week. Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte are both expected to play, but the Bears have been very devious when it comes to handing out injury information. Don't be shocked if either is inactive on Thursday evening. If they both return, it will obviously put a dent in the upside of Marquess Wilson and Jeremy Langford, respectively.

Cowboys Beat: Darren McFadden's workload 'could be reduced' due to wet conditions

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 8:05am

Dallas News - [Full Article]

Although Darren McFadden has received the majority of the team's carries the last four games, his workload could be reduced in what will likely be wet conditions at Miami's Sun Life Stadium.

The running back rotation behind McFadden will likely be Robert Turbin, who was signed Wednesday, and then Rod Smith.

Fantasy Impact:

If McFadden is healthy enough to play, we expect that he'll get the vast majority of the touches considering that the apparent RB2 (Turbin, not Smith) just recently joined the team.

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