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by Chris Kucharski

DAL RB Darren McFadden - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 at Atlanta Falcons

Darren McFadden has not been active this season, but that will change this week with Ezekiel Elliott out (suspension). McFadden will have fresh legs and should see some touches behind new starter Alfred Morris. We know McFadden has a decent NFL pedigree so he will be able to contribute.

He has a great matchup this week against the Falcons, who are ranked 24th in aFPA to running backs. It is really a wait-and see situation with the Cowboys' running back usage. For Week 10, keep McFadden on the bench, but he wouldn't be a bad waiver wire pickup if he is available in your league.

by Chris Kucharski

DAL RB Darren McFadden - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Darren McFadden was depth for most fantasy owners heading into 2017, but with the suspension of Ezekiel Elliot, McFadden will be a viable option for six weeks. McFadden does have a track record and has had success in the NFL. With the Cowboys' strong offensive line, McFadden should put up RB1 numbers for the short term.

Fantasy Upside

We already mentioned McFadden is a six-week project. But another issue is he might end splitting those carries with Alfred Morris. After the six weeks, McFadden won't have much value except in deep leagues.

2017 Bottom Line

You aren't going to select McFadden early in your draft for just six weeks of production, but if you can get him around the eighth round, that would carry some value. The real coup would be to somehow get both McFadden and Elliot. McFadden will be an RB1 temporarily so the pick will pay dividends.

by Chris Kucharski

DAL RB Darren McFadden - Week 17, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Philadelphia
Darren McFadden should get the most carries for the day, even though Ezekiel Elliot will probably start. The Cowboys will take it easy on Sunday as they try to keep people healthy.

Expect 15 touches for McFadden, which is enough to consider him for your starting lineup as a RB3 or flex for Week 17

by Chris Kucharski

DAL RB Darren McFadden - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Darren McFadden was sort of reborn after coming over from the Raiders to Dallas last season. He started 10 games and averaged 4.7 yard per carry, his highest average since 2011. He surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the second time in his career and he caught 40 passes as well. So why no buzz after putting up decent numbers last year...?

Fantasy Downside
Because McFadden is not very likely to see the football more than four or five times a game. Dallas went out and drafted Ezekiel Elliot to be their franchise running back, which leaves McFadden as a back without playing time.

2016 Bottom Line
McFadden is still the Cowboys No. 2 running back and there is still an outside chance Elliot is not what he appears. If that case, McFadden could get another chance, but that's a big if. For now, McFadden has been going around the 16th round area (The third string back Alfred Morris is going ahead of him in drafts). He is a bit risky, but still could find a way to get on the field and get some touches.

by Chris Kucharski

DAL RB Darren McFadden - Week 17, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Washington

Darren McFadden carried the ball 19 times for 99 yards last week and expect that to be the case this week as well. The Cowboys will rely on the running game with Kellen Moore at quarterback so frequency will not be an issue for McFadden.

The Redskins are 20th in aFPA to running backs and McFadden did score a touchdown the last time these two teams met. He rushed 14 times for 54 yards.. The frequency should carry him to a big game in Week 17. Start McFadden in all leagues and formats.

by Chris Kucharski

DAL RB Darren McFadden - Week 16, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Buffalo
Expect a heavy dose of Darren McFadden on Sunday. He has been running very well with his second straight 100-plus rushing yard game and the Cowboys want to take as much pressure off of QB Kellen Moore as possible. We could see McFadden up around the 20 carry mark considering Buffalo is ranked 26th in aFPA. Although we still worry about the whole Dallas offense, McFadden is definitely a good start as a solid RB1 for Week 16.

by Chris Kucharski

DAL RB Darren McFadden - Week 15, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs New York Jets

Darren McFadden only ran the ball nine times last week, but it was for a total of 111 yards. It was about the only bright spot in the Dallas offense and McFadden should remain the most important player on the offense with QB Tony Romo out.

The Cowboys face the Jets who should be a tough matchup for McFadden. New York is eigth in aFPA to running backs and they will be very aware of the QB situation which means stop the run and make Matt Cassel beat you. Because we expect McFadden to get plenty of frequency, he still should be in your lineup, but only as a low-end RB2 for Week 15.

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