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20 Darren McFadden RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/218 | Birthdate: 8/27/1987 | Birthplace: Little Rock, AR, USA | Team: Oakland | College: Arkansas | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 54/6 | Average Draft Position: 130.43
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Raiders happy with Latavius Murray as primary ballcarrier


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Asked Monday about Latavius Murray's status as the Raiders' primary ballcarrier, coach Tony Sparano said, "I've had no thought of changing that," reports CSNCalifornia.com.

Murray ran 12 times for 59 yards in the loss to the Chiefs after carrying 23 times for 76 yards Week 14 against San Francisco. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew combined for four carries Sunday.

Oakland hosts the Bills in Week 16.


Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece take lesser role for Raiders


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Raiders running backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece took on lesser roles Week 14 against the 49ers.

Latavius Murray got the bulk of the work, picking up 23 carries. McFadden was limited to just four carries. He gained 5 yards. He was not targeted in the passing game. Reece had just two carries for 2 yards. He was a much bigger threat in the passing game, gaining 64 yards on seven receptions. He managed to haul in a 9 yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Both players will look for more Week 15 against the Chiefs. 


Marcel Reece leads Raiders backfield Week 13


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Fullback Marcel Reece was the most productive member of the Raiders' backfield Week 13 at St. Louis. Reece ran four times for 12 yards and caught six of eight targets for 48 yards.

Running back Darren McFadden carried 11 times for 27 yards and caught both his targets for 18 yards. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew rushed five times for 21 yards and secured three of four targets for 23 yards.

Oakland played without impressive second-year back Latavius Murray, who's recovering from a concussion. The Raiders face the 49ers in Week 14.


Raiders carries will be determined by 'flow' of the game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The Raiders will distribute their carries based on the "flow" of the game on Sunday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Latavius Murray has been ruled out due to a concussion, leaving Marcel Reece, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden in the backfield. Head coach Tony Sparano confirmed that carries would depend on both "flow" and the game situation. It's unclear which player will get the start. 


Raiders RB Darren McFadden struggles in win vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed for just 29 yards on 12 carries while catching both of his targets for another five yards in his team's 24-20 win over the Chiefs Thursday.

McFadden was on his way towards becoming an afterthought, as sparkplug Latavius Murray racked up 112 yards and two touchdowns on his first four carries. However, Murray suffered a concussion while taking a big hit on a kick return and didn't play in the second half, leaving the door open for McFadden to lead the team in carries. He hasn't cracked three yards per carry in any of his last four games. The Raiders are set to face the Rams in Week 13.


Bigger role predicted for Raiders RB Latavius Murray


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Latavius Murray led Raiders running backs in snaps last week at San Diego, and he's expected to at least split time with Darren McFadden on Thursday against the Chiefs, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. Murray got more work than normal in practice this week, according to Kaplan.

Murray ran four times for 43 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards against the Chargers. He played 27 snaps, while McFadden played 22 and Maurice Jones-Drew played 10.


Raiders RB Darren McFadden bottled up in Week 11 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed for just 21 yards on eight carries while failing to catch any of his three targets in his team's 13-6 loss to the Chargers Sunday.

McFadden had trouble getting anything going in the running game, only gaining five yards twice on his best carries. He appeared to lose plenty of time to Latavius Murray in the fourth quarter after the youngster provided a spark late in the third. McFadden's 2.6 yards-per-carry mark Sunday represented his best total in his last three games, and it's possible the Raiders could feed Murray more in the late part of the season as they evaluate the roster for the future. The Raiders have a Thursday night matchup with the Chiefs on tap.


Raiders' McFadden finishes with season-low 14 rushing yards


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden had one of his worst performances of the season during a 41-17 loss Week 10 vs. Denver. McFadden was held to a season-low 14 rushing yards on seven carries, while adding four catches for 22 yards.

The 14 rushing yards was his lowest total since totaling 15 yards on four carries in the season opener. McFadden has just 34 rushing yards in his last two games and is averaging 1.7 yards per carry in that span.

The Raiders are back in action Week 11 at San Diego. McFadden had a season-high 80 rushing yards Week 6 against San Diego.


Long odds for Darren McFadden


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2014) CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Darren McFadden among their top 30 running backs for Week 10 against Denver, which makes him at least a passable flex option in standard leagues. But in a week with six teams on bye, that's not saying much.

McFadden, of course, hasn't been the most productive back to begin with, only once rushing for even 60 yards in a game, and the Broncos rank No. 1 against the run, allowing 71.6 yards per game. And because they have one of the best offenses in the league and the Raiders one of the worst, they're likely to pull away early, giving the Raiders even more incentive to pass.

Of course, McFadden is a big enough part of the passing game that he could still factor that way, but his chances of putting up big numbers this week appear even slimmer than usual. If you're able to sit him, it's probably a good idea.


Raiders RB Darren McFadden does nothing on the ground


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden did absolutely nothing on the ground Week 9.

McFadden carried the ball 13 times, gaining 20 yards. He averaged just 1.5 yards per carry on the day. McFadden did find a way to provide value through the passing game. He wound up leading the team in receiving yards, catching four passes for 47 yards. McFadden was targeted five times during the contest. 

McFadden will take on the Broncos Week 10. 


Critical fumble mars decent effort by Raiders RB McFadden


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden might have received many more carries Sunday against the host Browns had his team not been behind the entire game. But he made good use of the 12 he did get - at least until one huge mistake.

McFadden rushed for 59 yards for a 4.9 YPC average. He also caught four passes for 26 yards. He began strong with a 16-yard burst up the middle on his first carry, but his fumble in Browns territory with 1:12 left in the third quarter and his team down just 9-6 proved deadly. The Raiders never recovered.

He will seek a more complete effort when Oakland plays at Seattle next Sunday.


Darren McFadden a worthy start?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/23/2014) Thanks to a season-high 80 rushing yards in one game and a rushing touchdown in the other, Raiders running back Darren McFadden has been at least passable in Fantasy the last couple weeks. In Week 8, he has a rare opportunity to be something more than that.

The Raiders are visiting the Browns, who rank dead last against the run, allowing 155.5 yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry. They were responsible for Denard Robinson's breakthrough 127-yard performance in Week 7 and Lorenzo Taliaferro's 91-yard effort that got everyone so excited back in Week 3. The Browns also don't have such an explosive offense that the Raiders will be forced to pass all day.

McFadden has a good enough chance of delivering respectable numbers that you should at least pay him a second thought as a flex option in a standard 12-team league. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him among their top 24 running backs for this week.


Darren McFadden still carries limited value


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden has fallen on such hard times that even a three-week span with one double-digit Fantasy performance counts as a career renaissance. Does he have another level he can take his game to?

McFadden ranks 29th among running backs in Fantasy points over his last three games, but has just 25 Fantasy points. This might be more indicative of just how bad the position has been recently, as he isn't exactly lighting the world on fire. McFadden has topped 4.0 yards per carry just once this season, and has registered one or more Fantasy points through the air in just two games.

McFadden gets work, which will always make him an interesting Fantasy option, no matter how mediocre he is. Still, there are higher upside options out there than McFadden, who also carries the constant risk of injury. As a third Fantasy running back, McFadden is fine, but he doesn't have much more value than that at this point.  


Raiders' Darren McFadden leads the way Week 7


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden led the way on the ground Week 7.

McFadden again received the majority of the carries for Oakland, picking up 48 yards on 14 carries. He averaged just 3.4 yards per attempt during the contest. McFadden did manage to plunge in on a 1 yard run near the end of the second quarter. McFadden also hauled in four passes, but only gained 7 yards. 

He'll look for more Week 8 against the Browns. 


Does Darren McFadden matter again?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/14/2014) Darren McFadden's performance Week 6 against San Diego was notable. Not only did he again stave off Maurice Jones-Drew, who played only 25 percent of the snaps in his second game back from minor hand surgery and carried only four times, but McFadden also ran for a season-high 80 yards against a defense that ranks ninth against the run.

McFadden hasn't exactly been a workhorse for the Raiders, but for the season he's averaging 3.9 yards per carry. He has been good enough to keep getting chances.

So does he deserve a second chance (or third or fourth) in Fantasy? That might be going a bit far. Given McFadden's injury history, the Raiders may never trust him to carry a full load and may gradually increase Jones-Drew's carries as he works his way back into form. Also, a big reason McFadden didn't get more carries in Jones-Drew's absence is because the 0-5 Raiders were so often playing from behind. That doesn't figure to change.

McFadden deserves to be owned in Fantasy because the opportunity is there for him to exceed expectations, but as things stand now, you probably shouldn't start him except as a bye-week replacement.


Raiders' Darren McFadden has semi-vintage performance Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden had somewhat of a vintage performance in a Week 6 defeat to the Chargers on Sunday.

McFadden got the start and had three runs of 10-plus yards, including a 17-yard run late in the third quarter for his longest gain of the day. He took 14 handoffs for a season-high 80 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.He was thrown to four times and finished with two catches for 6 yards in a 31-28 defeat. He has 231 rushing yards on the year.

The Raiders will host the Cardinals in Week 7.


Can anything be salvaged in Raiders' backfield?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) The Raiders backfield duo of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew has produced just 27 Fantasy points over four games, falling well short of even our most pessimistic expectations so far. Is there any upside moving forward?

McFadden has taken the lead with Jones-Drew slowed by injury, but has done little to inspire confidence, rushing for just 3.4 yards per carry on 45 attempts. With a full bye week to recover, there is reason to think Jones-Drew will take on a heavier load in Week 6 against the Chargers, but you will probably want to steer clear of both this week.

The Chargers are allowing 15.8 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, the 13th-lowest total in the league. However, they have allowed just 18 points total to the last two backfields they faced, with both the Jaguars and Jets featuring similarly underwhelming options in the running game.

Both McFadden and Jones-Drew have been productive players in the past, but it is hard to see them turning back the lock this Sunday. Consider neither player more than a flex option. 


Prioritizing running backs on the waiver wire


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The running back position has been a tough one to pin down for Fantasy owners this season, with so many big names struggling -- if they aren't out of action entirely. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to hit on your waiver-wire pickups. Jamey Eisenberg's top waiver-wire targets at the running back position are as follows:

The Vikings' Jerick McKinnon, The Ravens' Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro, the Browns' Isaiah Crowell and the Texans' Alfred Blue. Additionally, Andre Williams of the Giants, Darrin Reaves of the Panthers and Denard Robinson of the Jaguars are mentioned as possible options worth targeting.

If you need a roster spot, consider dropping Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams and Darren McFadden this week. 


Darren McFadden does little in starting role vs. Dolphins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden got the start but failed to make much of an impact in a Week 4 loss to the Dolphins in London.

Maurice Jones-Drew was eased back into action, so McFadden shouldered the load early on. But with the game well out of hand, the Raiders focused more on passing game. He was limited to 11 carries for 40 yards, averaging 3.6 yards per attempt. He also caught four of the five passes thrown his way for 32 yards.

The Raiders will have a bye week before hosting the Chargers in Week 6. Jones-Drew may be healthy enough to earn the starting no by then.


Return of Maurice Jones-Drew not exactly good news


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) The Raiders have been waiting for the return of Maurice Jones-Drew, and that is expected to happen in Week 4 against the Dolphins. Fantasy owners, however, should not be so excited about his return.

Darren McFadden has been ineffective in Jones-Drew's absence, but is not likely to be relegated to the bench just because Jones-Drew is back. In fact, the two players split time nearly evenly in Week 1, with Jones-Drew playing 28 offensive snaps, to McFadden's 24.

The Dolphins have allowed 23.3 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season, though 43 of the 72 points allowed came in last week's game against the Chiefs. On the surface, this seems like a fine matchup, but the Raiders' offense is unlikely to replicate the success the Chiefs' success. With Jones-Drew and McFadden likely to split time, neither makes much sense as much more than a bye-week replacement for Week 4. 


Maurice Jones-Drew says he's ready to play again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who has missed the last two games due to a hand injury, told NFL Network Wednesday he is ready to return Week 4 against the Dolphins. 

"Yeah, definitely," Jones-Drew said on NFL AM. "It's not up to me, but I feel like I'll be able to play."

Darren McFadden has started the last two games in Jones-Drew's absence.

"Just trying to get on the field and help my man (McFadden) out," Jones-Drew said. "I feel we both do better if we both out there. So obviously he's been taking the brunt of the carries and the brunt of the reps, so I want to get out there and try and give him a blow here and there and let him get his legs back underneath him so he can run."


Darren McFadden denied a touchdown


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden, getting another start in place of the injured Maurice Jones-Drew, had a modest rushing total Week 3 at New England, picking up 59 yards on 18 carries. He also had four catches for 6 yards. He nearly scored a game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter, plunging into the end zone from 6 yards out, but the play was overturned by a holding penalty. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr threw an interception on the very next play.

Jones-Drew's status for Week 4 is at this point unknown. The Raiders have a favorable matchup against the Dolphins, who gave up 132 yards to Chiefs backup running back Knile Davis in Week 3.


Maurice Jones-Drew not expected to play for Oakland


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew is expected to miss a second straight game following a procedure on his hand, NFL Network reported Sunday morning. The Raiders play at the Patriots. Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray will once again pick up the slack in his absence. 

Dennis Allen likes the way Darren McFadden is running


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Raiders coach Dennis Allen praised running back Darren McFadden's work in Sunday's loss to the Texans. "I thought he ran the ball hard," Allen told ESPN.com.

"I thought he looked explosive. That was good to see. Hopefully we'll be able to continue to get him more opportunities."

With Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) sitting out, McFadden ran 12 times for 37 yards (3.1 ypc) and a touchdown and caught two passes for 31 yards.


Darren McFadden gets the start, scores a touchdown in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden got the start and found the end zone Sunday afternoon at home against the Texans in Week 2.

McFadden was limited to six carries for 17 yards on the ground in the first half. He bounced back by scoring on a touchdown run from 1-yard out in the third quarter. Outside of the rushing touchdown, he failed to make much of an impacy and didn't even finish the game as the team's top rusher. His quarterback (Derek Carr) did.

McFadden took 12 handoffs for 37 yards and a touchdown on the ground, averaging 3.1 yards per attempt. He also caught two passes for 31 yards in a 30-14 defeat.

The Raiders will travel to New England for a Week 3 showdown against the Patriots. It remains to be seen if Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) will be ready to return. If he can't play, the team will likely rely on McFadden to shoulder the load again on Sunday.