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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%: 85/44 | Average Draft Position: 130.43
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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.


Raiders to use 'hot hand' approach at running back in Week 2


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) The Raiders will go with a "hot hand" approach at the running back position Sunday with Maurice Jones-Drew sidelined by a broken hand, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

"It depends on how the game plays out," head coach Dennis Allen said. "If we have somebody with a hot hand, we are going to go with him. But all of our backs will play."

Darren McFadden is expected to get the start, but Latavius Murray should also have the opportunity to record a fair number of touches if he impresses early. Oakland is going against a Houston team that was gashed for 131 yards on 23 carries (5.7 yards per carry) in Week 1.


Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden struggle


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) The Raiders running backs had little room Sunday at the Jets in Week 1 in a 19-14 loss. Both Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden had minimal production.

Jones-Drew started and had nine carries for 11 yards and two catches for 12 yards on three targets. McFadden had four carries for 15 yards and one catch for 6 yards on one target.

The Raiders play host to the Texans in Week 2.


Maurice Jones-Drew enters season as No. 1 back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Raiders released their depth chart for Week 1 at the Jets, and running back Maurice Jones-Drew retained the top spot ahead of Darren McFadden. However, the team's official website says McFadden should "get plenty of carries."

Darren McFadden struggles in loss to Packers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden touched the ball four times and gained three yards Friday night in Green Bay.

McFadden rushed three times for five yards and caught one pass for minus-2. It was a far cry from his achievements in the second preseason game, when he rushed for 27 yards and earned the praise of Dennis Allen.


Dennis Allen calls Darren McFadden explosive


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden ran eight times for 27 yards (3.4 ypc) and a touchdown Saturday against the Lions. To coach Dennis Allen, it was a very impressive performance.

"I think Darren is probably running the ball as well as I've seen him run it since I've been here," Allen told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I think he's probably more explosive than I've seen him since I've been here."

However, Allen is keeping Maurice Jones-Drew as the official starter. "Both those guys are going to get significant playing time and both those guys are guys that are going to help us," Allen said.


Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden share the load Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Raiders running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden shared reps with the first-team offense Friday night at home against the Lions in exhibition play. Both players were lifted after logging four series of work.

On the opening snap of the game, Jones-Drew took a handoff for a gain of 4 yards, but failed to make much of an impact the rest of the way. He finished with six carries for 12 yards. His lone catch of the night was a short screen pass from Matt Schaub, which he took for a gain of 22 yards in the second quarter.

McFadden punched it in the end zone from 1-yard out in the second quarter, scoring his first touchdown of the preseason. He finished the game with eight carries for 27 yards and a touchdown, averaging 3.4 yards per attempt. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Maurice Jones-Drew gets the start over Darren McFadden Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew made his debut and got the start over Darren McFadden during Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings in Minnesota.

Jones-Drew worked the first two series with the first team offense and finished with two carries for 10 yards. He also caught all two of his targeted passes for 14 yards. McFadden made the best out of his lone touch of the night. He had one carry for a gain of 23 yards in the second quarter and was not targeted in the passing game.

Maurice Jones-Drew listed as Raiders' starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Raiders' first depth chart lists Maurice Jones-Drew as the starting running back and Darren McFadden as the backup. Latavius Murray is on the third team.

Darren McFadden ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew for No. 1 job


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden "has the starting edge" over Maurice Jones-Drew, reports SI.com. The website adds, however, that "this should be a committee backfield considering McFadden’s injury history -- he’s yet to play a full season in six."

Raiders planning run-first attack


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) New Raiders left tackle Donald Penn told Sirius XM NFL Radio that the team will be run-heavy in 2014, seemingly good news for Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden. "We're gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us," Penn said.

Oakland averaged 27.3 rushing attempts last year, which ranked 16th.


Raiders noticing their RBs' burst, explosiveness


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Expectations might not be high for the Raiders' pair of older running backs coming off of injuries, but so far through minicamp both Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden have passed the eyeball test of their peers, says the Contra Costa Times

Quarterback Matt Schaub has seen them showing good burst and making explosive plays as a receiver, believing that the way they complement each other "is going to be a key to our success."

Head coach Dennis Allen agrees. 

"When you watch 'em practice, you see guys that still have explosion, guys that still have run skills, guys that still make people miss," Allen said. "I don't pay a lot of attention to what the statistics may say. I just see what I see with my eyes, and I see a couple of guys that if they can stay healthy, have the ability to perform at a high level."

That is a big "if" from Allen -- McFadden hasn't been able to stay healthy throughout his career and Jones-Drew is a year and change removed from a Lisfranc foot injury.