Overall Ranking

107 '16 '15 '14
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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    SF @ DAL

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    DAL @ TEN

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    DAL @ LAR

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    NO @ DAL

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    HOU @ DAL

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    DAL @ SEA

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    NYG @ DAL

  • Week 8 - Oct 27

    WAS @ DAL

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    ARI @ DAL

  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    DAL @ JAC

  • Week 11 - Nov 16


  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    DAL @ NYG

  • Week 13 - Nov 27

    PHI @ DAL

  • Week 14 - Dec 04

    DAL @ CHI

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    DAL @ PHI

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    IND @ DAL

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    DAL @ WAS

  • Week 1 - Sep 05

    DAL 24 @ NYG 17

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    DAL 7 @ SEA 27

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    TB 10 @ DAL 16

  • Week 5 - Oct 01

    CHI 34 @ DAL 18

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    DAL @ BAL

  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    DAL @ CAR

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    NYG @ DAL

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    DAL @ ATL

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    DAL @ PHI

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    CLE @ DAL

  • Week 12 - Nov 22

    WAS @ DAL

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    PHI @ DAL

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    DAL 24 @ NYJ 27

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    OAK 35 @ BUF 38

    42 rushes

    222 rush yards

    1 TDs

    8 receptions

    77 rec yards

    1 TDs

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    WAS 16 @ DAL 18

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    DET 34 @ DAL 30

  • Week 5 - Oct 09


  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    DAL 16 @ NE 20

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    LAR 7 @ DAL 34

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    DAL 7 @ PHI 34

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    SEA 13 @ DAL 23

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    BUF 7 @ DAL 44

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    DAL 27 @ WAS 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    DAL 13 @ ARI 19

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    NYG 37 @ DAL 34

  • Week 15 - Dec 17

    DAL 31 @ TB 15

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    PHI 20 @ DAL 7

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    DAL 7 @ WAS 13

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    LAR 14 @ OAK 16

    30 rushes

    145 rush yards

    0 TDs

    2 receptions

    8 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    DAL 27 @ HOU 13

  • Week 4 - Oct 03


  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    TEN 34 @ DAL 27

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    DAL 21 @ MIN 24

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    OAK 59 @ DEN 14

    16 rushes

    165 rush yards

    3 TDs

    2 receptions

    31 rec yards

    1 TDs

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    JAC 35 @ DAL 17

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    DAL 7 @ GB 45

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    DAL 33 @ NYG 20

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    DET 19 @ DAL 35

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    NO 30 @ DAL 27

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    DAL 38 @ IND 35

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    OAK 31 @ JAC 38

    16 rushes

    123 rush yards

    2 TDs

    3 receptions

    86 rec yards

    1 TDs

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    WAS 30 @ DAL 33

  • Week 16 - Dec 25

    DAL 26 @ ARI 27

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    OAK 31 @ KC 10

    223 rushes

    1,157 rush yards

    7 TDs

    47 receptions

    507 rec yards

    3 TDs


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Darren McFadden

Dallas Cowboys

2008 - 2011 Statistics

                           RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats         113      614      4        19        23        154      1         106.8     15.3

2010 Stats         223     1157     7        47        61        507      3          226.4     17.4

2009 Stats         104      357      1        21        36        245      0           66.2      5.5

2008 Stats         113      499      4        29        38        285      0         102.4       7.9

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Has started off his last two seasons hotter than most anybody. His first three games last year were huge fantasy games

(+) DMAC won't have to give up carries to Michael Bush any longer

(+) In fact, he doesn’t have much of a threat from anyone stealing his carries this year (best backup is smallish Taiwan Jones or Mike Goodson)

(+) All indications point to RUNDMC being totally healed from his Lisfranc foot dislocation injury

(+) With Carson Palmer at QB and Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford at WR, the Raiders have an explosive offense

(+) When healthy, McFadden is the most dynamic running back in the league

(–) In four NFL seasons, Darren has yet to play more than 13 games in any one of them

(–) Due to his injury history, it's scary to walk out of drafts with him as your RB1. He might be better suited as a studly RB2

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2009 Review

Darren McFadden

~  Ranked 56th in the league with 60.2 RB fantasy points (basic scoring system)

~  Tied for 74th in the league with 1 rushing touchdowns

~  Tied for 228th in the league with 1 total touchdowns

~  Ranked 54th in the league with 357 rushing yards

~  Ranked 53rd in the league with 29.8 rushing yards per game

~  Tied for 49th in the league with 104 attempts

~  Tied for 68th in the league with 1 rush of 20+ yards

~  Tied for 71st in the league with 13 rushes for first downs

~  Lost 4 fumbles on the year

~  Tied for 37th among running backs with 21 receptions

~  Ranked 25th among running backs with 245 receiving yards

~  Set career high in yards/reception (11.7)

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

We wish we had this forum to rip this pick when the Raiders made it a few years ago.  Criminally over-drafted, Darren McFadden is fast, big and strong, but just might not be much of a football player.  He’s relatively skinny through the legs and waist and goes down far too easily because of it, plus heʼs been injured and unproductive from the moment he stepped in the league.  Desperate Raiders fans or guys in your league that want to justify their dynasty picks may talk this guy up and call him their sleeper of the year, but let them waste their breath.

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2008 RB Draft Class


McFadden stretching out for a TD and showing his Tats

McFadden's pimpin' ride

Pimpin' ride McFadden!

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Darren signed a six-year, $60 million contract back in June of ‘08 that contained $26 million guaranteed and a $6.4 million “log” bonus.  The rest is listed below:

2010 - $3,937,500

2011 - $4,593,750

2012 - $5.25 million

2013 - $660,000

2014 - Free Agent

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Michael Bush is the necessary handcuff to McFadden, seeing that either one could breakout this year

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule

SOS - Oakland Raiders


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Injury Report


Battled turf toe for most of the ’08 season, had shoulder surgery before the '09 season, then tore his meniscus during the '09 season
Yeah, he's a risk

Razorback is Back for Jones

Pyro's take: Run DMC has returned for Week 15 after reportedly falling in his shower in the offseason. Jerry Jones has always been fond of DMC.

Fantasy Goo: Expect DMC to cut into Morris' carries as he could be a healthy scratch. Zeke is still the workhorse back here, but if he gets injured it becomes an RBBC rather than Morris being a top 10 fill in. You can drop Morris if need be.

12/18/16, 10:58 AM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

RUN DMC Not Worried About His Future In Dallas

Dallas Cowboys

Pyro's take: Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) could start the season on the NFI list due to an elbow injury suffered during Memorial Day Weekend in May. McFadden missed all of the preseason and training camp practices with the ailment and saw the emergence of Alfred Morris in his absence. McFadden spoke to reporters on his preparation to return to football activities this week. “I can’t put a number of practices on it,” he said. “It’s just all about taking the reps and getting a feel for things and getting moving around.” McFadden's status for the regular-season opener remains uncertain.

Fantasy Goo: McFadden's name has been in the midst of trade rumors in the wake of Alfred Morris having stellar preseason performances. If McFadden remains in Dallas, he will likely enter the season behind Ezekiel Elliott and Morris on the depth chart as a role player. McFadden should start the upcoming fantasy football campaign on the waiver wire with Elliott and Morris as Dallas' top two draftable running backs.

09/03/16, 04:31 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.espn.com

We Want E.Z.

Garrett said the Cowboys have a plan for Zeke getting 8-12 plays, touches as a runner and a receiver.

Pyro's take: Garrett said the Cowboys have a plan for Zeke getting 8-12 plays, touches as a runner and a receiver.

Fantasy Goo: Ezekiel Elliott is about to blow the roof off of this MUTHA or maybe he will not. Elliott is about to play his first preseason game. We do know that since he is a Cowboy that his performance will be huge talk for everyone. It is all on Elliott’s shoulders now as we have all hyped him plenty. Let me shift gears. Alfred Morris and or Darren McFadden will possibly have the keys to the Cowboys offense for a couple weeks or so this season. Elliott is a rookie and if he does not for some reason produce what Jerry Jones expects or by injury we could see Morris or McFadden playing. Last year McFadden was the #4 rusher in the NFL. Morris showed that as a veteran he can be “The Man” per the recent preseason game. My point is that everyone should consider using a pick on Morris (as of now) or DMC who both offer low risk with possible ass kicking reward. DMC did well without Tony Romo playing. With Romo the whole offense should be 'Dyn-o-mite'.

08/23/16, 02:04 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Darren McFadden broke his elbow trying to rescue his iPhone

McFadden underwent surgery for a broken right elbow Tuesday morning and is expected to miss at least two months

Pyro's take: McFadden underwent surgery for a broken right elbow Tuesday morning and is expected to miss at least two months. There's a possibility he'll be ready for the opener on Sept. 11 against the New York Giants.

Fantasy Goo: The E.Z.E. Ezekiel Elliott train is picking up more steam! Elliott appears to be destined for the first round in many fantasy drafts with this news. He has not played a single down in the N.F.L. but, we all know that Dallas Cowboys hype is often the largest. It will now cost a pretty penny for the rookie. Alfred Morris stock is rising as well with the backup role set to be his if DMC recovers slowly. Alf could also see more time to begin the season being he has actually played in the league.

06/14/16, 05:54 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: sportsday.dallasnews.com

Run DMC Said to Play in Week 11, but we Might See Turbin


Pyro's take: Romo's return and t is actually a fantastic RB mathcup. Dolphins have given up the 2nd most FF Points to RBs so far. McFadden is said to start,. but if indeed he suffers a set bnack, the team will go with Rod Smith. I love the match up, DMC has been able to keep himself on the field the last year and a half, I would likely gamble with him. Rod Smith is not a bad stash, just in case McFadden does aggrevate his injury. Rovert Turbin, who just signed, is listed as 3rd on the depth chart.

11/21/15, 04:38 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: espn.go.com

Darren McFadden's (groin) limited practice on Thursday


Pyro's take: Ian Rapoport mentioned via Twitter "#Cowboys listed Darren McFadden as limited with a groin injury, but my understanding is they were just keeping him fresh. Nothing serious."

Continue to monitor his progress, as this is probably not the last time we will hear about his playing status this week.

11/19/15, 09:39 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Darren McFadden will double down as a runner and a receiver against Seattle


Pyro's take: Without Joseph Randle on Sunday, Darren McFadden will take on a bigger role against the Seattle Seahawks. He already was going to be the Cowboys’ starting running back after his 152-yard effort last week. Without Randle, he will have to serve a dual role because Christine Michael and Rod Smith don’t have experience in the Cowboys’ passing game. -- Todd Archer

10/31/15, 08:11 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

DMC "absolutely" earned more opportunities with his play last night. Garrett says he has earned more touches.


Pyro's take: Darren McFadden looked good with the opportunities he received on Sunday night. Dallas staff writer David Helman tweeted "DMC "absolutely" earned more opportunities with his play last night. Garrett says he has earned more touches."

10/27/15, 03:16 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Ed Werder, Darren McFadden is expected to replace Lance Dunbar (ACL) on passing downs.


Pyro's take: From what looked like was going to be a mess to some clarity. Ed Werder has reported via twitter "I've been told to expect Darren McFadden to replace injured Lance Dunbar as the #Cowboys back in passing situations"

Joseph Randle will continue to see most of the Cowboys' early-down work with Christine Michael getting a few carries here and there. McFadden is a good flex option in PPR leagues.

10/11/15, 11:30 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Cowboys going with the Hot-Hand


Pyro's take: Cowboys reporter Jon Machota stated via twitter "RB rotation will be Randle starting, McFadden a couple series later, then C-Mike. Go with hot hand from there."

In other words, none of these guys are worth starting, unless desperate. Id play Dunbar in flex if risky.

10/09/15, 09:41 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Looks to be the number 1 option


Pyro's take: Who is the starting running back, Joseph Randle or Darren McFadden? Its been a mystery from the start of OTA's. Dallas has a great matchup against the Giants' defense this week.

The truth is that nobody really knows how this will be played out, Dallas may not even know, as it could be a situational game plan. Until fantasy owners can get an idea of what is happening I would be relunctant to start any of the Cowboys running backs.

09/12/15, 12:32 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.dallasnews.com

McFadden could be McFab·u·lous


Pyro's take: According to Dallas Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill "They cowboys don't have a pitch count for Darren McFadden who is the likely starter at running back for the season opener."

Darren McFadden is in a much better place than he was in Oakland, but that doesnt mean he is built any better. I would like to see how the Cowboys use him before I can feel confident in starting him in other than a flex spot.

update: Jason Garrett has stated "it doesnt matter who will start" This coach speak says to me RBBBC with McFadden, Randle, Dunbar, and possibly Christine Michael

09/09/15, 01:50 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Darren McFadden still a Raider

In a surprising move Darren McFadden will return to the Oakland Raiders after signing a 1-year deal worth $1.75 million (with another $2.25 million available through incentives) contract, not the flat out $4million reported. The Raiders chose not sign Rashad Jennings, who is on a plane to ink a deal with the New York Giants.

Pyro's take: Darren McFadden is betting on himself and must think he can regain his 2010 mojo. Oakland Raider fans must be surprised by this move as Jennings showed everything McFadden was supposed to last season and stayed healthy while doing it. Let's be honest, Darren is more familiar with the operating table than he is with his Raider teammates.

Somewhere Al Davis is smiling because these are the kind of moves that he absolutely loved to make.

03/11/14, 06:13 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.insidebayarea.com

McFadden to test the free agent waters

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie confirmed this week that running back Darren McFadden will test the free-agent market.

"Darren's going to be a free agent and there's been communication with his agent," McKenzie said, per ESPN.com. "He's going to see what his market is. And that's the thing, when you're talking about the games that he's missed, he has no idea -- and when I say 'He,' I'm talking about his agent -- he has no idea what his market value will be and I couldn't tell you what the other 31 teams think."

Pyro's take: Mcfadden has been riddled with injuries and his own agent has no idea what his market value is. That is not a good sign, so let me help you out by explaining what his value should be.

Run DNP should be signed by some team to be their third running back, and he would need to prove that he is worth putting on the field. A smart team will offer him the league minimum and have an incentive laden contract.

That being said, there is going to be a moronic team out there that is going to bring him in to compete for a starting job, and overpay him. If this happens, that team will regret their decision.

McFadden has been a huge disappointment in his career, and he definitely needs a change of scenery, although the chances of him making it through a whole season are about as good as me getting a date with Kate Upton.

01/19/14, 01:20 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.nfl.com

Time Share

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has suggested that their will be a time share upon Darren McFadden return to the line up, after he has healed from his hamstring injury. Rashad Jennings has forced the coaches hand by rushing for 340 yards on 57 carries, this translates into a 6.0 yards per carry average in the last three games.

Pyro's take: There is no doubt that Jennings has looked top notch in the last three games, and deserves to be credited more playing time. Also, Allen has finally figured out the "Run DNP" is as fragile as his China plateware, and will need to split reps just to keep McFadden healthy. This situation spells out trouble for any fantasy owner. Nobody wants a RBBC on a bad offensive team, and thats what you will now have. At this time ignore Jennings on the waiver wire, unless you have plenty of room, or you want to take the leverage from the McFadden owner. If you own Rashad Jennings then put him on hold, because, it's "Run DNP" and he is a step away from hurting himself on a blade of grass.

11/19/13, 02:21 PM CST by d-Rx

McFadden looking to be a gmaetime decision

McFadden was listed as questionable Friday by the Raiders after limited practice time and was less than emphatic that he would play against the Kansas City Chiefs.

``I feel pretty good,'' McFadden said following practice. ``We're just going to try and make that decision whenever it comes time to make a decision -- whatever the coaches and the trainers feel like is the best for me.''

Asked if he had run with the burst he would in a game, McFadden said, ``If I haven't done it I feel like I've gotten pretty close to it. I'm just looking forward to whatever decisions the coaches and trainers make.''

``I watched him all week in practice,'' Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. ``I like where he's at. I feel good about where he's at. We'll see how he feels tomorrow. But I think every day he's gotten a little bit better.''

Pyro's take: McFadden has once again hurt owners by getting injured, and when healthy has still not shown the flash that he displayed in 2010, and the beginning of the 2011 season. There is no reason to feel confident about starting him this week when he still might not have the burst he needs to be successful.

10/12/13, 05:29 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.mercurynews.com

RUN DNP out with a hamstring injury

The oft-injured McFadden, who has never played more than 13 games in a season and had missed 13 of Oakland's previous 32 games coming into this season, Allen would not go into detail regarding his latest injury, purportedly suffered on his first carry of the game.

"I wouldn't get into characterizing whether it's minor, major," Allen said. "He's got a hamstring [strain]. I don't expect him to be out a long time but we'll see how he responds. I mean, it's one day after a game."

"We want to make sure that he's healthy. I think hamstring injuries and brain injuries are two totally different things but yeah, we want to make sure that Darren's healthy. We don't want this to be anything that's going to linger."

Pyro's take: McFadden has been an injury risk ever since he came to the NFL and once again he has been snake bitten. Rashad Jennings filled in for RUN DNP and had 45 yards on 15 carries and added another 71 yards on 8 receptions, and could be a candidate to get a few more starts, as the Raiders will be sure McFadden is 100% healthy before putting him back on the field.

09/30/13, 05:33 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Darren McFadden continues to struggle in preseason

Darren McFadden has yet to show any signs of life through two preseason games. McFadden has 22 yards on 8 carries in 2 preseason games.

Pyro's take: Darren McFadden had a very poor 2012 season and many feel that was in part to the offense that they were running. This season the Raiders and new offensive coordinator Greg Olsen are employing a power running system, which is supposed to play into McFadden's strengths.

Unfortunately, McFadden is still a major injury risk this season, and through 2 preseason games has not given fantasy owners much to feel good about. The Raiders are not going to be a good team this season and even though Run DMC has game breaking ability, this feels like it is going to be a very inconsistent season for McFadden.

08/18/13, 07:25 PM CDT by Houdini

McFadden looks good to go for Sunday

Raiders running back Darren McFadden (knee) put in a full week of practice and looks to be ready to return to action against the Chiefs this weekend.

Pyro's take: If we weren't afraid of him splitting carries with Justin Fargas and Michael Bush this week, we'd tell you to go ahead and play him as a flex on your fantasy football team, but we'd stay away from him for at least another week.

11/13/09, 01:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.ibabuzz.com

McFadden still practicing in full

Raiders running back Darren McFadden (knee) practiced again on Wednesday and doesn't seem to have suffered any setbacks in his recovery from surgery. He is expected to be active and playing on Sunday against the Chiefs.

Pyro's take: What his role will be this Sunday is unknown with Justin Fargas and Michael Bush still in the fold, so we'd hold off on playing him even at the flex position if you can on your fantasy football team.

11/11/09, 03:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.ibabuzz.com