Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
|RB - #32||138.89||OAK||Active||7 years||26||6'1||218||@dmcfadden20|
2014 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)Last updated on Jul-11-2014 by Larry Goldstein
CALL THE INFIRMARY: It's hard to believe that the upcoming season will be the seventh for Darren McFadden. Every year experts gush about his skill-set, potential to dominate and clear bill of health, yet every year he misses games. In fact, McFadden has missed a remarkable 29-of-96 games (30-percent) during his up-and-down career; that doesn't factor in the fantasy nightmare that comes along with leaving games early with knee and hamstring injuries. Fantasy owners know all too well the pain that comes from Run DMC's questionable status that seems to be a weekly occurrence on the injury report. At just 26 years old, the injuries seem to have taken their toll on the back as seen by his poor 3.3 yards per carry average over the past two years. Now that MJD has joined the Raiders, it appears that the last group of McFadden supporters have finally jumped ship, judging by the former Arkansas standout being the 44th RB off the board in fantasy drafts (ADP: 128.64). Jones-Drew and McFadden are both wild cards this year. Both are strong red-zone runners and are equally capable of being a factor receiving the ball (making them fantasy-worthy if given the lion's share of touches). According to his agent, McFadden reportedly turned down better paying offers from other teams in order to return to the Raiders because he "has something to prove." Playing time will dictate whether there is any value here, but the injury risk will always be a concern.
Editor's note: The media reported McFadden looking excellent during OTAs. We'll see how that translates to the field in a couple more months when the pads go on.
The Oakland Raiders went out this offseason looking for more running back talent and they found Maurice Jones-Drew. With two backs that are capable of starting, Darren McFadden and Jones-Drew, the Raiders have an interesting situation to play with. The most likely scenario involves both backs in a committee running scheme. Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko has reported, "Darren McFadden has the starting edge over Jones-Drew," indicating the Raiders may favor McFadden more in certain situations, resulting in more touches.
As a fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, many had high hopes for McFadden. Those hopes were slowly diminished year-in and year-out. He simply cannot stay healthy. Even though McFadden has the starting edge, there's always the injury concern. He has never played all 16 games in a season since entering NFL. From a fantasy perspective, that is scary. With an ADP of around 100, the back is not much of a risk compared to previous years. You know what you're getting with McFadden, an injury-prone player who has potential to break out in one game or another, but is not an every week starter. If you can grab him late in the draft, he is a solid bye-week fill-in.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/30 - Raiders RB Darren McFadden has the 'starting edge'
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|3.12||FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|3.07||The Huddle - When healthy, McFadden is a top-5 talent; of course, he's never managed to stay healthy, which is why he's still on the board here. But with running backs being picked clean and a plethora of second-tier WRs still available, he's an acceptable risk.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|4.01||Bruno Boys - I regretted this pick immediately after making it. I was already strong at running back and the format dictates that it?s preferable to play WRs at the flex positions. The problem is that I really like McFadden this season and I quite honestly don?t want others to have him. With the zone blocking system abolished and the power running scheme reinstalled, McFadden should flirt with elite numbers again for as many games as he can stay on the field. I think what really makes him valuable in ppr formats is that if he ever finishes a season, DMC?s a lock for 50+ receptions. Looking back, the pick here was Victor Cruz, the last of the really elite young PPR receivers.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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