| Running Back, Dallas Cowboys
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|Draft: 2008 Round 1 (4)
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 210 DOB: 1987-08-27 Age: 27
|It’s fair to say that the light came on for McFadden in 2011. With 761 total yards and five touchdowns over the first six games, the 2008 1st round pick appeared on the verge of establishing himself as one of the premier running backs in the league. However, a severely sprained foot in Week 7 caused him to miss the remainder of the season and his fantasy owners were mystified that the Raiders failed to fully disclose the extent of the injury until late in the year. That was a huge blow as McFadden had the potential to be the top fantasy producer at running back despite having to share time with Michael Bush. In 2012, Bush has left for Chicago providing McFadden with an opportunity to be a workhorse back but his injury history suggests that is unlikely to happen. In his four seasons in the league, he has failed to produce a 16 game season and has missed 19 games due to injury. In McFadden, you are getting an extremely talented player who will likely average 20 touches a game but he also is a major injury risk. The injury risk was negated in prior years because fantasy owners knew they could grab Michael Bush and expect him to produce with McFadden out. That isn’t the case this season. Consider McFadden a low-end fantasy starter with major upside but grabbing him likely means using a high mid-round pick on your RB3.
| Darren McFadden placed on active/PUP list -- Thu Jul 30 6:35 pm --|
|The search for DeMarco Murray’s replacement will go on without Darren McFadden practicing at the start of training camp. On Thursday, he was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list with a hamstring injury.
McFadden’s body has routinely betrayed him since his NFL career was launched in 2008. McFadden suffered 15 injuries in his first six seasons that caused him to miss 29 games. (Dallas Morning News)|
FF Today's Take: Former McFadden owners probably aren't surprised by this development since most of the 15 injuries McFadden suffered in Oakland were to his hamstring. With many evaluators suggesting McFadden lost some of his explosiveness during his final days in Oakland, it would seem Joseph Randle's grip on the right to replace Murray is tightening. The Cowboys have reportedly been in contact with Chris Johnson in recent days, for what it is worth.
|Randle heads into training camp as starting RB -- Tue Jun 23 7:00 am --|
Cowboys RB ready to have career year
|Joseph Randle led most of the individual drills throughout offseason workouts and regularly worked with the first-team offense. With a month to go before training camp, taking over as the lead back behind the Cowboys’ talented offensive line appears to be Randle’s job to lose. (Dallas Morning News)|
FF Today's Take: Randle's competition currently includes Darren McFadden and Ryan Williams which is part of the reason why Randle's ADP currently sits at 4.04 (RB No.20) in twelve-team leagues. Assuming he can keep his head on straight, Randle has a chance to make a big fantasy impact in his third season.
| McFadden back at work, in full for Tuesday's practice -- Tue Jun 16 2:00 pm --|
|Darren McFadden a full participant today after being limited the last two weeks by hamstring tightness. (Clarence Hill on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: We'll be tracking the Cowboys running game this entire pre-season trying to get some clarity on the expected workload distribution between McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar. McFadden has been limited during OTAs, giving Randle the first shot at making a lasting impression.
|Cowboys sign RB Lache Seastrunk -- Mon Jun 8 10:35 am --|
Dallas searching for answers at RB position
|The Dallas Cowboys are adding another running back to their 90-man roster as they continue to search for the right mix to replace DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys are signing former Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, who had a standout high school career at Temple. Seastrunk will compete for a roster spot against Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams.
The Cowboys are expected to release undrafted rookie running back Synjyn Days out of Georgia Tech.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FF Today's Take: Despite the team putting on a good face, there's still some uncertainty surrounding the running back position in Dallas. Randle and McFadden are the atop the depth chart but neither inspire confidence or security at the position. Seastrunk in no lock to make the final roster
|D-Mac determined to prove he is not a bust -- Mon Jun 1 5:05 pm --|
RB coach impressed so far with ex-Raider
|Darren McFadden’s seven-year run with the Oakland Raiders was mostly a disappointment. He had one 1,000-yard season, played in a full season just once and did not average better than 3.4 YPC in any of his final three seasons in Oakland.
"He wants to prove that he wasn’t the bust that people are talking about," said RB coach Gary Brown. "We are going to give him the opportunity to prove that. ... I like what I see. I can’t wait to see him in pads."
Joseph Randle and McFadden split the first-team work, such as it is in OTAs. McFadden took the first turns in individual drills, but that might have more to do with experience than pecking order. (ESPN Dallas)|
FF Today's Take: McFadden last played in a zone-running scheme with Oakland in 2012 and averaged only 3.3 YPC, although Brown likely believes Dallas' offensive line will help the 27-year-old back perform better this time around. His long and well-chronicled injury history - usually hamstring-related - is another reason fantasy owners believe Randle will win this competition eventually, but it is unlikely any final decision on the depth chart will be made until early-to-mid August. Ryan Williams could also work himself into the mix with a healthy camp as well.
|Joseph Randle eyeing a starting RB role in Dallas -- Wed May 27 6:25 pm --|
Could Randle be the Demarco Murray successor?
|With DeMarco Murray now in Philly, the only thing that stands in the way of Joseph Randle and a starting job is free agent addition Darren McFadden. Early signs point to Randle having an edge on the job. After watching Murray put up 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, Randle stated that he felt like "there was a lot of meat left on the bone". (Cowboys Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Rushing behind the best offensive line unit in the NFL, Murray owners cashed in fantasy gold in 2014. Randle is licking his chops looking at the plentiful workload. However, even if he wins the starting gig he would merely be the leader of the dreaded RBBC. Regardless, whoever starts behind that offensive line gets a major fantasy boost and is worthy of an RB2 status.
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