Darren McFadden RB OAK 2 Months
McFadden rushed for just 21 yards on eight carries and failed to haul in any of his three targets in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Chargers.
McFadden is averaging a mere 1.9 yards per carry over his last three games (28 attempts), with a long over that span of nine yards, and has scored just once in his last eight games. Latavius Murray more than doubled his production on the ground Sunday (43 yards) on four carries, and it would make sense if the Raiders, now 0-10, gave the 24-year-old Murray an expanded role in the weeks ahead.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 3 Months
McFadden ran for just 14 yards on seven carries and caught 4-of-7 targets in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Broncos.
The game was close in the first half, but McFadden still couldn't get on track. He's really struggled, along with the rest of the Raiders' offense, over the last two games, rushing for a measly 34 yards on 27 carries. Despite the underwhelming performance as of late, Oakland really doesn't have a lot of options in the backfield, so he should once again see the majority of the work next week at San Diego.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 3 Months2 Comments
McFadden had 13 carries for 20 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 30-24 loss at Seattle.
The Raiders fell behind by 21 points at halftime, so they had to abandon the run in the second half, limiting McFadden's chances as a ball carrier. Meanwhile, Maurice Jones-Drew was a complete non-factor, losing two yards on two carries. The veteran McFadden should see most of the work again next week, although he'll have his hands full with a solid Broncos' defense.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 3 Months1 Comment
McFadden rushed for 59 yards on 12 carries and caught four passes on six targets for 26 yards, but also lost a fumble in Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Browns.
McFadden certainly had some success on the ground with 4.9 yards per carry, his second-best mark of the season, but his fumble in the third quarter put an end to a 12-play, 71-yard drive and completely swung the momentum in the Browns' favor. It's likely to be overlooked by the coaching staff, however, with Maurice Jones-Drew managing just eight yards on his six carries and McFadden also doing a fine job with his six targets, but McFadden's short-term outlook is bleak with Seattle due up.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 3 Months
McFadden had 14 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Arizona. He also caught four passes for seven yards.
The Raiders seemed to be committed to the running game early on, especially before halftime, when they gave McFadden three straight runs from around the goal line. He finally punched it in on his third attempt, providing the lone touchdown for the Raiders on Sunday. The team fell behind in the second half though, so they had to somewhat abandon the running game, limiting McFadden's touches. He still received a lot more work than backup Maurice Jones-Drew, who had just three carries for six yards. It's becoming obvious that McFadden is the top dog in the Raiders' backfield, and he'll get a crack at Cleveland in Week 8.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 3 Months6 Comments
McFadden said Friday that this is the best he has felt this deep into a season since he joined the NFL in 2008, the Bay Area News Group reports. "I tell a lot of people I talk to, I tell them this is the best I've felt five, six games into the season," McFadden said. "It may not show on the stats but it's the best I've felt. I don't have any nagging injuries, nicks or anything slowing me down. So, I feel like I can go out there and just let it loose 100 percent."
The seventh-year back looked spry coming off the bye week, gaining 80 yards on 14 carries, his highest rushing total since Sept. 15, 2013. McFadden failed to exceed 3.8 yards per carry in any of his first four games of the season, but it appears he'll continue to head the Raiders' ground attack, with Maurice-Jones Drew playing a complementary role. However, while his health is intact now, injury concerns will always exist with McFadden, something owners need to remember when considering his rest-of-season value.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 3 Months5 Comments
McFadden rushed for 80 yards on 14 carries and added two catches on four targets for six yards in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Chargers.
Interim coach Tony Sparano suggested earlier in the week that he wanted Maurice Jones-Drew to take on a larger role, but McFadden carried the load again Sunday, with 14 carries to Jones-Drew's four. The 27-year-old McFadden averaged 5.7 yards per carry against San Diego, marking the first time in his last 11 games in which he's exceeded even four yards per attempt. Despite his lackluster overall production this season (3.4 YPC, one touchdown), McFadden appears locked in as the primary rusher for Oakland.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 4 Months
McFadden had 11 carries for 40 rushing yards and four catches for five targets for 32 receiving yards Sunday against the Dolphins.
Maurice Jones-Drew returned from his hand injury, but McFadden still got a majority of the carries, as the former had only two carries for one rushing yard and two catches for two receiving yards. Neither were particularly effective and the Raiders got blown out, forcing them to abandon the run fairly early (they trailed 24-7 at halftime and 38-7 after three quarters). The head out on bye in Week 5 and it's entirely possible they could share the backfield workload when they return in Week 6 against the Chargers, which limited both of their fantasy upsides.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 4 Months3 Comments
Coach Dennis Allen indicated that McFadden is in line to make his third straight start at running back Sunday against the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports.
That said, Maurice Jones-Drew is on track to play for the first time since suffering a hand injury in Week 1 and figures to see his share of touches Sunday as well. The report notes that McFadden is getting the start based on the fact that he has had more practice time than Jones-Drew of late, but we suspect that the end result will be some form of Week 4 backfield time-share.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 4 Months
McFadden had 18 carries for 59 yards in Sunday's 16-9 loss at New England. He also caught four passes for six yards.
It looked like McFadden tied the game in the final minute with a touchdown run, but there was a penalty on the play. Meanwhile, Latavius Murray and Marcel Reece combined for just four carries, so it's pretty obvious that the Raiders are going to feature the veteran McFadden as long as Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is out.