Darren McFadden | RB | Oakland Raiders
Posted: 12/4/2013 7:21pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) missed practice with an ankle injury Wednesday, Dec. 4, after he missed three games this season with a strained right hamstring. 'He actually injured the ankle in the game the other day and it was (hurt) more than what we had initially thought,' head coach Dennis Allen said. 'He wasn't able to go today and hopefully we'll be able to get him out there soon, but I don't know.' It's likely that McFadden sits out against the New York Jets in Week 14.
Huddle Up: It's a credit to McFadden that he doesn't get hurt blowing his nose. If you're starting McFadden during fantasy playoffs, you must be taking a dive. Rashad Jennings will be locked in as a RB2 against a tough Jets' defense assuming he passes his concussion tests.
Posted: 12/4/2013 5:07pm et
The Oakland Raiders are not expected to make an offer to RB Darren McFadden before he becomes a free agent this offseason.
Huddle Up: Filed unde: duh. McFadden has never lived up to his potential, and he is just an injury waiting to happen.
Posted: 11/28/2013 1:44pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is expected to play in the team's Week 13 game Thursday, Nov. 28 but will not get the start.
Huddle Up: McFadden will play for the first time since Week 9, and that will muddle the fantasy prospects for starter Rashad Jennings, who has been a revelation in McFadden's absence.
Posted: 11/27/2013 5:49pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) will play in Week 13 against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Nov. 28, for the first time since straining his right hamstring Nov. 3. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said earlier this week that they would ride the 'hot hand' of RB Rashad Jennings. 'The guy that's in there and being the most effective will be the guy that gets the opportunity,' head coach Dennis Allen said. 'But I see them both getting a chance to carry the ball. We'll see how it goes. We'll play (it) out as the game plays along.'
Huddle Up: This sounds like a bit of a nightmare. If you start McFadden, pray that he gets it going early. Otherwise, Jennings might steal the show and run with it.
Posted: 11/27/2013 3:23pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is listed as questionable for the Week 13 game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Nov. 28. McFadden practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: He has a great matchup, but it's certainly a risk to put him in your lineup if he does play.
Posted: 11/26/2013 8:40pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: McFadden is expected to play Thursday for the first time in a month and share the workload with Rashad Jennings, which, of course, isn't welcome news for Jennings' fantasy owners who have ridden the RB's 4 straight 100-yard-plus games.
Posted: 11/26/2013 10:20am et
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) said Monday, Nov. 25, that he is hopeful of playing in the Week 13 game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Nov. 28. He was able to run on the side at practice Monday, and was listed as a limited participant.
Huddle Up: The good news is, you should know of McFadden's availability in plenty of time to set your lineup accordingly this week... though you might have to push away from the pecan pie to do so. Even if McFadden does play the Raiders have already indicated it will be a job-share with Rashad Jennings.
Posted: 11/25/2013 8:43pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) did some running Monday, Nov. 25. Head coach Dennis Allen said the team will see how McFadden feels before deciding on his status for Week 13.
Huddle Up: It's going to be tough for McFadden to get ready given the Raiders' short turnaround this week. In the meantime, backup Rashad Jennings has been more than adequate, rolling up 100 or more total yards in each of the last 4 games.
Posted: 11/22/2013 6:15pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) has been ruled out for the team's Week 12 game.
Huddle Up: The perennially disappointing McFadden will miss his third straight game and fourth of the season, keeping Rashad Jennings ranked high on the RB charts.
Posted: 11/20/2013 4:29pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: The same as it ever was.
Posted: 11/18/2013 5:59pm et
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he is not sure where RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is at in terms of his recovery from his hamstring injury but will know more Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: The song remains the same for Darren McFadden. Keep an eye on him this week to see whether or not you should bench Rashad Jennings.
Posted: 11/18/2013 11:50am et
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen suggested there will be a timeshare at running back when RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) returns. RB Rashad Jennings has rushed 57 times for 340 yards (6.0 yards per carry) in the last three games.
Huddle Up: Jennings has looked good in McFadden's stead, and since Allen has come to the shocking conclusion that McFadden can't stay healthy he'll work both backs into the mix. That's unfortunate news for fantasy owners, as the only value either back really has is as the primary ball-carrier with 20-plus touches; if they're splitting the workload, it saps the fantasy value of both.
Posted: 11/15/2013 9:03pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 15, and has been ruled out for Week 11.
Huddle Up: Rashad Jennings will get another start in place of the injured McFadden. He's a RB2/flex option this week against Houston.
Posted: 11/14/2013 4:48pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 14.
Huddle Up: That's 2 straight days of missed workouts for McFadden, meaning it's likely going to be Rashad Jennings' show again this week in Houston. Jennings has done well for himself and his fantasy owners so far with a combined 283 total yards and a TD in the last 2 games.
Posted: 11/8/2013 4:48pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 10.
Huddle Up: To no one's surprise, McFadden will miss his second game of the season, leaving Rashad Jennings to shoulder most of the load vs. the Giants. Jennings had 176 total yards and a TD last week.
Posted: 11/7/2013 6:48pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.
Huddle Up: To no one's surprise, McFadden has missed both of the Raiders' practices this week, and nopefully if you own the oft-injured back, you have Rashad Jennings to plug in and play Sunday.
Posted: 11/4/2013 10:49am et
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen did not offer any information on the severity of the hamstring injury RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) suffered in Week 9. However, Allen indicated Sunday, Nov. 3, that McFadden could miss time, and he is concerned McFadden cannot stay healthy.
Huddle Up: Welcome to the party, Dennis; fantasy owners have been "concerned McFadden cannot stay healthy" for quite some time. Rashad Jennings filled in admirably against a bad Philly defense, and he'd be both the fantasy and Raiders' replacement if as expected McFadden is out for any length of time.
Posted: 10/23/2013 9:33pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden was not listed on the injury/practice report Wednesday, Oct. 23. 'I don't know percentages. I don't think anyone is 100 percent at this point in time of the year, but he looks explosive,' head coach Dennis Allen said.
Huddle Up: It's news any time McFadden isn't on the injury report. Despite not having a lot of success on the ground, McFadden is seeing enough touches in the passing game to still make him a RB2 in most leagues.
Posted: 10/12/2013 12:26am et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) took part in a limited practice for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 11, and he is listed as questionable for the Week 6 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: For those caught up in the weekly McFadden Watch, it looks like another game-time decision for the RB, who sat out Week 5's win over the Chargers. Asked by the San Jose Mercury-News on Friday if he had run in practice 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."
Posted: 10/10/2013 8:40pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 10. McFadden practiced for the second straight day, and head coach Dennis Allen was 'encouraged' by his progress. However, he would not say if McFadden would suit up in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: McFadden sat out the team's Week 5 late-Sunday night contest, and we'd be shocked if he plays this weekend. That keeps the RB right on track as far his his scheduled annual quarter-season of absences goes.
Posted: 10/10/2013 11:53am et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden was on the field Wednesday, Oct. 9, working with the first team during an early walk-through and then going through drills with his position group. Officially, he was listed as a limited participant for practice.
Huddle Up: This is a positive development for McFadden's fantasy owners, as the initial prognosis was that he could be out for a while. His presence on the practice field suggests he could be back as early as this week; at minimum we'll need to monitor the practice reports and pregame deactivations, which is more than we were expecting from the oft-injured McFadden this week.
Posted: 10/4/2013 6:15pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) likely won't return to the starting lineup until Oct. 27 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which would give him two-plus weeks and a bye to recover from his strained right hamstring. 'Just walking around and stuff you can feel it a little bit. It's tight, sore, so hamstrings are one of those things you want to be careful with. I'd rather miss one or two games than to come back and pop it and miss four or five,' McFadden said.
Huddle Up: This headline should come as no surprise to fantasy owners. Any injury McFadden gets could have him out for several weeks. Plan to move forward without him for a while. If McFadden returns by Thanksgiving, consider it a win.
Posted: 9/30/2013 12:35pm et
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) avoided serious injury with a hamstring issue in the team's Week 4 game. McFadden's status for the team's Week 5 game is still uncertain.
Huddle Up: Given his history, be prepared to have McFadden out of your lineups this week. But keep an eye on his situation throughout the week.
Posted: 9/29/2013 7:08pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) left the Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins in the first half due to a hamstring injury and his return is questionable.
Huddle Up: If you had Week 4 in the Darren McFadden injury pool, congratulations. Hopefully it's nothing serious, but we've seen this movie before.
Posted: 9/24/2013 12:45am et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden was held to 9 yards on 12 carries and failed to catch a pass but threw a 16-yard TD pass to FB Marcel Reece and rushed for a 1-yard score with 1:15 remaining in the game.
Huddle Up: McFadden had his least-productive rushing game in a contest in which he logged double-digit carries, but still found a way to produce for his fantasy owners. Chalk it up as a stroke of good fantasy fortune and hope the Silver & Black's banged-up offensive front can pave the way for better yardage days ahead.
Posted: 9/3/2013 5:05pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (shoulder) participated in practice Monday, Sept. 2.
Huddle Up: The big news here is that McFadden didn't injure himself somehow during practice.
Posted: 8/27/2013 12:28am et
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said that RB Darren McFadden (shoulder) will "absolutely" be ready for Week 1 of the season. It is not known if he will play in the final preseason game.
Huddle Up: It's been an uninspiring preseason for Run-DMC, who combined for 22 yards rushing on 8 carries over the first 2 preseason contests and then sat out the team's third contest this past weekend. McFadden currently is the 19th RB coming off the board in leagues tracked by myfantasyleague.com.
Posted: 8/23/2013 11:51pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (shoulder) was inactive for the preseason game against the Chicago Bears due to a shoulder injury.
Huddle Up: The extent of the injury isn't known but any time McFadden is hurt it's a concern. More will come out about his shoulder in the next day or two but McFadden being banged up shouldn't be a newsflash to fantasy owners.
Posted: 7/3/2013 2:19am et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is putting the 2012 season behind him and looking forward to 2013. 'There's always going to be things that gets your blood boiling,' McFadden told the Bay Area News Group in June. 'But last year was last year. It's something I put behind me. We're moving forward, and I'm looking forward to a new season.'
Huddle Up: McFadden may be looking ahead, but fantasy GMs are advised to keep the RB's injury-filled past in mind as McFadden has started more than 7 games in only 2 of his 5 NFL seasons.
Posted: 4/21/2013 11:37pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden said he has not talked with the team about a contract extension and is not sure when the two sides will talk. McFadden is entering the final year of his current contract.
Huddle Up: Run-DMC has been more about potential than production in his 5 NFL seasons, missing at least 3 games each year and only recording a single 1,000-yard rushing season (1,157 in 2010). Like fantasy owners, the Silver & Black is going to need to see some more production in a contract year before making a long-term commitment.
Posted: 4/7/2013 11:16pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden said he is looking forward to the team's switch to a power blocking scheme in their running game. 'This is very exciting for me,' McFadden said. 'I am the type of guy who likes to go downhill, make a cut and go; that's my thing. We'll mix it up like we used to, and get some zones in there, but for the most part, I will be keeping my shoulders toward the line of scrimmage.' McFadden averaged 4.5 yards per carry his first four years when the team used a power-blocking scheme.
Huddle Up: McFadden exceeded his career average by playing in 12 games last season, but was limited to a career-low 3.3 yards per carry and scored only 3 total TDs. If he plays 12 or more games again in 2013, look for the Run to be put back in Run-DMC with McFadden notching his second career 1,000-yard rushing season.
Posted: 3/20/2013 10:47am et
There has been speculation the Oakland Raiders could be interested in trading RB Darren McFadden in order to acquire extra draft picks. The Raiders do not have a second or fifth-round pick in the NFL Draft. However, McFadden is in the final year of his contract and he is often injured, so the team may not be able to receive a premium pick in return. The Raiders also have a thin backfield and may not be able to afford trading McFadden.
Huddle Up: The Raiders don't seem to be building their offense around McFadden, and his being in the last year of his contract--as well as the trade rumors--suggests they don't plan to. If something is to be done, expect it to happen before the draft so the Raiders can add picks and focus on rebuilding.
Posted: 2/9/2013 11:24pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden averaged 3.3 yards a carry this past season, the fewest by a Raiders running back (minimum 150 carries) in franchise history.
Huddle Up: Not only was McFadden bad last year, he was historically bad. Oakland's return to a power blocking scheme should help McFadden get back on track, but he's burned a lot of bridges with fantasy owners.
Posted: 1/7/2013 1:25pm et
The Oakland Raiders could look to trade RB Darren McFadden if they were able to receive a second or third-round draft pick in return. The Raiders currently do not have a second and fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. McFadden could also be asked to take a pay cut.
Huddle Up: It's typical for the Raiders to be shy on draft picks, but maybe the new regime wants to try a different approach. McFadden didn't work in Greg Knapp's zone blocking scheme last season, but it appears Oakland plans to scrap both the scheme and the back if they're able to turn McFadden into a first- or second-day draft pick.
Posted: 12/14/2012 9:11pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 14, and is probable for Week 15.
Huddle Up: McFadden came back from a 4-week absence to accumulate 64 total yards and a TD in Week 14, and has a decent matchup this week against the Chiefs, who allow the 10th most points to opposing fantasy backs.
Posted: 12/11/2012 11:40pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) expects to play in Week 15 after practicing Monday, Dec. 10. 'It made my nerves kind of jittery,' McFadden said of his ankle injury late in Week 14. '(But) it was more of a scare than anything. It was cool today. I was moving good, making all my cuts. I'm not concerned.'
Huddle Up: McFadden returned from a 4-game absence with 74 total yards and a TD last week, but starting the RB in a fantasy contest remains a roll of the dice -- particularly in a playoff matchup.
Posted: 12/10/2012 5:20pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Dec. 10, despite re-injuring his ankle in Week 14.
Huddle Up: McFadden is hard to trust these days with his ongoing injury issues.