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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:21:54 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray had four carries for 43 yards in the team's Week 11 loss to the San Diego Chargers, and his 23-yard run late in the third quarter was the team's longest rushing gain for a running back of the season. "They've been wanting to get me in the mix more and that's all I can ask," Murray said. "When they do, I have to make sure they give me a reason to put me back in there." Murray is a much bigger back than either RBs Darren McFadden or Maurice Jones-Drew, and he runs with an upright style. Oakland finished with 71 yards on 19 carries, which was their highest rushing output since Oct. 12 in their first matchup with the Chargers.
Fantasy Tip: At this point in the Raiders' winless season, they just might be motivated to make a drastic change in the backfield in hopes of better results. Murray will continue to be cheap at FantasyScore if you're feeling very bold in Week 12.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:04:58 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden carried the ball on 14 of the team's 20 rush attempts in Week 6, and interim coach Tony Sparano said he wants to emphasize the run going forward.
Fantasy Tip: With McFadden looking like the clear No. 1 back, an increased emphasis on the run game should boost his value going forward. He probably isn't a great play at FantasyScore in Week 7 when the Raiders face the third-ranked run defense of the Arizona Cardinals, but McFadden could turn into a useful option when the matchups are favorable.
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:10:15 -0700
Oakland Radiers RB Maurice Jones-Drew has just 11 carries for 12 yards in two games this season, but interim head coach Tony Sparano said he wants him to share the load with RB Darren McFadden. "I'd like Maurice to take a little bit greater role, maybe get some snaps off of Darren," Sparano said. "If we could, keep them both fresh that way, but we also have got to be running the football and doing some things that way too."
Fantasy Tip: It looks like Jones-Drew will be eating into Darren McFadden's carries with Sporano taking over, and the situation is worth watching going forward. However, neither back is a great option at FantasyScore in Week 6 against the ninth-ranked run defense of the San Diego Chargers.
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:37:10 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden carried 11 times for 40 yards in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins in London, while RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) carried twice for just one yard. McFadden also had four receptions for 32 yards, while Jones-Drew had two catches for only two yards.
Fantasy Tip: McFadden received a majority of the touches in the Oakland backfield before the team mostly abandoned the run with a lopsided score in the second half. For now, McFadden has more fantasy appeal between the two backs.
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:43:38 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is active Sunday, Sept. 28, for Week 4.
Fantasy Tip: MJD and Darren McFadden are expected to have a 50-50 split this week. It's probably best to find other options until this situation reveals a clear front runner.
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:55:05 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden and RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) are likely to receive a 50-50 split of the carries in Week 4, in the opinion of beat writer Vic Tafur.
Fantasy Tip: McFadden ($4,800; 9.6% of your cap) and Jones-Drew ($4,900; 9.8%) cancel each other out a bit as it could be a toss-up as to which one will be valuable enough to start on FantasyScore.
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:54:50 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to make a third straight start in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins in London, head coach Dennis Allen said Friday, Sept. 26.
Fantasy Tip: McFadden is expected to be re-joined by Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield, but McFadden is projected to get more touches and therefore has more value in FantasyScore. At just $4800 (or 9.6 percent of the salary cap), McFadden could be a solid flex play against a Miami Dolphins run defense which ranks 20th in the NFL by allowing 125.3 yards per game.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:17:25 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 25, and appears primed to play in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins in London. It was his first full practice since injuring his hand in Week 1. Jones-Drew will likely have a big role, along with RB Darren McFadden, against the Dolphins.
Fantasy Tip: Jones-Drew will cost you $4,900 (9.8% of cap) at FantasyScore. It's unclear exactly what the split will be in the backfield between MJD and McFadden, so relying on either running back as more than a flex is a risky proposition.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:55:07 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is out for Week 3. RB Darren McFadden is expected to start.
Fantasy Tip: McFadden doesn't have a great matchup against the New England Patriots. He's still worth of considering as a flex with his $4,800 (9.6% of your cap) FantasyScore price tag.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:11:18 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to receive a heavy workload even if RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is active for Week 3.
Fantasy Tip: McFadden has been fairly quiet so far this season but should have a chance to have a solid performance this week. McFadden costs $4,800 on FantasyScore, but owners could consider spending a little more money on a better option.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:15:59 -0700
Oakland Raiders RBs Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray will both receive a crack at the running back duties in Week 2 against the Houston Texans with RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) unlikely to play, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson. The Raiders only had 25 yards rushing on 12 carries in Week 1 against the New York Jets.
Fantasy Tip: McFadden and Murray will each cost only the minimum for running backs ($3,700) at FantasyScore this weekend. How they'll be used is anyone's guess at this point. Consider both backs weak flex options against the Texans.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:32:38 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is expected to miss the Week 2 game, according to multiple sources. Jones-Drew had a small bandage covering a surgical site below his index finger, and his hand was swollen Thursday, Sept. 11. He said he didn't break his hand, however, multiple sources have reported that he did break his hand. He's not expected to miss a lot of time.
Fantasy Tip: Darren McFadden ($3,700; 7.4% of your cap) becomes a great bargain on FantasyScore against the Houston Texans this weekend. Latavius Murray should see some action as well, at the same fantasy price tag.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:04:43 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden will get the start in Week 2 against the Houston Texans if RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is unable to play.
Fantasy Tip: If Run DMC gets the start, he could be a solid mid-level FantasyScore play heading into Week 2. Latavius Murray and Marcel Reece also could be bargain bin grabs, as they would see increased touches as well.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:04:47 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden has performed well during training camp and shown some explosiveness during his runs, according to head coach Dennis Allen. "I think Darren is probably running the ball as well as I've seen him run it since I've been here. I think he's probably more explosive than I've seen him since I've been here. I think part of that is that he's remained healthy throughout the offseason, throughout training camp. There haven't been any kind of nicks or nagging little deals that have slowed him down. So, hopefully that trend will continue because I've seen a lot of positives in what he's done in the running game," Allen said.
Fantasy Tip: McFadden is competing with Maurice Jones-Drew for the starting running back job but both should receive carries this season. Owners should consider McFadden as a weekly flex option, because he will not be the main option in the running game for the Raiders.
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:17:34 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew started the preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings Friday, Aug. 8, and he carried twice for 10 yards while also hauling in two passes for 14 yards. RB Darren McFadden had just one tote for 23 yards and he did not have any receptions.
Fantasy Tip: Pocket Hercules was listed as the starter on the team's initial depth chart of the preseason, but the battle will continue on as training camp and the preseason goes on. Right now, Jones-Drew is the more attractive fantasy selection on draft day, and Run DMC is too injury-prone anyway.
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:17:16 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew is motivated by the competition he has with fellow RB Darren McFadden. Jones-Drew said he has to continue to push himself and strive for greatness in order to stay ahead of McFadden.
Fantasy Tip: Jones-Drew is listed ahead of McFadden on the team's depth chart, but there will likely still be a backfield committee of sorts in Oakland. If either one gets injured for an extended period of time, the other attains low-end RB2 potential.
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:54:38 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew was listed ahead of Darren McFadden on the depth chart Monday, Aug. 4.
Fantasy Tip: Neither back is going to shoulder the load alone unless the other is injured, but for now, Jones-Drew seems to have the edge on McFadden. Both backs are worth drafting with Jones-Drew making a decent RB3 option if he remains the top back.
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:05:33 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden and RB Maurice Jones-Drew could struggle while splitting carries this season, according to ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez. Gutierrez noted that both backs have traditionally performed better later in games, and splitting carries could prevent both backs from finding a rhythm.
Fantasy Tip: It will be interesting to see how the carries will ultimately be divided between McFadden and Jones-Drew, and it could end up being the unfortunate situation where the lead-back role changes hands on a weekly basis. Both players are backup options at the RB spot for fantasy purposes.
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:56:12 -0700
Oakland Raiders OT Donald Penn said the team plans to run the ball often in 2014. "We're gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us," Penn said.
Fantasy Tip: Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew should have ample opportunities to run the ball. However, they're going to need an effective passing game to keep eight defenders out of the box limiting their daylight. The winner of the lion's share of carries should be an RB3 with the second back and Latavius Murray as flex options.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:47:16 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden worked as a kick returner during organized team activities Monday, June 9. Head coach Dennis Allen would not rule out the possibility of McFadden being used as returner this upcoming season.
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:53:09 -0700
Oakland Raiders RBs Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew are expected to compete for the starting running back job during training camp. The loser of the competition is still expected to receive plenty of carries during the season, because the team wants to keep both players healthy and fresh.
Fantasy Tip: Both players have dealt with injuries in the past, but they should be healthy for training camp. The winner of the competition probably should be considered a No. 3 fantasy running back in most leagues. The loser of the competition likely will still see a good amount of carries in 2014 and could be a handcuff or a later-round running back for owners.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:57:40 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the starting running back this upcoming season if he is able to stay healthy.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:00:25 -0700
If healthy, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the team's starting tailback with RB Maurice Jones-Drew as his backup.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:36:15 -0700
The Oakland Raiders agreed with free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) on a three-year deal. He's set to take a physical Friday, March 28, and sign the deal later in the day.
Fantasy Tip: Jones-Drew will have to split carries with Darren McFadden, which could keep them both healthy. They also could cancel each other out in fantasy. Jones-Drew has the consistency, but McFadden could have the burst. Monitor this timeshare in camp, but we see both as weak RB3s right now.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:06:35 -0700
Ian Greengross, agent for Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden, said McFadden turned down more money from another team, because he wanted to stay with the Raiders.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:32:16 -0700
Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden will have a $1.25 million base salary in 2014. He received a $100,000 signing bonus and will have a $100,000 workout bonus and up to $256,000 in roster bonuses.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:30:51 -0700
The Oakland Raiders re-signed free-agent RB Darren McFadden to a one-year deal worth $4 million Tuesday, March 11. Only $100,000 of McFadden's deal is guaranteed.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:32:31 -0700
The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free-agent RB Darren McFadden to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
Fantasy Tip: McFadden could be the starting running back next season depending on what the team does this offseason. McFadden has been an injury risk since he entered the league but could be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues next season.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:11:25 -0700
Free-agent RB Darren McFadden (Raiders) has received significant interest from teams this offseason.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:07:49 -0800
The Oakland Raiders are open to the possibility of re-signing impending free-agent RB Darren McFadden, but it would have to be at the right price.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 05:28:31 -0800
The Oakland Raiders plan to meet with free-agent RB Darren McFadden's (Raiders) agents this weekend.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:58:41 -0800
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is hoping to retain OT Jared Veldheer, DE Lamarr Houston, FS Charles Woodson and RB Rashad Jennings as they approach free agency this offseason. McKenzie said he thinks RB Darren McFadden will test the free-agent market.
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:27:25 -0800
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he expects impending free-agent RB Darren McFadden to hit the free-agent market this offseason.
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:09:05 -0800
Ian Greengross, agent for Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Darren McFadden, said McFadden would like to re-sign with the Raiders this offseason but no contract talks have taken place at this time. Greengross said McFadden is open to accepting a complementary role next season.
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:05:51 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson indicated the Bengals could show some interest in Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Darren McFadden this offseason. "You guys know how I feel about Darren McFadden; he's still one of my favorite players," Jackson said. "What a tremendous talent. But I really like my little guy [RB Giovani Bernard]. He had a real good season. But I don't think you can ever have too many good backs."
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:12:04 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (knee, ankle) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 20, and is probable for Week 16.
Fantasy Tip: In what may surprise many, McFadden will play against the San Diego Chargers. However, he'll be limited to a backup role to Rashad Jennings. Jennings' owners probably won't be happy. He's still playable, but more so as a flex than in a starting RB spot. McFadden is a risky play, regardless.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:28:21 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (knee, ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:04:48 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (knee, ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Fantasy Tip: There's a chance that DMC returns against the San Diego Chargers, but don't hold your breath. More importantly, don't put all your chips on McFadden in your championship game. Rashad Jennings has earned more carries even if McFadden returns to the lineup.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:39:52 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) is participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:11:21 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is expected to practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:45:50 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he expects RB Darren McFadden (ankle) to participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:36:41 -0800
The Oakland Raiders have declared C Andre Gurode, WR Brice Butler, CB Chance Casey-Thomas, RB Darren McFadden, RB Jeremy Stewart, OG Lamar Mady, DL Vance Walker inactive for Week 15.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:35:30 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 13, and has been ruled out for Week 15.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:16:30 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said the team is considering placing RB Darren McFadden (ankle) on Injured Reserve.
Fantasy Tip: Owners should not be counting on McFadden for the rest of the season and can release him if he is placed on Injured Reserve.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:40:45 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:53:28 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Fantasy Tip: Bottom line: You can't trust DMC in your starting lineup for the fantasy semis, even if he suits up. Rashad Jennings could return this weekend, too. If he doesn't Marcel Reece may be a desperation play against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 08:41:09 -0800
The Oakland Raiders have declared RB Darren McFadden, WR Denarius Moore, RB Jeremy Stewart, OG Lamar Mady, OG Mike Brisiel, RB Rashad Jennings, SS Tyvon Branch inactive for Week 14.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:47:05 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 14.
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:26:19 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:30:04 -0800
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.
Fantasy Tip: Make plans to be without McFadden, who had only five carries in the team's Week 13 loss. Rashad Jennings (concussion), assuming he is cleared to play, is a solid RB2 against the New York Jets.