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|Itís 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 isnít 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.
|Dak, Zeke likely to play limited snaps in Week 17 -- Thu Dec 29 6:35 pm --|
Sanchez, McFadden seeing bulk of reps in practice
|Along with Cowboys QB Mark Sanchez receiving most of the reps, expect same with RB Darren McFadden. An inexperienced LT adds to resting starters. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Cowboys have nothing to play for in Week 17, so exposing Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott and probably even Dez Bryant to injury doesn't make a ton of sense. The absence of LT Tyron Smith may also be contributing to their thinking as well. The only minor surprise here may be that Dallas isn't thinking about giving Tony Romo some reps, although it is understandable the team wants him healthy if it plans on trading him this offseason.
|Darren McFadden to be No.2 RB in Dallas -- Sun Dec 18 8:00 am --|
Alfred Morris could be inactive
|#Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is the teamís No. 2 back today, taking carries from Alfred Morris, not Zeke Elliott. Morris could be inactive. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This is somewhat a puzzling move considering Morris has performed well in the backup role behind Elliott. Zeke owners should considering McFadden on the waive just in case something happens to rookie in Week 15.