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|Many fantasy owners and NFL commentators had left Darren McFadden for dead after a string of uninspiring years with Oakland. However after Joseph Randle was lost to injury, all DMC did was average 4.6 yards per carry on his way to 1,089 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns along with 40 receptions. McFadden’s straight ahead style worked well with the superior blocking on the Dallas line, and while he wasn’t flashy or exciting he was effective. A broken elbow suffered this offseason will put his Week 1 status in doubt, which may open the door for off-season acquisition Alfred Morris to win the backup job behind the rookie, but the coaching staff may have some loyalty to McFadden after his 2015 yeoman’s work. Whoever wins the backup job isn’t likely to see much work behind the rookie, but even the top rated prospects fail, and of course the latest off-field news could put some or all of Elliott’s season in jeopardy. McFadden or Morris has handcuff value for an owner who selects Elliott, but their value would obviously skyrocket if Elliot misses significant time.
| Broken bone in elbow for Darren McFadden|
Surgery today, expected to miss 2 months
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jun 14, 1:00 am
|Darren McFadden's push to hold off rookie Ezekiel Elliott and retain the starting running back job entering the season has suffered a severe setback.
McFadden underwent surgery for a broken right elbow Tuesday morning and is expected to miss at least two months. Head coach Jason Garrett announced that the club anticipates that McFadden will return in training camp and there's a possibility he'll be ready for the opener on Sept. 11 against the New York Giants.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: As if the hype train for rookie Elliott wasn't moving fast enough, it should pickup steam after this news. With McFadden not expected to be back until some time during training camp it should give the rookie Elliott some more practice time with the first team.
|Cowboys ink RB Ezekiel Elliott|
Four-year deal for fourth overall pick
By: Doug Orth | Wed May 18, 4:33 pm
|IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Ezekiel Elliott has signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys that includes a $16 million signing bonus and is worth nearly $25 million overall for the Ohio State running back who was the fourth overall draft pick. (AP Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Elliott enters a backfield featuring Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden atop the depth chart so he may not see the field right away in 2016. Nevertheless, he arguably has more upside than anyone else the Cowboys have at the position and may only need a great preseason or an injury to put him in the mix for carries this year. Elliott's pedigree, draft position and firm grip on the "running back of the future" label in Dallas make him more attractive in dynasty formats where he could be among the top 15 at the position as soon as 2017.