The Cowboys have re-signed RB Darren McFadden to a 1-year deal. A fractured elbow limited him to just 3 games last year, but it looks like he'll get another shot at Dallas' backup job. The Cowboys are reportedly looking to trade RB Alfred Morris. While McFadden is no threat to Ezekiel Elliott's workhorse role and won't be a standalone fantasy option, he'll be 1 of the highest-upside handcuffs in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott isn't expected to play more than 1-2 series in Sunday's finale against the Eagles, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. It's a smart move for a team with nothing to gain. Elliott only figures to see a handful of carries, making him a weak fantasy play. It's unclear exactly how the backfield touches will be divvied between Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar after Elliott exits.
Cowboys RB Darren McFadden will get "most of the reps" in Sunday's finale against the Eagles. Dallas has nothing to gain in that one and no reason to risk injury to RB Ezekiel Elliott. We're not expecting anything more than 10 touches for Zeke, making him a low-end fantasy option. McFadden could get 15+ totes in what figures to be a run-heavy game for the 'Boys.
Darren McFadden will be the Cowboys' #2 RB against the Bucs tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. RB Alfred Morris might be inactive, with RB Lance Dunbar remaining in a pass-catching role. McFadden has been out since fracturing his elbow in June, but Morris has mustered just 3.8 yards per carry. McFadden is no threat to Ezekiel Elliott's workhorse role, but he's the handcuff to own now.
The Cowboys have activated RB Darren McFadden. He's been out since fracturing his elbow in June. We'll see where he fits into a backfield dominated by Ezekiel Elliott that also includes Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar. We wouldn't bother with McFadden on the waiver wire this week.
The Cowboys have placed RB Darren McFadden on the non-football injury list because of the fractured elbow that kept him out through training camp and the preseason. That means McFadden will miss at least the 1st 6 games of the regular season. It also makes Alfred Morris the clear handcuff to RB Ezekiel Elliott if your fantasy football draft is still to come (or if Morris is sitting on your waiver wire).
The Cowboys have received trade inquiries for RB Darren McFadden but "really want to keep him," per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Dallas would probably deal McFadden if they're blown away by an offer. But the takeaway here is that he remains part of the team's 2016 plans. Alfred Morris has looked good this preseason and figures to open the season as the Cowboys' #2 RB. But McFadden -- once recovered from his broken elbow -- should also have a role. It's why we're not in love with Morris or McFadden as an Ezekiel Elliott handcuff.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will miss "some time" with a hamstring injury suffered on Tuesday, according to VP Stephen Jones. He refused to put an exact timetable on Elliott's return, but ESPN's Ed Werder hears that the rookie is expected to be sidelined "about a week." This sounds like a minor issue, but hamstrings are always worth monitoring. With RB Darren McFadden (elbow) also sidelined, RB Alfred Morris will soak up 1st-team reps.
Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is "on schedule" to be ready for Week 1, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole. A scan of the elbow he broke in June came back "good." The missed training camp and preseason time still gives Alfred Morris a shot to win the #2 RB job behind Ezekiel Elliott, though. Both Morris and McFadden are only worth considering in deep fantasy leagues.
Cowboys RB Darren McFadden reportedly broke his elbow at home over Memorial Day weekend. He underwent surgery on Tuesday morning and is expected to be sidelined about 2 months. That'd put him back on the field in mid-August. McFadden was already a long shot to hold off rookie Ezekiel Elliott for the Week 1 starting job. This injury puts him in danger of losing the #2 job to Alfred Morris.
The Cowboys grabbed RB Ezekiel Elliott with the 4th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s a perfect marriage between elite prospect and elite offensive line. Elliott ripped off back-to-back 1,800-yard seasons at Ohio State as a true sophomore and junior. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry with 41 TDs and 55 receptions over that span. Elliott has plenty of speed and wiggle and is a tackle-breaking machine. He picked up over 1,000 yards after 1st contact last year, according to Pro Football Focus. Also considered 1 of the top blocking backs to enter the league in recent memory, Elliott is an NFL-ready, 3-down back who should immediately step into a workhorse role. Plus, he doesn’t even turn 21 until July, so there’s still plenty of room for growth. Elliott is the clear-cut #1 pick in dynasty rookie drafts and a potential 1st-rounder in redrafts. He’ll quickly zoom by Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris on Dallas’ depth chart.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Darren McFadden remains the team's starting RB, despite the addition of Alfred Morris. Jones added, though, that Morris will have a "substantive" role. This figures to be a fluid backfield throughout the summer and possibly the season. McFadden has the early edge based on his experience in the offense and last year's 1,000-yard season. But he also turns 29 in August and hasn't exactly been a model of good health. Morris, meanwhile, is only 27 but has seen his rush yards and yards per carry drop each season since his rookie campaign. Dallas also re-signed RB Lance Dunbar, who was busy in the passing game last year before tearing his ACL. We'll be keeping a close eye on this backfield all offseason. There's fantasy value to be cultivated behind 1 of the best offensive lines in the league.
Adam Schefter reports that former Washington RB Alfred Morris will sign a 2-year deal with the Cowboys. After a terrific rookie season in both real and fantasy terms, Morris saw his rushing attempts, yards, TDs and yards per carry fall each of the past 3 years. That slipped to 3.7 yards per rush in 2015, when Morris couldn't keep the primary backfield job away from rookie Matt Jones (but also never totally lost it). We wouldn't be surprised to see Dallas also add a mid-round RB in the upcoming NFL Draft, likely a more dynamic player than Morris. But the veteran will give them a steady presence behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines. Short of that, Morris will need to fend off and/or share the job with Darren McFadden, while Lance Dunbar remains a passing-game factor. The crowd might challenge Morris' volume and keep him in RB3 range for fantasy football, even if he leads the backfield in touches.
Cowboys insider Jon Machota would be "very surprised" if the team didn't add a RB in the first 3 rounds of this spring's draft. Machota mentions Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon as a potential target. The other takeaway is that Dallas isn't going all-in on RB Darren McFadden. The former 1st-rounder played all 16 games this past season and tallied 1,089 rushing yards -- the 2nd-most of his career. But he turns 29 in August and has missed 28 games over 8 NFL seasons. McFadden is a prime "sell high" in dynasty leagues this offseason.
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