Cowboys running back Darren Darren McFadden had just five carries for 16 yards in Sunday's loss to New England, but caught 9 of 10 targets for 62 yards.
McFadden was bottled up as a runner, but was able to shake free a bit on check downs from QB Brandon Weeden. Meanwhile, starter Joseph Randle had 15 carries for 60 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for just 13 yards. Youngster Christine Michael ran only one time for six yards, although it wouldn't be surprising to see him get more work, at the expense of Randle, over the next few weeks. The season-ending injury to Lance Dunbar (knee) has opened up more playing time for McFadden, but for now, it's not an ideal situation, especially with an offense that is missing major pieces (Tony Romo (shoulder) and Dez Bryant (foot). Make sure McFadden is on your bench next week, as the Dallas Cowboys will have their bye.
Ed Werder of ESPN suggests that Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden is a candidate to replace Lance Dunbar (who is now on IR) as the preferred backfield option in passing situations.
While that doesn't change the fact that Joseph Randle will remain the primary ball carrier, Dunbar did manage 21 catches for 215 yards in four games prior to suffering his season-ending injury. So if McFadden does end up absorbing some added work as a pass-catcher, it could result in a degree of added Fantasy value for him, notably in PPR formats.
Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden had 10 carries for 31 yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints .
Joseph Randle didn't fare any better, carrying 11 times for 26 yards and a touchdown, also without any targets. Either Randle or McFadden, if not both, will have to take on an expanded role in the passing game, as Lance Dunbar appeared to suffer a severe knee injury during Sunday's game.
It was a solid performance on a per-touch basis, but with Joseph Randle erupting for three TDs of his own in the game, McFadden is clearly stuck as the second option in the Dallas backfield.
Murray is now with the Eagles, but Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday the team would like to see more carries per game from Randle,
"Our goal is still to get up there running the ball 25-30 times a game," Jones said, per The Dallas Morning News. "I think we ended up rushing about 22 times, so we'd like four or five more rushes on there, but this group is very productive."
Randle led the charge Week 1 with 16 carries for 65 yards, while McFadden added six carries for 16 yards.
"Joseph played well," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He had some good runs, some tough dirty runs where things weren't really clean, but he made a dirty, 3-4-5 yard run. When he had a little more space he made some plays."
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