By Brian Squires, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 5:19pm EDT
With Maurice Jones-Drew sidelined with a hand injury, Darren McFadden was able to step into the lead back role for the Raiders on Sunday against the Texans. He finished the day with a pedestrian 37 yards on 12 carries. Yes, 3 yards-per-carry is nothing to get excited about, but he did have a touchdown run and added 30 receiving yards to round out a pretty decent day fantasy-wise.
Fantasy Impact: What was even more encouraging for prospective McFadden owners, if MJD does somehow miss the following week as well, was the lack of utilization of 2nd-year man Latavius Murray. Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson had led on that there may be a rotation to some extent between Murray and McFadden. Yet, Murray only saw one carry, to McFaddens 14 total touches. With a matchup against New England coming in Week 3, a defense that gave up a monster day to Knowshon Moreno in Week 1 and a solid game to Matt Asiata in Week 2, McFadden could be a nice fill-in starter.