By Brian Dezelske, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Oct 15th 3:48pm EDT
Of the handful of offensive bright spots last Sunday for the Oakland Raiders, maybe the most intriguing was the emergence of Darren McFadden in the running game. McFadden had a vintage performance, going for 80 yards on 14 carries.
Fantasy Impact: McFadden's 5.7 YPC average in Sunday's loss, along with the lack of production from Maurice Jones-Drew, puts McFadden squarely in the sleeper conversation for the rest of the season.
By Brian Dezelske, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 1:06pm EDT
Darren McFadden had 11 carries for 40 yards, and also added another 32 yards on four receptions.
Fantasy Impact: McFadden was given the majority of the snaps on Sunday, even though Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) returned to action. However, McFadden failed to capitalize and will likely split time with Jones-Drew when the Raiders return to action in Week 6 against the Chargers.
By Steve Painter, Raiders Correspondent, Sat, Sep 20th 4:24pm EDT
Even if MJD is active, McFadden will receive majority of touches in Raiders backfield against the Patriots on Sunday. (Source: CSN Bay Area
Fantasy Impact: McFadden is the starter, and had the workload last week, so MJD and Latavius Murray will be secondary players this Sunday. Most owners will have better options than McFadden this week. He only rushed for a scant 37 yards in Week 2 action.
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.
By Brian Squires, Raiders Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 10:37am EDT
Darren McFadden again was the 2nd running back into the game on Friday against Detroit with Maurice Jones-Drew getting his second straight start. However, the Raiders first offensive drive went 11 plays and 60 yards, culminating in a McFadden 1-yard plunge for a TD.
Fantasy Impact: McFadden actually got three straight attempts inside the 5-yard line leading to his score. He also ended the game with more carries, yards and yards per carry. While this is encouraging for McFadden, it only leads to more uncertainty as far as the Raiders backfield situation altogether. Is MJD the starter in time-share? Will Jones-Drew also be the third-down back? But will McFadden be the goal-line back? And to what extent will Marcel Reece take away from these roles?
After two preseason games, the answers seem to be: Probably, probably, maybe and who knows? Fantasy owners or potential drafters would be advised to look at MJD first (ADP 86) and hopefully handcuff with McFadden (ADP 125). And cross their fingers
By Scott Poppen, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Jul 30th 5:21pm EDT
Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko reports that "at this stage" Darren McFadden has the "starting edge" over Maurice Jones-Drew in the Raiders' backfield. (Source: Rotoworld on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Expect to see these two veteran running backs splitting carries throughout the pre-season. McFadden has a history of injury, having missed 29 games over the past 6 seasons due to a laundry list of different ailments. Trusting him to remain ahead of Jones-Drew is a dicey decision at best. Any edge McFadden may have now would quickly be lost should the injury bug bite him again in 2014. Draft both players as nothing more than an RB3. McFadden may be the starter for now, but Jones-Drew is the better player.
RotoBaller | Sep 12th
BALLER MOVE: Add in Most Leagues Owned in 73% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Although Darren McFadden is already owned in a lot of fantasy leagues, he should pretty much be owned in all of them at this point. Maurice Jones-Drew will be missing the Week 2 game against Houston due to an injury, which immediately puts McFadden into […]
ESPN | Sep 12th
With Maurice Jones-Drew injured, is it time to turn to perennial fantasy disappointment Darren McFadden?