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.
Breaking Football | Jul 30th
The Oakland Raiders don’t seem to be settled on a starting running back quite yet. One thing we know, though, is they are hoping by bringing back Darren McFadden and adding veteran back Maurice Jones-Drew, is that they can get better. Getting better, at least for now, may involve McFadden sticking as the team’s starting running back come week one, as McFadden apparently has the “...