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|Itís fair to say that the light came on for McFadden in 2011. With 761 total yards and five touchdowns over the first six games, the 2008 1st round pick appeared on the verge of establishing himself as one of the premier running backs in the league. However, a severely sprained foot in Week 7 caused him to miss the remainder of the season and his fantasy owners were mystified that the Raiders failed to fully disclose the extent of the injury until late in the year. That was a huge blow as McFadden had the potential to be the top fantasy producer at running back despite having to share time with Michael Bush. In 2012, Bush has left for Chicago providing McFadden with an opportunity to be a workhorse back but his injury history suggests that is unlikely to happen. In his four seasons in the league, he has failed to produce a 16 game season and has missed 19 games due to injury. In McFadden, you are getting an extremely talented player who will likely average 20 touches a game but he also is a major injury risk. The injury risk was negated in prior years because fantasy owners knew they could grab Michael Bush and expect him to produce with McFadden out. That isnít the case this season. Consider McFadden a low-end fantasy starter with major upside but grabbing him likely means using a high mid-round pick on your RB3.
| McFadden expected to start for Raiders -- Fri Sep 12 9:00 am --|
Murray to see action as well
|Maurice Jones-Drew said Thursday that he had a procedure performed on his right hand ó not for a broken bone, he said ó and the running back and the Raidersí coaching staff are essentially ruling him out for Sundayís game.
"I would like to go out there (Sunday), but itís a long season," said Jones-Drew, whose hand was very swollen. (SF Gate)|
FF Today's Take: OC Greg Olson said Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray would be the running backs this week. "Last week we wanted to see Maurice Jones-Drew in a full-time role," Olson said. "This week, I don't know if we'll see that. We'll start with Darren, and it probably will be more series-wise with Latavius and Darren."
| MJD recovering from right hand surgery -- Thu Sep 11 6:25 pm --|
Appears unlikely to go in Week 2
|Maurice Jones-Drew said he had a procedure on his right hand ó not for a broken bone, he said ó and the running back and the Raiders coaching staff essentially ruled him out for Sundayís game. "I would like to go out there (Sunday), but itís a long season,Ē said Jones-Drew, whose hand was very swollen. Raiders OC Greg Olson said that Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray would both get a crack at it if/when Jones-Drew canít go against the Texans. (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: In a bit of an irony, McFadden came out of Week 1 healthy and should be expected to be the lead back on Sunday. Oakland should enjoy more success on the ground versus Houston than it did against the stout Jets' run defense, so McFadden's owners should feel comfortable using him as a flex or even RB2 if MJD is ruled out.