ESPN's AFC West blogger, Bill Williamson, wrote a post Wednesday entitled, "Should Darren McFadden be traded." It presents McFadden's expiring contract, injury history and trade value as the team continues in rebuilding mode as reasons why it could happen. But it won't. The Raiders haven't hinted toward any such move, and why would they? As head coach Dennis Allen said, the Raiders recent offensive coaching hires were made with McFadden in mind.
"[McFadden's] most effective years have been in downhill, power scheme," Allen said. "That's why Greg Olson and Tony Sparano are here."
Olson, the offensive coordinator, and Sparano, the offensive line coach, have experience running a power scheme. You know by now that McFadden's one year in a zone-blocking scheme with former OC Greg Knapp in 2012 was simply awful. The Raiders are re-installing the system that helped McFadden become one of the NFL's best players in 2010 and 2011. However, McFadden still couldn't stay healthy in those seasons. He has never stayed healthy in any season. That, regardless of Oakland's offensive philosophies, will have the most impact on where fantasy owners take McFadden in 2013. I don't think I would draft him in the first round, but he is still an RB1.