Raiders RB Darren McFadden has the 'starting edge'


Raiders RB Darren McFadden has the 'starting edge'

The Oakland Raiders went out this offseason looking for more running back talent and they found Maurice Jones-Drew @Jones_Drew32. With two backs that are capable of starting, Darren McFadden @dmcfadden20 and Jones-Drew, the Raiders have an interesting situation to play with. The most likely scenario involves both backs in a committee running scheme. Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko has reported, "Darren McFadden has the starting edge over Jones-Drew," indicating the Raiders may favor McFadden more in certain situations, resulting in more touches.

Fantasy Analysis:

As a fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, many had high hopes for McFadden. Those hopes were slowly diminished year-in and year-out. He simply cannot stay healthy. Even though McFadden has the starting edge, there's always the injury concern. He has never played all 16 games in a season since entering NFL. From a fantasy perspective, that is scary. With an ADP of around 100, the back is not much of a risk compared to previous years. You know what you're getting with McFadden, an injury-prone player who has potential to break out in one game or another, but is not an every week starter. If you can grab him late in the draft, he is a solid bye-week fill-in.

Robert Klemo via Sports Illustrated

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