Raiders head coach Dennis Allen says that Jones-Drew and McFadden are both "going to get an opportunity to play," according to the San Jose Mercury News. "Both of them want to be the starter," Allen said. "They wouldn't be good football players if they didn't want that."
As expected, Oakland's backfield is shaping up as a committee between Jones-Drew and McFadden. Ultimately, the title of starter will matter less than the type and amount of work each back receives. Jones-Drew is more suited to power running between the tackles and will probably handle goal line carries, while in the past McFadden has shown his best stuff on the wings, and is the better bet to break a big play. Neither back looks particularly desirable from a fantasy perspective, as both are coming off very sub-par 2013 seasons. If one misses time with an injury, as McFadden often has, then the other's value would notch up accordingly. Right now both players should be drafted as RB3s or RB4s.