Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Fantasy Football Today Blog
Gameday Inactives
2015 Draft Prep Guide
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Scores
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Playoff Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
Fantasy Baseball Today Blog
2015 Draft Prep Guide
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Daily Fantasy
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
 
 

2012 Draft Prep: McFadden the ultimate risk/reward

Senior Fantasy Writer
  •  

Darren McFadden knows what you think of him. He hears the whispers of being called fragile and weak. In your view, porcelain dolls have a better chance of staying healthy compared to the Raiders running back.

McFadden is five years into his NFL career and has yet to play a full 16-game season. He has missed 19 of a possible 60 games, and last year was his worst season of all with only seven games played thanks to a Lisfranc injury in his right foot.

FREE Draft Kits!
Mike Tolbert
Get everything you need to dominate on Draft Day in one convenient place with our Downloadable Draft Kit, complete with projections, rankings and outlooks for 2013!
Download your Draft Kit now!

But he's back this year at 100 percent, and his goal is to dominate the NFL. We believe in McFadden, and the prediction here is he will have a career year.

"I just want to come out there and pick up where I left off at," McFadden recently told the local Oakland media. "The type of injury that I had was something that set me down for a long time, but a lot of people may think it is hard to bounce back and get back in the flow of things. Once I am back out there on the field, I feel like I am at home, so I will just go out there and try to pick up where I left off."

Where McFadden left off in 2011 was impressive. Prior to going down, he had 113 carries for 614 rushing yards and four touchdowns and 19 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown. He was averaging 14.3 Fantasy points per game, which would have made him a Top 10 running back if he kept up that pace.

McFadden has been a beast when healthy. He has averaged 88.5 rush yards and 33.0 receiving yards over his last 20 starts with 15 total touchdowns -- all with Michael Bush there. Bush is gone now, signing as a free agent with the Bears, and McFadden's touches could actually increase given the lack of quality talent behind him with unproven commodities in Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones.

Check out our Fantasy Football podcast!
There is no better source for entertaining Fantasy advice than our Fantasy Football Today podcast. Dave Richard, Jamey Eisenberg and Adam Aizer will help you pass the time as you anticipate Draft Day 2014!
Latest episode | Subscribe today!

But the biggest issue with McFadden as we all know is health. Can he stay on the field? His best season to date was 2010 when he played 13 games and finished with 223 carries for 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns and 47 catches for 507 yards and three touchdowns. Fantasy owners would take that production in a second, and if he managed 16 games the stats would be phenomenal.

"I think we all understand that he's an explosive playmaker for us, and we need him to be healthy for an entire season," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.

McFadden feels great now at the start of training camp, and he said he doesn't plan to alter his running style to protect himself from injuries. Fantasy owners will still fear McFadden, but if you want to win championships sometimes you have to gamble on talented players and hope they perform.

McFadden certainly falls into that category. He knows what he's capable of when he steps on the field, and he hopes this is the year he sheds the injury-prone label.

"It is one of those things where it happens in football," McFadden said of getting hurt. "I can't say I am unlucky about it. I am a very blessed person to even be playing in this league, so for me I just go out there and take it one day at a time. I can't control injuries. If I get hurt, I am going to get hurt going hard. So it's something I can't control, and I am not going to go out there and play to not get hurt."

McFadden's Average Draft Position at the start of training camp is No. 11 overall. He is being drafted as the No. 7 running back behind Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice, Ryan Mathews, Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew. That's the right spot for McFadden to go. He has elite talent and if he plays close to a full season, he could easily be a Top 5 running back.

There is risk involved with drafting McFadden, but if he rewards you with a significant amount of games played then you could be looking at a possible Fantasy championship.

Stay in touch with the most passionate Fantasy staff in the business by following us via Twitter @CBSFantasyFB . You can also follow Jamey at @JameyEisenberg and on Facebook .

Get player news notifications, manage your team and check scores
- all updated in real time. Download the CBS Fantasy App.

  •  
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
 
Player News
Eagles LB Kiko Alonso dealing with knee issue
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso said he has been bothered by a nagging knee issue, which flared up before Saturday's preseason game, reports Philly.com.

Alonso was able to practice Monday, but coach Chip Kelly was unsure if he would play in Thursday's final preseason game.

"He's looked sharp in practice, but games and practice are a little bit different," Kelly said. "We'll see where he is. But we're hopeful to get him back out there [in games]."


Report: Raiders waive Kenbrell Thompkins
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) The Raiders parted ways with wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins on Monday, a source told NBCSports.com. Thompkins caught six passes for 53 yards in two games last season.

Cowboys remove Rolando McClain from PUP list
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) The Cowboys removed linebacker Rolando McClain from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Monday, reports The Dallas Morning News.

McClain is recovering from offseason knee surgery, but must serve a four-game suspension before returning in the regular season.


Report: Raiders part ways with running back Trent Richardson
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) The Raiders released running back Trent Richardson on Monday, sources told ESPN.com. The former first-round pick rushed for 519 yards on 159 attempts last season.

Ravens place Matt Elam on IR
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) Ravens safety Matt Elam will miss the 2015 season after he was placed on injured reserve Monday, reports ESPN. Elam suffered a torn biceps during training camp and will need surgery.

Packers release five players
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) The Packers parted ways with LB Tavarus Dantzler, T Ebbele Fabbians, LB Josh Francis, DT Lavon Hooks and T Vince Kowalski on Monday, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Josh Boyce, Dekoda Watson among five players released by Patriots
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) The Patriots released five players Monday. They were WR Josh Boyce, WR Jonathan Krause, TE Jimmay Mundine, DL Joe Vellano and LB Dekoda Watson

Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden clears concussion protocol
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden will practice Monday after clearing the league's concussion protocol, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Weeden suffered the injury during a preseason game.

Giants WR Victor Cruz remains hopeful of being ready by opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz remains sidelined with a calf injury and has yet to be cleared to jog. However, the veteran wide receiver is still hopeful he will play in the season opener and hopes to practice next week.

"I think we're just being careful, cautious with it," Cruz said, per ESPN.com. "Calves are tricky. Once they feel healed and once they feel OK, you can go out here and mess it up again. So you want to make sure that it's fully healed and fully recovered once you step back out there on the field.

"Not that I haven't been able to [jog] but they don't want me to right now. They just want me to sit down and let it heal, let it repair itself and things like that."


Rams place cornerback E.J. Gaines on injured reserve
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines will miss the 2015 season after being placed on injured reserve, the team announced Monday. Gaines recently underwent surgery to repair a Lisfranc foot injury

 
 
 
Rankings