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Sponsored Post: Go get Darren McFadden

Oakland fans seem to think the rest of the world is against them, especially when you point out anything that has happened to the franchise since 2003.

So here’s our olive branch to Raider Nation, no strings attached: Darren McFadden is going to be a beast for fantasy owners this year. (And the Raiders.) 

McFadden is currently getting drafted in the mid-to-late fourth round according to the average draft position data available in the Rotoworld fantasy football draft guide.  We would happily snap him up at or ahead of that spot as our second running back.

Fantasy football is about value, and finding possible difference makers in every draft slot.  With his toe injury in the past and Justin Fargas fading into Bolivian, McFadden has top-ten potential, especially in leagues that award points for receptions. 

McFadden may not top 200 carries, but he doesn’t need to if he catches 50-60 passes.  Consider him a rich man’s Reggie Bush.  Or a lower middle class man’s Chris Johnson.  (I’m not really sure what that means.)

McFadden has some injury risk, but we’re willing to accept a little risk with our second running back because there is more depth than ever at the position with all the committees around. One insurance policy would be to back up McFadden with his undervalued teammate Michael Bush in the late rounds. 

The Raiders under Tom Cable have consistently run the ball well with lesser talent; McFadden has speed and talent.

(Raider Nation: Remember this post the next time Mr. Florio types the word “JaMarcus.”)

And, of course, for more players who have risen up our draft boards in our constantly updated projections, head to Rotoworld’s draft guide for all the customized cheat sheets, tiers, and analysis you’ll possibly want.   (I’m contractually obligated by my corporate overlords to point out here that the Wall St. Journal said Rotoworld’s draft package was “hands down” their “No. 1 Pick.”)

You can also get all your draft questions answered Wednesday morning at 11ET on our season preview episode of Fantasy Fix Live hosted by Tiffany Simons and myself.  (Mr. Florio is even in the mix . . . with a taped cameo.)

Good luck to everyone drafting this weekend.  

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29 Responses to “Sponsored Post: Go get Darren McFadden”
  1. stiller43 says: Aug 26, 2009 10:45 AM

    “With his toe injury in the past and Justin Fargas fading into Bolivian, McFadden has top-ten potential, especially in leagues that award points for receptions.”
    Fading into Bolivian????
    He’s going to Bolivia? Or did spell check make you fix oblivion?

  2. Steeler4life says: Aug 26, 2009 10:45 AM

    I can’t believe there is a post about the Raiders. Who cares? I have a good post for you.
    “The Raidas leave the NFL for the UFL”
    Raiders Suck
    Go Steelers!

  3. RSKindred says: Aug 26, 2009 11:17 AM

    stiller43,
    It’s a reference to a Mike Tyson quote where is said bolivian when he meant oblivion.
    Steeler4life,
    A lot of people care, moreso than for the Steelers.

  4. Silver&Black666 says: Aug 26, 2009 11:18 AM

    “Oakland fans seem to think the rest of the world is against them, especially when you point out anything that has happened to the franchise since 2003.”
    Its not a matter of paranoia or conspiracy theories, its the little barbs or shots that you writers pepper your articles with when you are reporting on Al Davis or the Raiders. You take unnecessary shots and or put negative slants on articles or let your personal opinions illuminate through in your writing.
    If you are seriously oblivious to this as you so ignorantly proclaim then I would be more than happy to spend the day today cutting and pasting these past articles to prove my point.
    Thank you for the nice article!

  5. Rex Grossman says: Aug 26, 2009 11:19 AM

    Tiffany Simons is hot.

  6. texasPHINSfan says: Aug 26, 2009 11:28 AM

    fading into bolivian? ROFL
    i heart you rosenthal. seriously. that was money!

  7. sevendollarbologna says: Aug 26, 2009 11:31 AM

    I think the only good post for Oakland would be: “Raiders sold to Saudi Prince”

  8. Hype says: Aug 26, 2009 11:34 AM

    I can’t believe there is a post about the Raiders. Who cares? I have a good post for you.
    “The Raidas leave the NFL for the UFL”
    Raiders Suck
    Obviously you missed the reason behind this post. It not about a team being worse than your beloved steelers…its about production. They are saying McFadden will out produce where he is being drafted. I know thats hard for you to understand, being no one can be as good as any steelers player…zzzzzz

  9. IAmBobbyFierce says: Aug 26, 2009 11:38 AM

    So are you saying Justin Fargas is going to be really good at soccer soon?

  10. Philtration says: Aug 26, 2009 11:50 AM

    Who cares what Raider fans think?
    Anyone who uses a football game as an excuse to dress up like their favorite member of KISS should not be taken seriously anyway.

  11. kaprieli says: Aug 26, 2009 12:37 PM

    DMACs production correlates with the number of wins we have this year. All we have is our rush offense. DMAC needs to get near 1500 all purpose and 12 scores for us to get above 6 wins. Not to mention, he has to score most of those TDs himself, and not rely on the passing attack to get him into scoring position.
    Jamarcus has been ridiculed for his off season regiment and training camp work (rightfully so). However, he plays decent when the lights turn on and doesn’t make horrendous decisions. The Raiders need him to manage the games (nothing quite like a $66 million dollar ball manager).
    Our defense on the other hand. Well, let’s just point out that Davis hasn’t drafted a guy for the front 7 in the first round since Darrell Russell.

  12. wydok says: Aug 26, 2009 12:40 PM

    Sponsored links means SOMEBODY is a sellout.

  13. radrntn says: Aug 26, 2009 12:42 PM

    Lets get to the facts….media is all about the money…..they need sponsors to pay to advertise…the sponsors wnat readership, or a viewing aduience……fact is the Raiders have the highest fan base in the NFL bar none….all this other bs about Red Sox Nation, Chief ‘s Nation….everybody knows there is only one nation and that’s the Raider Nation….love them or hate them and there are plenty on both sides, the Raiders will always “spike” the polls whenever mentioned. BSPN knows this first hand, that is why they keep creating a bunch of lies. All they care about is the money.

  14. EdgarSnyder says: Aug 26, 2009 1:30 PM

    Wait, didn’t Florio used to bitch about fantasy football and refuse to address the topic at this site?
    obviously NBC is wearing the hillary pants and florio is wearing the skirt.

  15. brick says: Aug 26, 2009 1:51 PM

    @ Kaprielie
    Napoleon Harris and Tyler Brayton say Hi.

  16. East Bay Ray says: Aug 26, 2009 2:00 PM

    radrntn says:
    August 26, 2009 12:42 PM
    “…fact is the Raiders have the highest fan base in the NFL bar none….”
    Based on the enormous clouds of pot smoke at the tailgating outside the Oakland Coliseum on game days, I trust that you’re right about that. 9ers fan base is a close second, though.
    I think what you meant to say is that the Raiders have the biggest fan base in the NFL. Care to share any evidence for this “fact”?

  17. shaunypoo says: Aug 26, 2009 2:00 PM

    Most of this post is copied straight from the Rotoworld.com email. Great reporting.

  18. Steeler4life says: Aug 26, 2009 2:00 PM

    @Hype,
    Production? What production? The only production out of Da Raidas is losses and comical events, for example, head coach breaking an assistance jaw, Al Davis, Super Draft choices, Al Davis, Lane Kiffin, etc. I feel sorry for DMAC because he is trapped in that black and silver hell hole. He needs to perform poorly so he can get traded or waived. Raiders are a joke.
    Go Steelers!

  19. Gregg Rosenthal says: Aug 26, 2009 2:07 PM

    Shaun: (Cant type Shaunypoo, sorry)
    Rotoworld and PFT are under same umbrella. They – we – decided to use my pft post as part of an email they sent out to users. Crazy.

  20. jeremyb91 says: Aug 26, 2009 2:47 PM

    Steeler- If you actually knew what you were talking about you’d understand the Raiders have had teams ranked in the top 10 in rushing the last two seasons.
    Oakland actually has one of the best run blocking O lines in the game right now, they just haven’t had any success passing the ball and that has minimized the strengths of the rushing attack.
    If Russell provides any threat of passing the ball then the Raiders backfield is going to put up big numbers this year, especially McFadden.

  21. Steeler4life says: Aug 26, 2009 2:59 PM

    @jeremy
    ok. The Steelers were 23rd in the league in rushing. The Steelers won the Super Bowl.
    The Raiders were in the top 10 in rushing. 5 wins.
    Are you Al Davis’ son?

  22. jeremyb91 says: Aug 26, 2009 4:33 PM

    Steeler- Obviously you are too ignorant to understand the reasoning behind McFadden being a fantasy stud.
    The Raiders are going to rush the ball and get plenty of yards which is totally relevant in fantasy football. The Raiders have been top 10 two years in a row in the amount of yardage they pick up.
    In comparison, Big Ben wasn’t and will never be a fantasy stud QB because he doesn’t put up numbers, he puts up wins therefore he’s a good QB in the NFL but not in fantasy.
    You are too stupid to comprehend the difference.

  23. ragin40 says: Aug 26, 2009 4:43 PM

    Who won the last time the raiders and steelers played?

  24. JayBackInTheBay says: Aug 26, 2009 5:33 PM

    Bolivian. Thank you Emmit!!

  25. todd bennett says: Aug 26, 2009 6:25 PM

    Gregg its nice to see that at least you comment on your posts unlike FLOWERO. Good job. He gets pissed like a girl and kick people off the site.

  26. Gregg Rosenthal says: Aug 26, 2009 7:13 PM

    Todd/Sixburgh: Probably not the best idea to make up juvenile names for the guy running the site. Not saying you can’t, but isn’t the idea for a comment to add something useful to the discussion. What’s that adding?

  27. as big as a hat says: Aug 26, 2009 7:55 PM

    Florio has commented on his posts before. Now that he’s big time he probably won’t do it again. And with assclowns like steeler4life posting the same tired grammatically retarded posts over and over, there’s really no reason to.

  28. todd bennett says: Aug 26, 2009 8:55 PM

    Gregg this is not sixburgh I promise. I never Swore at him. Just bashed his writing.

  29. shaunypoo says: Aug 27, 2009 7:07 AM

    Gregg Rosenthal says:
    August 26, 2009 2:07 PM
    Shaun: (Cant type Shaunypoo, sorry)
    Rotoworld and PFT are under same umbrella. They – we – decided to use my pft post as part of an email they sent out to users. Crazy.
    Then they need to give you credit, because your name is not on it.

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