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.