After playing 5 games, Darren McFadden has only reached the end zone twice. This is not what fantasy football owners were expecting when they took Run DMC with a high draft pick this year. However, there is a silver lining folks. McFadden has scored those 2 touchdowns in the past 3 weeks. Even though he got off to a slow start, all indications are that he is building momentum and feeling more comfortable.
McFadden is fed the ball early and often in most games, as he is one of the few options the Oakland Raiders have in their futile offense. The bright side to owning this workhorse is that he averages 16.8 carries a game, and is coming off a Week 6 matchup where he was handed the ball 27 times. Your grandmother is even getting yardage if she touches the ball 27 times.
What can fantasy owners expect in Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars? Well I’m willing to bet that McFadden makes it into the end zone at least once. The Jaguars have allowed 7 touchdowns in 5 games to opposing rushers. Jacksonville is fielding a defense that allows 163 rushing yards per game, which is 27nd in the league. Needless to say, McFadden is drooling while looking at the 4.7 yards per carry that the Jags allow.
Injuries are always a concern for this historically fragile running back, but as long as McFadden is healthy, he will be a solid play going forward. Seven out of the next 8 rushing defenses the Raiders will face are out the top 20 in fewest rushing yards allowed.
Start the man with confidence.