2013 Fantasy Football: Which NFL Star is the Biggest Draft-Day Risk?

Darren McFadden

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The player that will be drafted in almost every fantasy football draft that should be on almost every team’s do not draft list is Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden. McFadden was drafted fourth overall by the team in the 2008 NFL Draft, and so far he has only had one year that he broke 1,000 yards rushing and also has yet to complete a full season of play for the sliver and black.

His stats in 2012 didn’t help this warning, and despite playing in 12 games, McFadden only amassed 707 yards and two touchdowns with a 3.3 yards per carry average on 216 carries which is beyond pathetic for a running back that came out of college with so much potential. The good news for the Raiders is that McFadden is in his final year of his rookie contract, and unless he takes a massive cut in pay, it will take nothing short of a miracle for him to play for Oakland in 2014.

McFadden is so bad that Marcel Reece, who is the team’s proverbial Swiss-Army Knife between playing running back, fullback and tight end, is consider a much more effective player. Last season Reece had 271 yards rushing last year only only 59 carries which equates to a respectable 4.6 yards per carry .

All in all, it shall be said that if any of my readers are in a fantasy league — especially for big money — stay away from Darren McFadden as he will hurt you much more than he will help you. He is a huge waste of a roster spot, and you’d be better of taking an unproven rookie like Cincinnati BengalsGiovani Bernard.

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