Thanks to a season-high 80 rushing yards in one game and a rushing touchdown in the other,
The Raiders are visiting the Browns, who rank dead last against the run, allowing 155.5 yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry. They were responsible for Denard Robinson's breakthrough 127-yard performance in Week 7 and Lorenzo Taliaferro's 91-yard effort that got everyone so excited back in Week 3. The Browns also don't have such an explosive offense that the Raiders will be forced to pass all day.
McFadden has a good enough chance of delivering respectable numbers that you should at least pay him a second thought as a flex option in a standard 12-team league. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him among their top 24 running backs for this week.
McFadden ranks 29th among running backs in Fantasy points over his last three games, but has just 25 Fantasy points. This might be more indicative of just how bad the position has been recently, as he isn't exactly lighting the world on fire. McFadden has topped 4.0 yards per carry just once this season, and has registered one or more Fantasy points through the air in just two games.
McFadden gets work, which will always make him an interesting Fantasy option, no matter how mediocre he is. Still, there are higher upside options out there than McFadden, who also carries the constant risk of injury. As a third Fantasy running back, McFadden is fine, but he doesn't have much more value than that at this point.
McFadden again received the majority of the carries for Oakland, picking up 48 yards on 14 carries. He averaged just 3.4 yards per attempt during the contest. McFadden did manage to plunge in on a 1 yard run near the end of the second quarter. McFadden also hauled in four passes, but only gained 7 yards.
He'll look for more Week 8 against the Browns.
McFadden hasn't exactly been a workhorse for the
So does he deserve a second chance (or third or fourth) in Fantasy? That might be going a bit far. Given McFadden's injury history, the Raiders may never trust him to carry a full load and may gradually increase Jones-Drew's carries as he works his way back into form. Also, a big reason McFadden didn't get more carries in Jones-Drew's absence is because the 0-5 Raiders were so often playing from behind. That doesn't figure to change.
McFadden deserves to be owned in Fantasy because the opportunity is there for him to exceed expectations, but as things stand now, you probably shouldn't start him except as a bye-week replacement.
McFadden got the start and had three runs of 10-plus yards, including a 17-yard run late in the third quarter for his longest gain of the day. He took 14 handoffs for a season-high 80 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.He was thrown to four times and finished with two catches for 6 yards in a 31-28 defeat. He has 231 rushing yards on the year.
The Raiders will host the Cardinals in Week 7.
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