Darren McFadden Injury: Fantasy Owners Should Not Abandon Hobbled RB

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden has had a rough season and suffering a sprained ankle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was yet another setback. But fantasy football owners should not lose faith in the talented rusher.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the following regarding McFadden’s injury: 

Raiders RB Darren McFadden suffered a high ankle sprain on his first carry of the game, played through it before aggravating injury later. McFadden is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday and is considered week to week for now.

If the former first-round pick misses time, it will be tempting to trade him away. But before making a rash decision and pulling the trigger on any deal involving McFadden, it is important to evaluate his fantasy worth.

McFadden’s fantasy owners have already had to lower expectations for him this season. Those who drafted him to be their No. 1 running back had to reform the way they value him long before this injury.

He is averaging only 3.3 yards per carry and has reached the end zone just twice this year. Any hope of McFadden becoming a dangerous receiver out of the backfield after he caught 13 passes in the season opener faded quickly, and he has not reeled in more than four receptions in any game since then. 

Currently, McFadden’s 67 fantasy points in ESPN leagues ranks 19th among all running backs. He has performed as a low No. 2 RB or an excellent flex option. 

This is how fantasy owners should value him when considering trade offers. If you are lucky enough to receive an offer that would land you a top-10 back like Frank Gore or Trent Richardson, then by all means, abandon McFadden.

But in all likelihood, McFadden’s fantasy owners are dealing with the nuisance of low-ball offers due to this injury. Unless McFadden’s ankle proves to be a serious long-term problem, the Ra...

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