NFL Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Has Darren McFadden Reached His 2010 Peak?

Many disgruntled fantasy owners were pushed one step farther towards the edge this week with Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden claiming he was “about 70 percent,” news that caused many to either keep him on their bench, or drop him all together.

And it may have cost them what could be his peak performance of the year.

Darren McFadden has been nothing short of a bright spot for fantasy owners gaining 100 or more all-purpose yards in every game he has played this year, until that hamstring injury.

Moreover, he also has three 100-plus rushing yard games to his credit, and is a viable pass option out of the backfield which bodes well for PPR leaguers.

But is the bubble about to burst on Darren McFadden?

Just like analyzing a stock’s performance, or researching the trends of a stock, fantasy players can often be future analyzed in hopes of either capitalizing on a future performance, or avoiding an inopportune start.

If we then analyze McFadden and his future fantasy value, we may find that he is a great sell-high candidate, with his bubble about to burst as soon as this week.


Darren McFadden’s Five Week High

McFadden’s sudden success, over the past five weeks, has come largely due to the five teams he's faced—none of them a top 10 team, either, at the time of the game or now.

So it’s not as surprising that he gained 145 yards against the 15th ranked run defense (St. Louis) or that he carved up the 29th ranked run defense (Arizona) for 105 yards and a score, or better yet, that he demolished the 30th ranked run defense (Denver) with 165 yards on the ground and four all-purpose TDs—three of them rushing TDs.

But this is a trend that has reached its peak, and the decline of McFadden is on the horizon.


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