What Darren McFadden’s Absence Means for Fantasy Owners, Raiders in Week 11

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden isn't likely to play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, so what does it mean for his team and fantasy football owners?

Via Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times on Wednesday:

RB Darren McFadden still in a walking boot, coach Dennis Allen said. Allen still considers McFadden as questionable for Sunday's game.

— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) November 14, 2012  

Corkran reported again on Thursday:

Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson not at practice today.

— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) November 15, 2012  

As much as McFadden would like to suit up and get out there on the field, these reports don't bode well for his return in Week 11.

The Raiders have been playing without McFadden since he was injured in the team's Week 9 contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

Let's take a look at how his continued absence affects the Raiders and fantasy football owners.



In McFadden's stead, Marcel Reese and Jeremy Stewart struggled against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10, totaling just 70 yards on 20 carries against the No. 26 run defense in the NFL. 

Neither runner is as physically gifted as Run DMC. That said, both are capable of hitting a hole and gaining a handful of yards when the lane is open. 

This week's matchup against the Saints would seem like one the Raiders could exploit, given the fact that the Saints feature the second-worst rushing defense in the NFL, giving up 162 yards per game. 

Unfortunately, the Raiders have been atrocious this season at running the ball. 

This team has only averaged 76.7 rushing yards per game—the second-worst mark in the NFL. Whether it's McFadden, Goodson, Reese, Stewart or Taiwan Jones, it's tough to make a bi...

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