With only 5 games under his belt in the 2010-11 NFL season, Darren McFadden is showing off more than just his tats, as he has already achieved career highs in rushing yards (557), yards per rush (5.5), yards per game (111.4), rushes over 20 yards (6), attempts per game (20.2) and tied his career high with TDs in a season (5). It doesn’t hurt that he is also on track to one-up all his previous career highs in receiving as well (already has 193 receiving yards and his first 2 career receiving TDs). With all that being said, he is well on his way to making his fantasy owners no longer feel idiotic allowing him to take up a roster spot on their team, and even possibly a starting spot.
On the downside, and there is one BIG downside, he is still on the Oakland Raiders, and the Oakland Raiders, well there still the Oakland Raiders. So does that mean you shouldn’t trust him in fantasy? In laymen’s terms, NO!
There is a reason this guy was a top-5 draft pick in ’07, and he is finally starting to show why. Although I do not trust the Raiders as a team, from a fantasy stand point I surely trust Run DMC. Even with missing two weeks with a hamstring injury, McFadden is a top-5 fantasy scorer for running backs. On top of that, he has put up double digits in every game he has played. In order (skipping weeks 5 and 6 in which he did not play) McFadden has got his owners; 20, 14, 17, 12, and most notability his week 7 performance were he put up 43 points.
Expect McFadden to continue to put up big numbers. If you got him on your bench I think it’s time to throw him in your starting line-up (since only 42.2% of people start him), and if you can, trade for him. Although I never thought I’d say this but ,it finally seems like the Raiders got it right.