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Darren McFadden injury: 2nd missed practice casts more doubt on fantasy status

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Darren McFadden missed his second straight practice Thursday for the Raiders due to a high ankle sprain. We break down the fantasy implications.

Darren McFadden missed practice for a second straight day on Thursday for the Oakland Raiders, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. McFadden is dealing with a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McFadden hasn't officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, but reports earlier in the day citing sources close to the team indicated that the running back will miss another 2-4-weeks.

Fantasy Impact: Check Friday's injury report just in case, but expect McFadden to sit this week. As a result, fullback Marcel Reece becomes much more valuable. Reece was already a heavy target in the passing game, but a healthy dose of carries could make him a solid RB2 over the final stretch of the regular season.

Reece is a great start this week, going up against a weak Saints defense in a game that figures to be a shootout. Backups Jeremy Stewart and Taiwan Jones have very little fantasy value at this time.

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