OAKLAND CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball during their game against the St. Louis Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen told NFL.com that he won't be babying Darren McFadden this season despite the running back's injury-plagued career. We break down the fantasy implications.
The Oakland Raiders won't be babying Darren McFadden this season despite the litany of injuries that have hindered the running back's career so far, head coach Dennis Allen told NFL.com. Allen said that McFadden is "100 percent" and that the team plans to use him throughout the year.
"I think the thing that you look at is as a running back, I mean, it's a tough position," Allen said. "They take some shots and that's part of football. We can't baby him. We can't protect him. We got to go out there and play football and give him an opportunity to carry the ball, and we hope that he's able to stay healthy."
Analysis: McFadden is one of the most intriguing prospects in fantasy football because he is clearly a Top 5 talent yet his injury problems spook owners so badly that he occasionally falls as far as the second round. Lisfranc surgery derailed what was on track to be a phenomenal season last year, and he has looked great in his limited touches in preseason so far. Allen gave every indication that McFadden will be relied on heavily this season. Just hope upon hope that McFadden's body holds up if you take the plunge and draft him.