Darren McFadden helps the Raiders and fantasy owners score a win

Thearon W. Henderson

The Raiders' running back helped seal the deal in a win over the Steelers. We break down the fantasy implications.

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden carried the ball 24 times for 73 yards and got into the end zone twice in a 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. McFadden also added two receptions out of the backfield for five yards in the game.

Fantasy impact: If you own Darren McFadden in your fantasy league, you're probably just happy to see him in the lineup as the injury-plagued running back has never played a full season in the NFL. McFadden is continuing to improve since returning from a hamstring ailment against Kansas City last week.

His 24 carries in the game were the most he's had all season and the two touchdowns he scored in the game doubled his season total to four.

Considering the Pittsburgh Steelers are usually pretty good against the run, it was good to see McFadden get a lot of action and really test out his legs. He only averaged three yards per carry in the game, but it seemed he was able to find his way into the end zone when it mattered. Now that he's healthy, fantasy owners can continue to start him regularly.

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