Raiders unsure about Darren McFadden's progress, fantasy value continues to sink

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The Raiders are still not ready to name a timeline for Darren McFadden's rehab from a hamstring injury. We break down the fantasy implications.

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen says that he "isn't sure" where running back Darren McFadden stands in his rehab. Allen has said that he will know more on Wednesday.

McFadden hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 9. The Raiders have not given a timeline for his return. The multi-week injuries have become an annual tradition for the snake-bitten running back. McFadden has yet to play all 16 games in his six-year NFL career and reached 1,000 rushing yards just once, in 2011. Rashad Jennings has been filling in for McFadden.

Fantasy impact: Jennings has played well in McFadden's absence, recording 340 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games. This gives the Raiders little incentive to rush McFadden back in a rebuilding year. A free agent in the offseason, it's unlikely that they will bring him back if Jennings continues to produce.

McFadden can't be counted on to help owners in the fantasy playoffs and can be dropped in 12-team and 14-team leagues. Fantasy owners should continue riding Jennings as a RB2 against the Titans defense in Week 12. Expect Oakland to keep leaning on the running game while they figure out their quarterback situation.

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