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Rashad Jennings practices, Darren McFadden does not, fantasy owners should adjust accordingly

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The Raiders top two running backs are both dealing with injuries. We break down the fantasy implications.

Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings (concussion) practiced on Wednesday, according to a report by ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. Teammate Darren McFadden (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday as noted in a separate report from Comcast Sportsnet's Scott Blair.

Fantasy Impact: Jennings has been one of the best rushers in the league for well over a month now. He's the team's number one back for the rest of the season at this point, even though that's not how things started.

Fantasy owners who drafted McFadden have to be disappointed in how things turned out this year. Although, Run DMC's injury woes throughout his career have already been well documented, so maybe a dud year is not a complete surprise with him.

The bottom line is that Jennings is ahead of McFadden on the depth chart, not just because of his statistics, but also his health. If McFadden does play this Sunday, his value would be mostly as a handcuff to Jennings. That means that his ceiling is limited for the rest of the season.

At this point fantasy owners want the most certainty they can get in the playoffs, so Jennings is the guy to roll with in the Raiders backfield this week.

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