Darren McFadden injury has no bearing on fantasy value

Ezra Shaw

Owners are used to seeing a red mark on their lineup next to Darren McFadden's name, but his current injury isn't too serious. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Raiders played without their starting running back on Friday night against the Bears, but if it wasn't the third game of the preseason, Darren McFadden's name probably would've been in the stat line. Head coach Dennis Allen said after the game that McFadden would have played they were in the regular season.

McFadden was ruled out with a shoulder injury prior Oakland's matchup with Chicago. While he has been a constant injury concern since entering the NFL, his current ailment doesn't appear to be serious.

Fantasy impact: Last year, McFadden entered the season as a potential top 10 pick in preseason rankings. Fast forward a season, and owners are wary of taking a chance on him again.

Can McFadden play an entire season? Probably not. His injury history proves that. But don't panic quite yet. The shoulder seems to be fine. However, looking at Oakland's offense overall, it's hard to believe McFadden will be able to find much room to run when he does play.

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