Run DMC is the most perplexing running back in the fantasy game, and that is quite the statement considering the level of heartbreak many fantasy owners experience each fall. I like to consider McFadden a “Super-sized Ryan Mathews.” Each person that sits down to draft a fantasy team this summer will be drawn to the name Darren McFadden like a moth to a fluorescent lamp, due to his enormously high ceiling. DMC’s 2010 campaign of 1,664 total yards and 10 touchdowns is still a very real possibility and perhaps the allure of a new contract will be just the ticket for this Raider.
Currently, McFadden is being drafted in the RB2 range, which is a moderate value possessing huge boom and also bust potential. With the abolishment of the zone blocking scheme in Oakland, McFadden still has first round upside, but he is also a decent bet to miss a month at any point in the season. I’m on the pro-McFadden wagon, which could be either a very happy or very angry place to be in 2013. Either way, I hope to see you there. Beers will be served.