2. Darren McFadden
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.