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Key fantasy storyline
Fantasy owners have waited half a decade for Darren McFadden to capitalize on his once-limitless potential. Therefore, if this contract year can't do it, then nothing can.
McFadden turns 26 years old this season, and this might be his one last chance to prove capable of playing a full season and being a worthwhile fantasy starter in Oakland. His talent, not his production, will get him drafted as such; however, the Raiders' inept offense will not give him much of a chance to produce up to his draft position, much less stay healthy along the way.
The Raiders already struggle with Matt Flynn's throwing limitations, so it shouldn't come as a shock when defenses come geared up to stuff McFadden both in the running and passing games.
Maybe punching his ticket out of Oakland is all McFadden really needs. Either way, don't put your fantasy team at risk.
|Oakland Raiders' 2013 schedule|
|Including a look at how the Raiders' upcoming foes fared defensively in fantasy last season.|
Stats via FFToday.com
All of the Raiders' matchups are considered relatively tough, because they're seen as such a weak team. The numbers should be particularly suppressed against Denver (twice), Pittsburgh, Houston and even the Jets. Outside of those weeks that could wind up as shutouts, a subpar team will likely get several opportunities to pile up garbage-time stats.
QB: Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Tyler Wilson
RB: Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings, Latavius Murray
WR: Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford
TE: David Ausberry, Mychal Rivera, Nick Kasa
K: Sebastian Janikowski
|Oakland Raiders' 2012 defensive rankings|
The Raiders defense wasn't as bad as the scoreboard suggests, but it won't be getting any better with the suspect nature of their quarterback position and offense in general. A bad offense tends to put defenses in uncompromising positions during a game, so don't consider Oakland defensive unit as viable in any fantasy leagues. Outside of defensive back Tyvon Branch, linebacker Kevin Burnett or veteran Charles Woodson as late-round sleepers, there aren't many players to consider for IDP formats either.