Darren McFadden Has Underperformed Through Week 4

9/30/12 in NFL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The common fan peeking into the NFL season prior to it beginning might have guessed this year would be the year Darren McFadden would remain healthy and completely dominate on the ground as a direct complement to the addition of Carson Palmer. However, as the Raiders have also realized, expectations aren't always met. If Al Davis were still around, I wouldn't be surprised if there were a coaching change already. 

McFadden rushed for only 32 and 22 yards respectively in the first two weeks of the season. He then went off on the Steelers for 116 yards and a TD, however, the majority of those yards came on his 64-yard TD run. Overall, his rushing numbers are down across the board and his inability to find the holes consistently is hampering the Raiders and worrying fantasy owners. 

September 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA;  Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs with the football during second quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIREHis output was suppose to be off the charts. He was suppose to be the back you could build your team around (Raiders and fantasy-wise). Carson Palmer and the improved passing attack was suppose to relieve the pressure on McFadden, allowing him to run smash-mouth football. 

Today, McFadden totalled only 34 rushing yards in a very important divisional matchup with the Denver Broncos and they now move to 1-3 on the season while the Broncos moved to 2-2. The Raiders inhabit the AFC West cellar and if there is any chance at that changing, their rushing attack needs a shot in the legs. 

The combination of McFadden and Mike Goodson should allow for this team to get on their game soon, however, if not soon, it will almost certainly not happen for the remainder of the season. 

For McFadden fantasy owners, it's tough to let him go or sell low in a trade because he has such tremendous upside, but if offered the right deal, pull the trigger. He may not recover in time for your squad to completely rely on him week in, week out. 
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