Darren McFadden Will Lead the NFL in Rushing

9/1/12 in NFL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Yes. The oft-injured back, the one who has yet to complete a full 16-game NFL season will be the leagues' leading rusher at the completion of 2012. After a monster 2010 for McFadden, he got off to a very nice start in 2011 before he missed the second half of the season due to a Lisfranc injury to his right foot. The 5th year back out of Arkansas has always possessed the talent to take the NFL by storm, however his health has become a major concern.

August 13, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) tries to elude Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick (32) while running with the ball in the first quarter at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIREThis season, McFadden looks to build upon the success he had two years prior. In 13 games, he rushed for 1,157 yards and 7 touchdowns.  His yards per carry was a staggering 5.4 while he contributed out of the backfield as well with 507 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. If he stays healthy, he should lead the league in all-purpose yards as well. Also, Michael Bush is no longer in town to steal goal line carries, another reason his yards and scoring output should increase. 

Carson Palmer also has the benefit of working with his receiving corps through a training camp and preseason, which will only benefit McFadden in the backfield as Palmer's arm will keep the defense honest.  With a quarterback like Palmer, opposing defenses will be unable to stack the box against the run, thus allowing McFadden to do his thing. 

Now this may appear as an optimistic article by most readers, but Darren has all the tools to succeed with the personnel around him. He is only 25 years old and is only just reaching the prime of his career. In order to convince those who label him 'injury-prone', McFadden realizes this season will make or break his future financial security.

Fantasy football players who have yet to draft should look into the investment. He does come with a hint of risk, but what player with tremendous upside doesn't? His ability to affect the game from both the backfield and as a receiver is only rivaled by Darren Sproles, but he doesn't see nearly the amount of carries McFadden will. Take the risk, because he will pay dividends. 
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9/2/12   |   HollaIFyaHEMI   |   8 respect

I agree!