An underrated key to being a successful fantasy football owner is knowing when to give up on a struggling player and knowing when to have faith.
Those same owners should look to start the banged-up back this weekend in Denver.
Skeptical? Well, hear me out.
The Broncos will host AFC West rival Oakland on Sunday afternoon. The Raiders rank 20th in the league defending the run and were the victims of McGahee's best rushing effort a year ago.
McGahee rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns against Oakland last November. He averaged 8.2 yards per attempt in the Broncos' 14-point road win.
Though you shouldn't expect another superhuman performance from McGahee this weekend with Peyton Manning under center for the Broncos, a 100-yard rushing day isn't at all far-fetched.
The Raiders are even worse defending the pass this season, ranking 26th in the NFL. Therefore, I fully expect Denver to attempt to beat Oakland through the air first. That way the Broncos can establish some confidence in Manning and the receiving corps heading into the stretch run.
Still, Oakland's problems against the run cannot go ignored by John Fox and the Broncos coaching staff. Dennis Allen's squad is giving up more than 116 yards on the ground per week (more than four yards per carry).
With McGahee getting a bulk of the carries for Denver, he is sure to put up the type of numbers fantasy owners are looking for from him this weekend. I don't envision him bursting onto the highlight reel with another 60-yard run this year, but instead pacing the Broncos ground attack, maintaining his average of 4.3 yards per carry in 2012.
Willis McGahee has battled back from more serious injuries in the past, and he has proven to be among the toughest offensive talents in the game. Have faith in the Broncos running back, and your team shall reap the benefits this weekend.
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