The Oakland Raiders fans have to be sick of seeing the words Darren McFadden and injury in the same sentence. The bruising back is constantly fighting through some ailment and 2012 has proven to be no different.
However, one man's loss is Marcel Reece's gain. So will he become a more featured part of the offense and will he take advantage?
Reece hasn't been used much when it comes to running the rock. Through eight games this season, he has had a solitary carry, on which he failed to produce a yard.
But his impact has been felt through the air. The fullback has been a trusted target of Carson Palmer as evinced by his 34 targets. Of those, he has caught 26 balls for 272 yards and one score.
That may not seem like a lot, but eight of those receptions (out of nine targets) came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Palmer went to him often and Reece responded with 95 yards and the above-mentioned score.
The Raiders have done a decent job of spreading the ball around and the dink-and-dunk approach of Palmer means the running backs get their share of looks.
Since McFadden won't be around to haul in those dumpoffs, Reece will stand to gain those passes after his performance against the Bucs.
Fantasy Football Outlook
Reece will still be available in plenty of leagues. Considering the injuries to fantasy backs this year, he is worth a pickup during McFadden's time on the sidelines.
For instance, if your team was relying on Darren Sproles, you are likely scrambling for any warm body to plug into that flex or second running back slot. While it will be a gamble on whether Reece will deliver, he's shown that he's capable when given the opportunity.
If you're in a place where you have to take a chance, then Reece is your guy.