Is it Time for Fantasy Owners to Give Up on Darren McFadden?

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystNovember 6, 2012

Pictured: Darren McFadden Escaping the Grasp of Good Health
Pictured: Darren McFadden Escaping the Grasp of Good HealthEzra Shaw/Getty Images

Welcome to this week's edition of "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same."

I'm your host, Winkenheimer, and on this week's show we'll discuss the fantasy prospects of Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden.

In news that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, the fifth-year pro is hurt (again), and his status for the Raiders' Week 10 game in Baltimore against the Ravens is very much in doubt.

Jerry McDonald of The San Jose Mercury News reports that X-rays and and an MRI of McFadden's high-ankle sprain came back negative. Head coach Dennis Allen applauded McFadden's toughness and refused to rule him out for the upcoming week, per the same story by Jerry McDonald.

"He wanted to be back out there, so we put him back out there," Allen said. "Then he came in at halftime, he just wasn't going to be able to do it so we kept him out the rest of the game."

With that said, he's not playing on a high-ankle sprain this week, unless Allen is intending to heal McFadden with the power of positive thinking. That begs the question of what fantasy owners of McFadden should do next.

After they stop swearing and assuming that their computers still work, that is.

The short answer, unfortunately for them, is nothing.

Trying to trade an injured running back who has missed 17 games in his first four NFL seasons (including nine last year) and who is averaging a career-low 3.3 yards a carry this season won't get you anything in return.

As in you'd be lucky to get a six-pack of Mr. Pibb and a stale bag of Combos, nothing.

It's also premature to drop McFadden unless you absolutely have to. Yes, the outlook isn't necessarily very good given his rather extensive injury history, but Darren McFadden remains a talented player who was likely one of your first two draft picks.

That makes it bite the bullet time. Stash McFadden on your bench, hope that he returns to action sooner as opposed to later and add his name to the 10-foot pole list for 2013.

As in wouldn't touch him with one, because as talented as he may be, Darren McFadden is of precious little use to fantasy teams if he can't stay on the field.