Or even more so, because you probably have a chance at some success this season.
Naturally, your first thought goes to the men who should be taking care of the rock for the Raiders. But is picking one of them up a good idea?
My medical degree—well, it doesn't exist. However, ankle sprains aren't usually something that stick around too long unless they're high-ankle sprains.
Unfortunately for Oakland, both running backs suffered the high variety, meaning it could be another week or three before either guy is capable of playing.
So let's turn to the two men tasked with holding things down in the backfield.
For the Raiders, things may work out all right.
Taiwan Jones has shown an ability to run the ball in short bursts, but Oakland has not gone to him much against the Baltimore Ravens. He has yet to record a carry as of the halfway mark of the second quarter.
Which means that the Raiders are relying on Marcel Reece to handle everything. He has already demonstrated that he is a capable receiver out of the backfield with 26 catches in the first eight games.
He has also been trusted in the running game, as he has three of the Raiders' five carries thus far. Granted, no Oakland running back will see many carries with how often it is trailing.
Jones is a stay-away at this point. It's obvious that he isn't trusted, since he has yet to record a carry and has a single catch.
Reece is a much better option. Especially in a points-per-reception league, he can be a valuable flex play and an acceptable second running back.
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