Darren McFadden: Best Fantasy Replacements for Injured Raiders RB

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders tries to get away from Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at O.co Coliseum on November 4, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Fantasy owners of Darren McFadden will need to scramble to find a running back to plug into their lineup once again. The Oakland Raiders star will miss yet another game, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald.

When healthy McFadden is one of the best running backs in the game. However, those who own McFadden in their fantasy leagues know that a healthy McFadden is often times a fleeting commodity. With hopes of McFadden coming back this week officially dashed, owners must move on and get their lineups ready for the week.

Fortunately, there are some enticing options available that can be plugged into your lineup and help your team make that final push for the playoffs. Here's a look at the best options to replace McFadden in your lineup.


Marcel Reece

With McFadden out, Reece will be the recipient of the bulk of the Raiders' workload at running back.

At 6'1" 255, the converted fullback is built like a tank but has the feet of a ballerina. As the starter last week he put up over 190 yards of total offense and scored 19 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues.

Despite that great production and another opportunity to see plenty of touches this week, he's still only owned in 44.9 percent of ESPN leagues.

If you're a McFadden owner, Reece should already be on your roster as a handcuff for the oft-injured back. If he's not, there's still time to scoop him up before a competitive owner picks him up just to spite you.


Ronnie Hillman

Hillman has been a hot pickup this week, but he's still available in just under half of all ESPN leagues.

Much like Reece, Hillman has seen his fantasy value soar after the starter went down with an injury. The Denver Broncos have placed Willis McGahee on injured reserve (h/t Associated Press) which means Hillman takes over as the main running back for the Denver Broncos.

Hillman's touchdown ceiling will be very low in general (McGahee only had four touchdowns on the season) but he is still a high-upside play in Denver's offense.

The young running back couldn't have a better matchup to make his debut as a starter. The Broncos will take on the Kansas City Chiefs, who are giving up 18.6 points per game to running backs on the season.

With Manning giving this team an early lead, the Broncos could turn it over to Hillman as the game progresses. He could be in for the kind of day that will make owners temporarily forget about McFadden.


Bryce Brown

If you're really strapped for options at running back this week, Bryce Brown makes for a sneaky one-week option at running back.

The Eagles will call on Brown to make the start this week as, according to CBS Sports, LeSean McCoy will be forced to sit the week out after suffering a concussion.

Philadelphia has done a horrible job of utilizing McCoy this season, but Brown still holds value against the Panthers. Carolina's defense has been bad all season and their record against running backs is reflective of that.

The Panthers are giving up 17 points per game to opposing running backs. Even with Andy Reid calling the shots, Brown should be able to get loose against this defense.

He doesn't have much long-term value, but Brown should be a good play this week.