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Marcel Reece: Why You Must Start Raiders' RB Despite Injury

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Marcel Reece #45 of the Oakland Raiders looks to put a move on Ronde Barber #20 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of their NFL football game at O.co Coliseum on November 4, 2012 in Oakland, California. The Buccaneers won the game 42-32. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IINovember 25, 2012

Oakland Raiders running back Marcel Reece is probable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals despite his hamstring/quad injury, according to ESPN

With that said, here are three reasons why fantasy owners must start the running back despite his injury issues. 

No Darren McFadden

According to the official Oakland Raiders Twitter feed, running back Darren McFadden is listed as inactive for today's game against Cincinnati.

Raiders Inactives: QB Terrelle Pryor, DT Richard Seymour, RBs Mike Goodson and Darren McFadden, T Willie Smith, OL Lucas Nix, DE J. Crawford

— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 25, 2012

With McFadden on the sideline, all doors should be open for Reece on the ground and through the air. 

Great for PPR leagues

Reece has caught 37 passes this season in limited time—11 in the past two weeks. He has produced 146 yards receiving in the past two games.

While he is known more for his hands, Reece has proved to be valuable in the air and on the ground. With his ability to be a dual threat out of the backfield, Reece is perfect for points per reception leagues. 

Last 2 Games

We have finally received the opportunity to see what Reece can do in an enhanced role in the past two weeks. 

He hasn't disappointed.

Reece has rushed for 151 yards on 32 carries and has caught 11 passes for 146 yards. He has produced 297 yards in the past two games alone.

Against an average Bengals defense, expect Reece to get over 100 combined yards on Sunday. 

Statistics prediction

15 carries, 90 yards rushing, six receptions and 60 yards receiving. 

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