Lorenzo Neal Makes Raiders Running Backs Fantasy Football Relevant

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IJune 9, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 21:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the Houston Texans during an NFL game on December 21, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

By Antonino Buccellato

In the past three drafts, the Oakland Raiders have selected potential team fortune changers at key offensive positions—quarterback JaMarcus Russell, tight end Zach Miller, and running back Michael Bush in 2007, running back Darren McFadden in 2008, and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2009—in an attempt of returning their past glory days to the storied franchise.

While the jury is still out on how those players will pan out, and with the majority of fantasy football owners concentrating their search on established players, a May 8 free-agent acquisition by the team went unnoticed by many. The team signed 16-year veteran fullback Lorenzo Neal to a one-year deal.

The 5’11” Neal could very well be the catalyst on this normally anemic Oakland offense that will propel it to uncharted territory. His track record indicates he could at least improve their 10th-ranked rushing offense from 2008, in which Justin Fargas was Oakland's best rusher with 853 yards and one touchdown.

To put that into perspective, it is essential to crunch some past statistics...

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