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Darren McFadden: The Oakland Raiders Running Back Is a Must-Start for Week 15

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 12:  Sean Considine #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts to tackle Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders during the game at EverBank Field on December 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Frank FittipaldiCorrespondent IIDecember 16, 2010

Oakland Raiders' running back Darren McFadden is having an outstanding year and that will continue this Sunday at home against the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos rank 31st in the NFL in rush defense giving up over 150 yards per game, and are giving up 23.5 fantasy points to opposing running backs.

McFadden totaled 196 yards and reached the end zone four times against the Broncos in Week 7, 165 of those coming on the ground.

McFadden carried the ball just six times in that game so fantasy owners should look for a lot of big plays from the third-year back from Arkansas.

McFadden has 993 yards on the year with seven rushing touchdowns along with 39 receptions for another 437 yards and three touchdowns. 

McFadden is a threat on the ground and through the air and the Broncos could not stop him in Week 7.

Week 7's matchup was on the road and McFadden had a career game. This Sunday will be in Oakland with the home crowd behind him, so look for McFadden to have another big day.

It will be difficult to matchup his first performance against the Broncos but he is still considered a must-start in all leagues and possibly the start of the week.


Projected Stats: 20 carries, 125 yards, 1 touchdown, 4 receptions, 45 yards


Remaining Schedule:

Indianapolis Colts

@Kansas City Chiefs


Fantasy numbers taken from CBS Sports Fantasy Football

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