Fantasy Injury Update: Darren McFadden Out 2-4 Weeks

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IOctober 5, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(This is what McFadden will be doing for a while.)

After a terrible game against Houston, in which McFadden rushed for negative yardage on seven carries, the bad news keeps coming in Oakland.

In the midst of controversy surrounding their head coach, the Raiders now have to deal with their star running back being injured. McFadden had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, which should cause him to miss at least the next 2-4 weeks, and potentially even more.

McFadden's injury cripples his overall season value, and hinders a once potentially potent Raiders backfield, as they have to face three tough tests in the Giants, Eagles, and Jets, all likely without McFadden.

Because McFadden was the starter, this means possible fantasy success and extra carries for back-up's Justin Fargas and Michael Bush. Bush was the goal-line and short yardage runner in the first two games, but since Fargas returned from injury, has lost most of his carries to the former Oakland starter.

Fargas has solid potential going forward as the likely starter, while it's widely expected the two will split the carries in what appears to be a run-first offense, despite a lack of success recently.

McFadden and co. struggled mightily against the previously 32nd-ranked run defense (Houston), and a poor showing against them leaves much question about their abilities going forward.

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