NFL Soup Fantasy Update: Be Weary of Darren McFadden's Return

Wayne MakelaContributor INovember 5, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs against the Denver Broncos on September 27, 2009 during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Oakland running back Darren McFadden is expected to be ready to return in Week 10, especially considering the additional rest he'll get with this week's bye.

McFadden hasn't suited up for the Raiders since Week Four, in which he struggled mightily against the Houston Texans, barely notching positive total yardage.

Many experts are forgetting how average McFadden had been as the starter, and are assuming that Tom Cable will revert right back to the sophomore back Nwithout any hesitation.

We're suggesting to leave the light on and take a second glance.

While Michael Bush and Justin Fargas (or any Raiders, for that matter) haven't dazzled, McFadden hasn't done much of anything to suggest he should even be on your roster right now.

Fantasy Perspective: While McFadden does have a tasty match-up with Kansas City waiting for him in Week 10, history shows us we shouldn't keep following the hype train. it only leads to deeper, darker tunnels.

With zero games with 70+ rushing yards or 100+ total yards, McFadden simply doesn't offer enough consistency to match his increasingly unreachable potential.

If you're desperate, McFadden will always be regarded as one of the more talented backs, so he's not a complete lost cause. However, the Raiders offense as a whole is, so it's hard to argue for adding him on your bench roster, let alone putting him in your starting line-up.

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