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Darren McFadden: The Hype or The Reality

THE HYPE

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Darren McFadden is this year’s Adrian Peterson.

 

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The Raiders rushed for the 6th most yards in 2007.

 

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McFadden runs 4.33 in the 40.

 

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Did you see what McFadden did against a stacked LSU defense?

  206 yards and 3 TD.

 

THE REALITY

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1,000-yard rusher, Justin Fargas, signed a three-year, $12 million contract with $6 million of that guaranteed.

  He is currently listed as the starter at running back.

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Michael Bush, who was selected in the fourth-round last year, is completely healed from a broken leg and looked good during minicamp, according to The Contra Costa Times.

  Bush was projected as a first-round pick prior to breaking his leg during his final season at Louisville.

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Running backs coach, Tom Rathman, has been working with McFadden to correct the way he carries the football.

  McFadden had 15 fumbles last year at Arkansas.

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From the New York Daily News, Some scouts wonder about his fumbling (23 in three years) and his relatively skinny legs, which could lead to a durability issue.

  Mike Mayock, a draft analyst for the NFL Network, said, “He goes down way too easily on contact.”

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JaMarcus Russell, complete with 66 career pass attempts, is currently penciled in as the starter at quarterback.

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Lamont Jordan is still on the roster but will probably be cut rather than pay him $4.5 million for next season.

 

With all the hype that will be surrounding McFadden come fantasy draft day, the odds are against him living up to his draft status.

  I’m not saying that I won’t draft McFadden, but he’d have to be my RB3 for me to be comfortable drafting him.

  In fact, my plan is to work the McFadden hype-machine as much as possible in the hopes of getting someone to pull the trigger on him in the second round, preferably before I make my second pick.

In the case of Darren McFadden, I’m going to have to go with

THE REALITY, as I just see too much risk in McFadden.

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