Oakland Raiders 2013 Fantasy Football Preview

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December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs for a short gain during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Running Back — Darren McFadden (25); Rashad Jennings (28); Latavius Murray (22); Jeremy Stewart (24); Deonte Williams (22)

Fullback — Marcel Reece (27)

Despite inconsistencies, I still think you have to value Darren McFadden highly in most fantasy football leagues. With the status of the Raiders’ QB situation, it wouldn’t surprise me to see McFadden be not only a focal point of the Oakland offense, but their top fantasy performer overall.

He had a really bad, injury riddled 2012 season, so if he can stay healthy (big if), he should be a top 10 fantasy back with 8-12 touchdowns. He’s also a good receiver out of the backfield, and is playing in a contract year. This could be a breakout year for the soon to be 26 year old.

Rashad Jennings is not worth drafting, but if you’re looking for a steal in dynasty leagues, pick up rookie sixth round pick Latavius Murray out of Central Florida. The 6’3″ 230 pound back was a touchdown machine, and showed off incredible athleticism in pre-draft workouts. He should not have been drafted as low as he was. He could be the Raiders’ starting tailback in 2014.

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