Raiders RB Darren McFadden ruled out, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey might join him
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Raiders RB Darren McFadden ruled out, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey might join him

For the second week in a row, the Raiders will be without running backs Darren McFadden @dmcfadden20 and Mike Goodson @GoodNplenty33. But now the injury bug is biting their receiving corps. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey @theDHB85 is a game-time decision because of a hamstring injury. Heyward-Bey reportedly "tweaked" his hamstring during Wednesday practice, leading to his absence on Thursday and Friday. If Heyward-Bey can't play, Rod Streater @rodstreater80 and Derek Hagan @dhagan80 will be called upon to pick up the slack.

Fantasy Analysis:

Of course, McFadden and Goodson have a high ankle sprain and never had a shot at playing this week despite reports earlier in the week to the contrary. Marcel Reece @CelReece45 should handle the ball another 20 times and is a nice RB2 option in all formats against the Saints.
A mid-week hamstring strain is never a good thing for a speedy wide receiver, to put it lightly. Remember when Jordy Nelson had a hamstring tighten up on him during a Wednesday practice a couple of weeks ago? He missed the Packers' next game, and it is expected among Raiders scribes that DHB will follow a similar course. This is a late kickoff, so play it safe and get him out of your lineup. This game should still be a shootout, so if Heyward-Bey is sidelined, Streater is worth a shot in the dark in very deep leagues.

Source:
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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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