Raiders are experimenting with RB Darren McFadden on kick returns
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Raiders are experimenting with RB Darren McFadden on kick returns

This seems like something that can only end badly for the player, but alas ...
Raiders running back Darren McFadden @dmcfadden20 put in "a lot of work" returning kickoffs on Monday, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Head coach Dennis Allen said, "Anything is an option" to get McFadden on the field.

Fantasy Analysis:

Allen has even considered using Maurice Jones-Drew @Jones_Drew32 on special teams. Today's scenario, while I consider it ultimately unlikely, seems more realistic because McFadden is clearly faster. My fear is that McFadden won't stay on the field for long if the Raiders open him up to hits from guys who have a 40-yard running start. McFadden certainly doesn't need any extra "help" getting injured; he's been sidelined for various spans during each year of his six-season career.
We might end up with a RB competition in camp between these two, and whoever comes in second will be used at times as a returner. Between McFadden's brittle body and the low tread on MJD's wheels, I'm not looking forward to drafting either player this year. If I had to pick one, it would be Jones-Drew.

Vic Tafur via Twitter

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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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