Three and out: McFadden a fantasy ‘workhorse’

McFadden to be a “workhorse?”: New Raiders coach Dennis Allen told the San Jose Mercury News that he thinks Darren McFadden can be a workhorse running back in 2012. “Can he run the ball 25, 30 times? Absolutely,” said Allen. … “Does he have the ability to be the lead back? Absolutely and he will be.” That’s great news for McFadden’s fantasy appeal, as is the fact that the team hasn’t added a runner this offseason to replace Michael Bush. But when you consider how brittle McFadden has been — he’s never played a full NFL season — it’s tough to take him before the second round in fantasy drafts. What’s more, owners who draft him must also target Taiwan Jones as a handcuff to feel comfortable with the choice.

Lions to sign Ryan Grant?: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Lions are “very interested” in signing Grant. With Jahvid Best, Mikel Leshoure and Kevin Smith on the roster, adding Grant seems a bit odd — unless, of course, the Lions are expecting Leshoure to be suspended for his off-field issues. Regardless, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that fantasy owners will be hard-pressed to trust any running back in a Lions uniform in 2012. In Green Bay, the projected loss of Grant makes James Starks the favorite to start. Of course, his value is limited to flex-starter status in an offense that didn’t run the ball much last season.

Jets sign Stephen Hill: The No. 43 overall pick in the draft, Hill has signed a four-year deal with the Men in Green. The Georgia Tech product is considered a raw albeit talented prospect, and he’s already expected to start opposite veteran Santonio Holmes. That gives him some seasonal fantasy value, though his prospects in what will be a run-based offense will be limited. In fact, Hill shouldn’t have his name called until the late rounds as a fantasy reserve at best.

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