Fantasy football: Keep Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden

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What have you done for me lately? It’s the way of the world and the NFL fantasy football is no different. It’s why if you’re like me and you have both Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden on your fantasy football team, you are trying to hold on, but know where this is headed. It’s so bad, my 30 point deficit has fellow league mates crying mercy for me like I’m William Wallace on a concrete slab getting tortured in the scene from “Braveheart.” Still, how can we give up on two of the most talented backs in the league? CJ2K looked great during preseason action, as did Run DMC. They didn’t just all of a sudden become slower or less talented, their falloff can be linked to their offenses as a whole. As NFL Fantasy LIVE’s Jason Smith stated, “I’m giving him one more week.” The only problem is, what do you do if it’s more of the same in Week 3?

If they do struggle, what are the options? You’re not going to get any value for a back perceived as breaking down and far from being worth the risk. Other than DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mark Ingram, there are no other backs hovering around the same points ranking as McFadden and Johnson. And they all just came off good Week 2 performances, so forget about it. Just like me, you’re probably stuck with them.

The good news is, it might not really be their fault. As Elliot Harrison pointed out, both the Raiders’ and Titans’ offensive lines have performed poorly. Guess which two teams are 31st and 32nd in scoring? Yup. Akbar GbajaBiamila called the Raiders offense a “fantasy shame” with good reason. So, if you’re not going to get value for them and their offenses are not providing much hope, what do you do? You stick with them. It’s all you can do. At least they’re not the only ones who struggled this week. Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, Stevan Ridley and Steven Jackson all had their share of disappointing performances on Sunday. The good news is that talent will eventually shine through (I hope), and it’s only been two weeks. At least wait for them to have a decent outing and raise their value before trading them so you can get decent value. Then again, if they do perform well in Week 3, are you really going to trade them? Yeah, welcome to the fantasy married life. Stick with them for better or worse.

-Adrian Mojica
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