NFL fantasy football: More touches for Darren McFadden

Run, DMC: It’s been a disappointing year so far for Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden. That could change with reports that the Silver and Black plan to use the workhorse back more in Week 6. With the Atlanta Falcons and their 27th-ranked rushing defense on the schedule this week, that’s music to the ears of fantasy owners. McFadden has topped 12 fantasy points just once in 2012 and has been held to single-digits in two of his four contests this season, but this is his chance to once again look like the first-round back that many fantasy owners drafted.

Steelers RBs hurting: Thursday night wasn’t kind to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the injury front. In addition to losing three offensive linemen and two defensive players, running backs Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Isaac Redman (ankle) also limped away from last night’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. While none of them appear to be season-ending, Mendenhall’s appears to be the most serious. We’ll have a better idea of exactly how serious it is in the days to come, but if Mendenhall has to miss any time, it once again makes Pittsburgh’s backfield a free-for-all. That’s not a good thing for fantasy owners. More to come.

Finley, Rodgers lacking “chemistry”: Chemistry — it’s not just for high school seniors anymore! It’s apparently the reason, at least in part, for Jermichael Finley’s frustrating season. The Green Bay Packers tight end says he need quarterback Aaron Rodgers “on my side” if he’s going to be successful. What might also help Finley would be cutting down on the number of drops. Through five games, the former Texas Longhorn is tied for fifth in the league with four dropped passes. That comes after a season that featured a slew of drops. By this point, fantasy owners should have relegated Finley to their bench, but that can change if this quarterback-tight end compound becomes a little more stable.

— Marcas Grant
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