McFadden re-injures ankle: While it was nice for fantasy owners (and Raiders fans) to see Darren McFadden back on the field — and back in the end zone — Thursday night, it probably won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that he didn’t finish the game healthy. McFadden was on the trainer’s table at the end of Oakland’s 26-13 loss to Denver, having his right ankle looked at once again. According to reports, the injury isn’t as serious as the high-ankle sprain that forced McFadden to miss four games, but that remains to be seen. The good news is that Oakland has a week and a half before its next game. Hopefully that gives Run DMC time to prepare to rock the house.
Rice could see more touches: As any Baltimore Ravens fan can attest, it seems like the ball isn’t in Ray Rice’s hands enough. It’s not a new criticism. It’s also something that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron says the team plans to address in December. His explanation would almost make you believe that Cameron had never met Rice before this season or had little idea that the back is Baltimore’s best playmaker. While the next three games on the schedule (at WAS, vs DEN, vs NYG) are against teams that haven’t been kind to fantasy running backs, Ray Rice isn’t a guy fantasy owners will sit simply because of what he can do with the football. The trick is to make sure the Ravens are getting it to him.
Lynch, Rice back to practice: Both Marshawn Lynch and Sidney Rice were full practice participants for the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, which portends well for the team’s game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. Both players were merely mediocre when the two teams met in Week 1. Since then, they’ve gone in opposite directions. Over the course of their eight-game losing streak, Arizona’s defense hasn’t much looked like the dominating unit that helped the team to a 3-0 start. That, combined with Russell Wilson’s recent emergence gives both Rice and Lynch value this week. Consider Rice a flex option while Lynch is a quality RB2 start.
– Marcas Grant
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