Fully recovered from a hamstring injury suffered during Week 4, Darren McFadden seems to be back to his productive ways which he had displayed at the beginning of the season. Healthy enough to again dominate the touches out of the backfield, McFadden scored twice against the Pittsburgh Steelers, finishing with 73 yards on 24 carries.
Although McFadden posted his first game with multiple rush touchdowns since 2011, McFadden did not look as explosive as head coach, Dennis Allen, had pegged him to be earlier in the week. Aside from a 19-yard run in the first quarter, McFadden was quite pedestrian, averaging only 2.3 YPC on his other 23 rushes. However, McFadden came out of the game healthy, suffering no setbacks to his hamstring.
Fantasy owners who were not patient with McFadden earlier in the year will be kicking themselves if they dropped or traded the oft-injured back. While McFadden doesn’t seem like he will ever be the same runner that he was when he was a star for Arkansas, he has been getting a huge workload all season long, keeping him productive. With his 2 score performance on Sunday, McFadden has now scored in 3 of the 5 games which he has been healthy enough to fully play in.
As long as he remains healthy, McFadden should remain a top-tier No. 2 fantasy running back. He has averaged close to 18 carries a game, excluding the two games in which he was injured, and will continue to produce due to the sheer workload he is given. He does have tough matchups in the fantasy playoffs, facing the Jets and Chiefs in Weeks 14 and 15, but you should have no problems getting there with McFadden in your lineup from here on out.