The Oakland Raiders have been busy this offseason. Whether it is discussing a move from Oakland, or picking up veterans Maurice Jones-Drew and Matt Schaub, the Raiders are poised and ready to make a run at the playoffs in the 2014 season.
With two serviceable and dangerous running backs on their roster, many have wondered how the workload will be split between Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden. Both men have been hobbled by injuries in their respective careers, but have shown flashes of brilliance when they are fit and healthy.
According to head coach Dennis Allen, both Jones-Drew and McFadden will get first team touches in training camp and on the field during the regular season. From Rotoworld:
Jones-Drew and McFadden are competing for the title of “starter” and to see who gets their nose in front. But it’s a no-brainer decision for the Raiders to use a two-man committee, as MJD is a declining at 29 years old and McFadden brings outside game-breaking ability despite the holes in his game. “They understand that both of them are going to get an opportunity to play, both of them are going to get touches,” Allen said. We’re not expecting either back to go over 200 touches.
Without either player expecting 200 touches, fantasy football owners beware prior to picking either Jones-Drew or McFadden in your upcoming drafts. At this point in time, there is simply no way to know who is being favored and who is getting goal line touches. For now, it seems as if fantasy owners should stay away.