Over to DMC. Man, this guy just continues to disappoint. He never got going in 2012, struggling to adapt to Greg Knapp's zone-blocking scheme, and a high ankle sprain robbed him of the last three weeks. He only has TWO touchdowns on the year. Bah humbug, indeed.
Bad timing for Reece owners
If you were smart and handcuffed Marcel Reece to McFadden off the wire, you probably are cursing McFadden for making his return now, of all times, especially if you're in a high-stakes matchup this week.
Reece, much like Michael Bush did last year, has filled in respectably for DMC; In the last three weeks, he's racked up 225 yards rushing (4.7 YPC) on 47 carries. Not to mention the impact he's had in point-per-reception leagues: In the last three weeks (15 catches for 175 yards). He hasn't found paydirt in McFadden's absence, but he's been way more productive than Murray's backup in Dallas.
Reece's strong showing has earned him a role in the offense regardless of whether McFadden is active. Reece will primarily serve as the halfback against the Cleveland Browns, meaning DMC could be more involved in the short passing attack instead.
I see Reece seeing the majority of touches early in this one, but those plans could change based on what DMC does with his limited number of touches - assuming he plays - making this an extremely tough situation to bank on if you own either, or both, of them.
Oakland's contest with the Browns is a late game, too, making McFadden a very risky start. If you're compelled, or forced to do so, DMC is a flex option at best. If I own him, I'm searching for other options.
Between the two, I'd say Murray is the safer option over McFadden. Although he's had more time sitting on the sidelines, Murray has had sufficient time to get healthy and his backup hasn't staked a claim to a role upon his return.
In a perfect world, though, you're not forced to rely on either. Make the playoffs first, then consider relying on them after we have a clearer picture of how they'll be involved.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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