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McFadden reclaims backfield in return explosion

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By Michael Blunda

If Darren McFadden was playing through an injury Sunday, it certainly didn't look like it.

Saying he wasn't yet at 100 percent following a hamstring injury that sidelined him for two games, McFadden returned with a bang against the Broncos. He ran for 165 yards and three TDs on 16 carries and added 2-31-1 receiving in a ridiculous 59-point effort from the Raiders. It was the type of day that might come around once in a career, so hopefully his owners reinserted him in their lineups.

Considering how dominant McFadden has been when healthy this season, he definitely has reclaimed the top role in the Oakland backfield. He handled most of the carries early in Sunday's contest and would have been even more active if the game wasn't such a blowout. McFadden trails only Vikings RB Adrian Peterson in rushing yards per game (111.4) and is gaining a tremendous 5.5 yards per carry.

Obviously, D-Mac is a must-start moving forward, but figuring out what to do with Michael Bush could be a bit more difficult. Bush had a productive 15-52-1 on Sunday, but he's unlikely to see this much work in closer games. The Raiders would be foolish not to maximize McFadden's touches, so Bush owners should probably only use their guy if absolutely necessary, as his output could fluctuate greatly from week to week.

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