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Raiders’ fantasy standouts slipping badly

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By Michael Blunda

For a while this season, it looked like the Raiders were going to boast a plethora of fantasy difference makers. Lately, however, they've had none.

RB Darren McFadden, who was posting tremendous numbers despite missing two games to injury, has appeared to hit a wall over the past two weeks. In his last two games, he has run the ball 18 times for a grand total of 16 yards. While he has done some damage in the receiving game, his last TD came on Oct. 24, so it's not like he has been a scoring threat, either. Owners have reason to be concerned.

TE Zach Miller began 2010 posting solid numbers as well, but a foot injury has crushed his value as of late. Since Oakland's Week Seven destruction of Denver, Miller hasn't even reached 10 yards in a game. Miller recently said that he was playing with a torn plantar fascia, an ailment that likely won't allow him to be at full strength for the remainder of the season.

Given the unpredictability of the Raiders' receiving corps, where players' numbers can fluctuate greatly from one week to the next, and the fact that the team can't decide between QBs Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski, there's not much you can trust from this unit. McFadden is the one guy who still could have serious value, but he had better get turned around quickly. If not, it's going to be too little, too late for owners who barely missed the playoffs.

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