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Fantasy spin: Mike Goodson

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By William Del Pilar

It was only a matter of time before the Panthers moved or waived RB Mike Goodson after they signed FB Mike Tolbert.

A special-teams and role player for the Panthers, Goodson was sent to Oakland in exchange for OT Bruce Campbell. Goodson will help fill the void created by the loss of Michael Bush to the Bears, as the Raiders lacked depth behind Darren McFadden.

Goodson is a dual-threat RB who will be used as a fullback or tailback and will see more playing time in 2012 than in recent years.

A bad hamstring tear sent him to injured reserve last year, and he played in only four games, going 1-4-0 receiving while not attempting a run. He showed his value in 2010, totaling 103-452-3 rushing and 40-310-0 on 57 targets in 16 games. That's a per-game average of 10 utilizations for 47.6 yards from scrimmage and 0.2 TDs. Hardly numbers to impress fantasy owners, but that could change in larger leagues.

Questions coming out of college from durability to social skills dogged Goodson, but most agreed he had the potential to be an effective change-of-pace back. After three years he’s ready to take a greater role as the Raiders have to replace Bush, and Taiwan Jones may not be the answer. Remember, McFadden is an injury-prone player, and at 6-0, 195 pounds, the second-year Jones does not have the experience the Raiders need.

I do expect the team to bring in another back, but in the unlikely event Goodson wins the backup job, he’s the handcuff you target for McFadden. Realize the drop in talent and potential production from an elite back in McFadden to a mere body in Goodson. Goodson has greater value in point-per-reception leagues but is a late-round draft pick at best right now.

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