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Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week Two: Darren McFadden Could Prove Pivotal

The Oakland Raiders look to improve to 2-0 this Sunday against a Buffalo Bills squad coming off a monster victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills absolutely decimated the Chiefs and the question now is how good exactly the Bills are. They get their second test this week as they face a Raiders team that brings a potent rushing attack. The Raiders might have troubles with the short week and trip east, but the running game should still be productive.

As for the rest of the team? That might be a tough call. The Raiders offense outside of Darren McFadden left plenty to be desired, although nasty weather conditions in Denver might have affected that. Well, the weather and a horrendous number of penalties. However, with Jacoby Ford questionable and the Raiders coming off a short week, the rest of the roster might be questionable at best for fantasy impact.

START

Darren McFadden
numberFire.com Projections: 15.54 FP - 79.79 rushing yards, 0.66 rushing touchdowns, 3.57 receptions, 28.87 receiving yards, 0.12 receiving touchdowns

Analysis: McFadden was a pivotal part of the Raiders offense on Monday Night Football against the Broncos. He rushed for 150 yards averaging 6.8 yards per carry and having his way with the Broncos. The Raiders passing attack remains questionable, which means Oakland will continue to rely on Run DMC. As long as he's healthy he is a must-start.

Sebastian Janikowski
numberFire.com Projections: 7.97 FP - 1.67 FGM, 2.29 XPM

Analysis: The man they call Seabass tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal Monday Night and continues to remain as solid as kicker as there is out there. You get general consistency up close and a powerful leg on deeper kicks. The Raiders aren't afraid to let him kick it from 50+, which means bonus points for you.


SIT

Jacoby Ford
numberFire.com Projections: 3.66 FP - 1.51 receptions, 24.23 receiving yards 0.21 touchdowns

Analysis: While Jacoby Ford is an explosive option most weeks, the Raiders second year receiver is suffering from a hamstring strain, which leaves him likely questionable for Sunday. Given his reliance on speed and athleticism and how a hamstring injury can slow guys down, he is a guy you'll likely sit even if he is active for the game.

Michael Bush
numberFire.com Projections: 3.44 FP - 19.57 rushing yards, 0.15 touchdowns

Analysis: Michael Bush currently is best as a handcuff for Darren McFadden. There will be games Bush will end up with some big numbers as the Raiders roll over other teams. However, McFadden is the number one guy in Oakland as long as he is healthy. If you've got Bush, hang onto him but do not start him for the foreseeable future.

Our weekly Raiders sit/start suggestions are based on a combination of our knowledge as fans and the weekly projections of numberFire.com. Head over to numberFire.com to get a full breakdown of their weekly projections.