When Raiders HC Dennis Allen was asked if RB Darren McFadden can handle 25 to 30 carries a game, this is how he replied:
"Here’s what I would say–can he run the ball 25, 30 times? Absolutely. But I also think the running back position in this league, I think you have the ability to use different people. Because those runners take such a pounding on a play-in and play-out basis. Does he have the ability to be the lead back? Absolutely and he will be. But we’re going to have to find ways to spell him some, too."
With McFadden it's all about risk tolerance. If he plays 15+ games, he's likely going to finish as a top 5 RB. But he has a long history of injury and with Michael Bush gone, there's no clear handcuff insurance that fantasy owners can purchase on draft day. McFadden will be a make or break fantasy pick in 2012.