Popular Features

  • Davis Mattek analyzes all of the NFL week three preseason action and comes away with 32 actionable fantasy football takeaways for fantasy football players.
    August 26, 2019
    32 Things To Learn For Fantasy Football From Week Three Preseason NFL

    32 Things To Learn For Fantasy Football From Week Three Preseason NFL All of the “serious” preseason football has been played; we aren’t going to see anymore starting players on the field after week three preseason games. The to-the-decimal projections here on RotoExperts have continued to be updated to the meaningful playing time shifts from preseason…

  • FANTASY FOOTBALL WAIVER WIRE premium
    September 9, 2019
    Week 2 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: John Ross, Raheem Mostert And More

    Week 2 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: John Ross, Raheem Mostert And More (Most) of Week One is in the books! Things went rather well for RotoExperts subscribers as Malcolm Brown, Sammy Watkins and Lamar Jackson had amazing days to set themselves up for success for the rest of the year. Of course, fantasy football is never…

  • Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
    September 16, 2019
    Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: DeMarcus Robinson, Benny Snell And More

    Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: DeMarcus Robinson, Benny Snell And More (Most) of Week Two is in the books! In what is the first of many very bizarre weeks of the NFL season, we had two Hall Of Fame quarterbacks leave games early, two top 12 running backs sustain injury and half of the Philadelphia Eagles’ pass catchers…

  • FANTASY FOOTBALL WAIVER WIRE
    August 29, 2019
    My Guys: Top Fantasy Football Targets For Every Draft And Format

    My Guys: Top Fantasy Football Targets For Every Draft And Format Fantasy football draft season has come and is now rapidly running away from us. Labor Day weekend is when a vast majority of the fantasy football drafts take place in the United States but I have already been through the wringer of more than…

  • Ten Bold Fantasy Football Predictions For The 2019 Fantasy Football Season
    August 30, 2019
    Ten Bold Fantasy Football Predictions For The 2019 Fantasy Football Season

    Ten Bold Fantasy Football Predictions For The 2019 Fantasy Football Season Bold predictions are exactly what they sound like: bold. By having defined ideas about how the fantasy football season might go, you can actually make better fantasy teams. If you draft every team with the same vision in your projections as to how the…

  • Fantasy Football Auction Strategy In Action: The RotoWire Pentathlon Experts League
    August 28, 2019
    Fantasy Football Auction Strategy In Action: The Pentathlon Experts League

    Fantasy Football Auction Strategy In Action: The Pentathlon Experts League Fantasy football auctions are pretty drastically different than a standard snake draft. Obviously, instead of drafting players in sequential order, fantasy football managers are given a fake budget (usually $200 “dollars”) in which to complete their starting roster and bench spots. There are many different…

  • Final Countdown: The Biggest Fantasy Football BUSTS Of 2019
    August 23, 2019
    Final Countdown: The Biggest Fantasy Football BUSTS Of 2019

    Final Countdown: The Biggest Fantasy Football BUSTS Of 2019 You have waded through all the articles and research. You read The Perfect Draft for your draft selection, you printed out your customizable cheat sheet using the best projections and rankings in the fantasy football industry and you are ready to absolutely crush your league using the ULTIMATE…

  • LeSean McCoy, Kenny Stills and the Week Zero Waiver Wire Watchlist premium
    September 2, 2019
    LeSean McCoy, Kenny Stills And The Week Zero Waiver Wire Watchlist

    LeSean McCoy, Kenny Stills, and the Week Zero Waiver Wire Watchlist With the regular season three days away, the time has come to start setting our weekly lineups and thinking about our roster in reality and not in the abstract. Most of you likely have multiple drafts under your belt but perhaps have a few…

  • Week Two NFL Fantasy Football Start Sit premium
    September 12, 2019
    Week Two NFL Fantasy Football Start/Sit Advice

    Week Two NFL Fantasy Football Start/Sit Advice Last week was pretty great for RotoExperts fantasy football readers as our preferred QB’s had great games, Damien Williams started strong while David Montgomery and Derris Guice had horrible weeks. We saw some unexpected rookie wide receiver and tight end breakouts where I expected them to be sits so…

  • Week Two Fantasy Football Streamers: QB, K, TE, DST
    September 11, 2019
    Week Two Fantasy Football Streamers: Quarterbacks, Kickers, Tight Ends And DST

    Week Two Fantasy Football Streamers: Quarterbacks, Kickers, And DST All offseason, we told you here at RotoExperts that you could find fantasy football streamers at quarterback, kicker, tight ends and defense/special teams. Of course, the implicit part of that agreement is that we would help you FIND said quarterbacks, kickers, tight ends and defenses. Last…

ADD MARCEL REECE OR TAIWAN JONES?

Scott Engel Managing Director November 6, 2012 11:41AM EDT

Desperation has set in for many owners at running back this week. Darren McFadden has a high ankle sprain, and so does his Fantasy insurance policy, Mike Goodson. That leaves owners who drafted both or acquired them scrambling to the waiver wire for an answer. And there is certainly no clear fill-in. Taiwan Jones is the next in line on the roster, but he is unproven and seems to lack the confidence of the Raiders braintrust. Marcel Reece is well-versed in the Oakland offense, but he is a natural fullback with no real upside.

 

Marcel Reece isn't the ideal pickup. Photo Credit: Raider89

So which one do you add, whether you have to replace McFadden or Goodson or both, or if you just need RB help? Which one do you prioritize on your waiver list or spend more FAAB money on?

The natural inclination to many seems to be Reece after he caught eight passes for 95 yards against Tampa Bay last week. But those numbers do not indicate he is ready for a role as a more frequent ballcarrier. He has only one carry for zero yards this season. Reece is in his fourth year with the Raiders, and has never carried more than seven times in a game. He has 48 carries in his career for 234 yards. That’s an average of 6.2 yards per carry, but he is known more for his blocking and respectable pass-catching skills that he displays occasionally.

Jones is a speed/slasher type who has seen very limited work since being drafted in the fourth round last season. He carried 16 times for 73 yards in his rookie season, and he has only one carry this year. Jones appeared to have a legitimate shot at backing up McFadden when training camp opened, but durability and ball security issues cost him on the depth chart.

Still, the McFadden and Goodson injuries have to give Jones a legitimate shot to regain some respect in Oakland, even if it’s just for one game. He’s not a big running back who can handle a major workload, but he has the niftiness and speed to make some things happen with increased touches. Reece could be used for short-yardage purposes, but Jones is the next pure runner in the pecking order, and should figure to get more of the important rushing touches. Yes, there have been whispers about the coaching staff being concerned with his potential to lose the football or whiff on blocks, but don’t believe everything you read. Someone has to play halfback for the Raiders if Goodson is out too, and Jones simply fits the role better than Reece.

So if you have to use a pick or more of your budget on someone from the Oakland backfield, make it Jones. Neither he nor Reece have much upside, but these are trying times for many in Fantasy Football, and we’re digging deep here. Of course, you could always put away the shovel and make a trade to try to improve your fortunes, especially if you are dealing with the McFadden/Goodson disaster.

 

Popular Features

  • Davis Mattek analyzes all of the NFL week three preseason action and comes away with 32 actionable fantasy football takeaways for fantasy football players.
    August 26, 2019
    32 Things To Learn For Fantasy Football From Week Three Preseason NFL

    32 Things To Learn For Fantasy Football From Week Three Preseason NFL All of the “serious” preseason football has been played; we aren’t going to see anymore starting players on the field after week three preseason games. The to-the-decimal projections here on RotoExperts have continued to be updated to the meaningful playing time shifts from preseason…

  • FANTASY FOOTBALL WAIVER WIRE premium
    September 9, 2019
    Week 2 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: John Ross, Raheem Mostert And More

    Week 2 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: John Ross, Raheem Mostert And More (Most) of Week One is in the books! Things went rather well for RotoExperts subscribers as Malcolm Brown, Sammy Watkins and Lamar Jackson had amazing days to set themselves up for success for the rest of the year. Of course, fantasy football is never…

  • Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
    September 16, 2019
    Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: DeMarcus Robinson, Benny Snell And More

    Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: DeMarcus Robinson, Benny Snell And More (Most) of Week Two is in the books! In what is the first of many very bizarre weeks of the NFL season, we had two Hall Of Fame quarterbacks leave games early, two top 12 running backs sustain injury and half of the Philadelphia Eagles’ pass catchers…

  • FANTASY FOOTBALL WAIVER WIRE
    August 29, 2019
    My Guys: Top Fantasy Football Targets For Every Draft And Format

    My Guys: Top Fantasy Football Targets For Every Draft And Format Fantasy football draft season has come and is now rapidly running away from us. Labor Day weekend is when a vast majority of the fantasy football drafts take place in the United States but I have already been through the wringer of more than…

  • Ten Bold Fantasy Football Predictions For The 2019 Fantasy Football Season
    August 30, 2019
    Ten Bold Fantasy Football Predictions For The 2019 Fantasy Football Season

    Ten Bold Fantasy Football Predictions For The 2019 Fantasy Football Season Bold predictions are exactly what they sound like: bold. By having defined ideas about how the fantasy football season might go, you can actually make better fantasy teams. If you draft every team with the same vision in your projections as to how the…

  • Fantasy Football Auction Strategy In Action: The RotoWire Pentathlon Experts League
    August 28, 2019
    Fantasy Football Auction Strategy In Action: The Pentathlon Experts League

    Fantasy Football Auction Strategy In Action: The Pentathlon Experts League Fantasy football auctions are pretty drastically different than a standard snake draft. Obviously, instead of drafting players in sequential order, fantasy football managers are given a fake budget (usually $200 “dollars”) in which to complete their starting roster and bench spots. There are many different…

  • Final Countdown: The Biggest Fantasy Football BUSTS Of 2019
    August 23, 2019
    Final Countdown: The Biggest Fantasy Football BUSTS Of 2019

    Final Countdown: The Biggest Fantasy Football BUSTS Of 2019 You have waded through all the articles and research. You read The Perfect Draft for your draft selection, you printed out your customizable cheat sheet using the best projections and rankings in the fantasy football industry and you are ready to absolutely crush your league using the ULTIMATE…

  • LeSean McCoy, Kenny Stills and the Week Zero Waiver Wire Watchlist premium
    September 2, 2019
    LeSean McCoy, Kenny Stills And The Week Zero Waiver Wire Watchlist

    LeSean McCoy, Kenny Stills, and the Week Zero Waiver Wire Watchlist With the regular season three days away, the time has come to start setting our weekly lineups and thinking about our roster in reality and not in the abstract. Most of you likely have multiple drafts under your belt but perhaps have a few…

  • Week Two NFL Fantasy Football Start Sit premium
    September 12, 2019
    Week Two NFL Fantasy Football Start/Sit Advice

    Week Two NFL Fantasy Football Start/Sit Advice Last week was pretty great for RotoExperts fantasy football readers as our preferred QB’s had great games, Damien Williams started strong while David Montgomery and Derris Guice had horrible weeks. We saw some unexpected rookie wide receiver and tight end breakouts where I expected them to be sits so…

  • Week Two Fantasy Football Streamers: QB, K, TE, DST
    September 11, 2019
    Week Two Fantasy Football Streamers: Quarterbacks, Kickers, Tight Ends And DST

    Week Two Fantasy Football Streamers: Quarterbacks, Kickers, And DST All offseason, we told you here at RotoExperts that you could find fantasy football streamers at quarterback, kicker, tight ends and defense/special teams. Of course, the implicit part of that agreement is that we would help you FIND said quarterbacks, kickers, tight ends and defenses. Last…