JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 12: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders breaks the tackle of Sean Considine #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on December 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
In what will be a weekly occurence, we'll give suggestions on who to start in your fantasy league, and who to sit on the bench. We'll try to avoid stating the obvious, like "start Tom Brady" and dig a little deeper for some less obvious choices. Enough with the introduction, let's get started...
Stud of the Week: Darren McFadden, RB, OAK — McFadden finally seems to be putting it all together. He was one of the most dynamic players in college football when he was a backfield mate of Felix Jones at Arkansas, and came into the NFL with lots of fanfare before disappointing as a rookie. Last year was better, and now he might be the best running back in football through the first three weeks. Last week against the Jets, McFadden rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. He's averaging 131 yards and a touchdown per game on the ground and this week he goes up against a struggling New England defense that let Fred Jackson go off last week.
Dud of the Week: Cam Newton, QB, CAR — Newton surprised everyone in the first two weeks of the season when he topped 400 yards passing in his first two NFL games. Last week against a very average Jacksonville team, Newton looked like a rookie, failing to eclipse 200 yards through the air. This week, he gets the Chicago Bears defense and his numbers should look similar to last week's, if not worse.