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Run and Catch DMC

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For the second time this season, Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden posted a 51-point day to lead the NFL in fantasy scoring for the week.

McFadden's earlier performance was primarily on the ground with 165 yards rushing and 31 yards receiving while scoring four times. On Sunday, McFadden was more balanced with 123 yards on the ground and 86 yards receiving.

He scored three times against the Jacksonville Jaguars defense, all from a good distance out. McFadden started the game's scoring with a 67-yard touchdown catch and later added touchdown runs of 51 and 36 yards. The result of the bonus points for long touchdowns left runner-up Michael Turner well back despite a solid 112-yard, three-touchdown day against Carolina (33 points).

Tennessee's Chris Johnson was solid on Thursday night and finished the week in third place with 29 points after accumulating 179 total yards from scrimmage and one touchdown.

The most yards rushing in Week 14 was actually turned in by Ryan Torain (172 yards), but he failed to get into the endzone limiting his point total to 21.

With weather effecting many of the battles in the Midwest and northeast (Chicago, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Washington and New York), the scoring was lower than normal. Heading into Sunday night's Philadelphia-Dallas contest, nine teams scored 10 points-or-less. Included among them were such fantasy stalwarts as Kansas City, Green Bay, Cincinnati and the New York Jets.

And as expected, quarterbacks struggled in the snowy, rainy and windy conditions. Just three quarterbacks threw for 300 yards in Week 14 and that included Peyton Manning's 319-yard effort on Thursday night. Tom Brady endured the snow and wind in Chicago to post 369 yards and two scores (25 points) and the other quarterback to get the yardage bonus was Oakland's Jason Campbell, who likely wasn't in anybody's starting lineup.

With quarterbacks stumbling through the week, or in the case of Aaron Rodgers, being injured and leaving the game early, the wideouts couldn't get the job done. Just five receivers cracked the 100-yard mark. Deion Branch and Wes Welker from New England along with Arrelious Benn, Hines Ward and Reggie Wayne all "made the grade."

Hopefully the Sunday night and two Monday night games (New York Giants- Minnesota added to the regularly scheduled Baltimore-Houston contest) will show a bit more offense.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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