Mike Goodson a sneaky good pick 

August, 8, 2012
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Most fantasy owners likely disregarded the potentially frightening news that Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson suffered a neck injury in practice Tuesday and was taken by stretcher to the hospital. Of course, we hope that Goodson is OK. He was injured on a head-to-head collision with linebacker Philip Wheeler, and according to recent updates things are looking positive.

This is good news not only for Goodson, but perhaps this will bring to light the reason why he matters in fantasy: The most optimistic among us will eagerly select Raiders running back Darren McFadden in the second round -- he's currently being taken in the third round of ESPN average live drafts -- but the fact is durability isn't even close to a strong point with the fellow known as Run-DMC, and the No. 2 guy in Oakland, health willing, is Goodson.

Mike Goodson
Bob Donnan/US PresswireMike Goodson put up 120 rushing yards against a stout Ravens run defense in Week 11 of 2010; he was injured much of 2011.
A season ago, McFadden was a fantasy superstar after a month, and then he suffered a foot injury and didn't suit up again after Week 7. Even for a guy with a checkered injury past, this was a tough one. Fantasy owners couldn't drop the guy because hey, he's a potential top-5 option and constantly seemed to be on the verge of coming back, but at the same time nobody seemed to know when he would return. Turns out he didn't return at all. I'm not surprised McFadden is healthy today, in early August. He'll probably be healthy in a month, too. The chances that he's healthy in November, however, are problematic. Health is a skill, too.