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Rolando McClain | Oakland Raiders | LB

2012 Experience: 3rd Season

IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: Talent can be a blessing and a curse and thus far in Rolando McClain’s career, it’s been a curse. Perhaps it’s spoiling that comes with the money and expectations of being a top ten pick, but McClain just didn’t look right on the field at times, especially in sub package situations.

Then we hear about this gun shot incident back in his home-town area, and it’s no surprise, he could  miss the first half of the year in jail.

McClain did issue an apology this offseason, and has reportedly looked good in camps. Nice to hear, but it’s going to be a long time before I trust this guy as an option to trust as a starter in IDP leagues, at least on draft day.

Unless you’re in deep leagues, stay away from McClain this summer, but he could hold LB3 value when he comes back. Sometimes it takes a wake-up call before a player starts to grow up and take things seriously. Let’s hope McClain is ready to do that now. If he played up to his potential, he would likely be an LB1 talent in the future.

Tackles
Total Solo Sacks FF PD
2012 Projected Stats 90 64 2 1 5
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

For all the expectations Rolando McClain had coming into his rookie season, he played, well, like a rookie as he struggled at times to find himself on the field. Down the stretch McClain started to show us what he was all about as he posted 29 solo tackles in the final five games of the season, all while battling a foot injury.

While I do believe McClain will progress to over 100 tackles this season, I caution that you don’t look to him as a clear cut. No.2 linebacker for tackle heavy leagues. McClain’s success is based mainly on his talent, and that he’s a middle linebacker, and yet he hasn’t gotten it done of the field to be worthy of a top twenty ranking for IDP leagues. I’ve seen a few websites already that have him ranked as if he’s already had a solid year in the pro’s and that just isn’t reality. Look to McClain as an upside No.3 linebacker for your squad and you won’t be burned too bad if he should have another slow start to the season.

Tackles
Total Solo Sacks FF PD
2011 Projected Stats 108 71 2 2 8

2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook

The Raiders finally had themselves what looks to be a solid draft, and they started out by selecting middle linebacker Rolando McClain from Alabama. McClain will be an instant starter for not only the Raiders and for IDP fantasy football owners as well. Some say McClain will be better than IDP stud Patrick Willis in a few years. While I disagree with those thoughts, McClain should be a darn good player and a very solid IDP fantasy option for years to come.

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