After a strong performance during the opening drive, Willis McGahee fell quiet for the remainder of Thursday's game against the New York Jets. McGahee's hamstring wasn't an issue as he was able to drag players on a run for first down. But then he finished the game with 12 carries for 18 yards, not looking quite himself.
That was the risk in starting him. Even though he was able to start, McGahee still wasn't going to get all of the carries. Lance Ball and Spencer Larsen each had five carries, Eddie Royal had one run and Jeremiah Johnson, newly signed, wound up with negative yards on three plays. Tim Tebow picked up 68 yards on the ground, but most of that came on the final drive of the game, including a 20-yard touchdown run.
But this performance shouldn't persuade fantasy owners from sitting McGahee. He's been able to be a fantasy producer in both offenses the Broncos have run this season. His 163-yard performance against the Raiders always gives hope that he can be a game-changer.