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RB Orleans Darkwa - New York Giants

5-11, 210Born: 2-28-1992College: TulaneDrafted: ---

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17 vs WAS 30 20 154 1 1 0 0 0 0 21.4

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2017 Week 17 vs WAS (20 / 154 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa had one of his best games ever as a Giant in a surprising performance and he was the big reason the Giants were able to come away with the win. Though most of the yards came on one play, he still remained involved in the ground game throughout and deserves a lot of credit for some tough running. Darkwa took a handoff rightside from the shotgun and exploded down the field, thanks to some great blocking up front while making several Redskin players miss their tackle attempts. He worked the middle of the line of scrimmage well for the rest of the game, hitting the hole hard and weaving his way forward for first downs. His offensive line blocked well for him for the most part and deserve credit also. Darkwa was able to fall forward on many of his dive carries and did a great job at finding the weakspot in the Redskins front seven. He was not a part of the passing game as that is not his strongest point but certainly kept the Giants moving on the ground.

2017 Week 15 vs PHI (9 / 7 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa got very few touches in this game as the Giants had to pass a lot in this game. Darkwa has been outproduced by Gallman in the running game in recent times and should not be played in fantasy. His only saving grave is his use as a goal line back. Darkwa did manage to get into the endzone on a goal line carry, the blocking was excellent up front on the play and created an easy path into the endzone. Darkwa was almost never targeted in the passing game however and never got anything going on the ground. He can be dropped in most fantasy leagues as the trend towards Gallman as the lead back will likely continue.

2017 Week 14 vs DAL (10 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa was not the lead back in this game, which is certainly a different move that is likely to continue going forward. Darkwa was easily outproduced by teammate Gallman on the ground and contributed almost nothing to the passing game. He fumbled the ball in the first quarter but was saved by a teammate who was able to secure it. Darkwa managed some productive runs off tackle but a lot of these were due to some impressive blocks up front by NYG. Darkwa has likely been upstaged by Gallman and potentially lost his role as the starting running back. Darkwa has never shown any terrific production or talent so it is time for someone else to take the lead.

2017 Week 13 vs OAK (14 / 32 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa could not get going against the Raiders on the ground at all and really had a low average per carry with almost no contribution to the running game. Darkwa has shown by now that he cannot carry this running game by any means and needs a lot of help to be effective. The Giants offensive line could not keep the Raiders off Darkwa when he got the handoff, meeting him at/near the line of scrimmage often. Darka was routinely tackled quickly and swarmed after his initial cut. He did manage to get into the endzone on a 1 yard carry at the goal line, walking in untouched off the right side but this was easily his biggest contribution. The Raiders were not giving Darkwa an inch and the Giants offensive line could do nothing to change this. Smith and the passing attack was not effective enough to keep the defense honest, allowing a run heavy defensive approach on early downs.

2017 Week 12 vs WAS (11 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa could not get going on Thursday night and found no running room against the Redskins. The defense swarmed him at the line of scrimmage and did not let the Giants offensive line get a push up front. Darkwa was used up the middle primarily but he could rarely find any space after the line of scrimmage. He caught one checkdown pass from Manning but didn't contribute as a receiver apart from this. Darkwa showed nice agility on a delayed handoff inside, weaving his way for as many yards as available but this was his biggest run on the night of only 6 yards. The passing game could not threaten the Redskins and the entire offense was a mess. This lead to a heavy run defense that stifled Darkwa and Manning could not keep the Redskins honest. Darkwa can produce like a #2 RB at times but he will also have very down weeks such at this. He remains a risky play for the rest of the season as this Giants offense is highly unlikely to get better down the stretch.

2017 Week 11 vs KC (20 / 74 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa had a solid day rushing on the ground against the Chiefs, even managing to get into the endzone which does not happen too often for the back. It was a boom or bust day somewhat for Darkwa as a lot of his runs went for first downs or were stuffed near the line of scrimmage. When Darkwa was afforded time to survey the gaps, he exploded through any gaps in the Chiefs front 7. Darkwa ripped off several nice runs, pushing defenders back and picking up every available yard after contact. He had a few dropped passes and catching the ball has never been his forte as a player. The Giants were set up nicely at the 1 after a penalty and Darkwa easily punched his way over the goal line to secure his touchdown. He showed consistent effort on all his runs, excellent vision when breaking into the secondary and complemented the play of his offensive line well.

2017 Week 10 vs SF (14 / 70 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa ran really well for the Giants on sunday and had several explosive runs to keep the defense honest. He had a wide variety of carries throughout the game, owing it to his versatility as a running back. Darkwa showed the power necessary to burst through the hole and carry defenders. He also found big gaps outside on the outside with toss plays and burned the defense with great set up from his offensive line. Darkwa hauled in some passes but he's mostly just a checkdown option for Manning. The Giants did not perform well in the redzone and redzone touches were too few for Darkwa. The offensive line blocked reasonably well for him and he's still clearly the #1 back for this offense. Gallman and Vereen were rotated in as always but they do not get as many touches as Darkwa does in a game. He remains a respectable flex play going forward but expectations should be low as he rarely gets into the endzone.

2017 Week 9 vs LAR (16 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Darkwa had respectable production on the ground against the Rams but wasn't a factor in the redzone. Darkwa also only caught two passes out of the backfield, reducing his value in PPR leagues. Though he is the clear number 1 back for the Giants currently, he has not been producing much for fantasy owners. The Giants struggle to run the ball most weeks and Darkwa rarely gets redzone touches. He was used as a hammer against the Rams and did well as a downfield runner. Darkwa hit the correct hole after taking the handoff and pushed back defenders. He converted a lot of short down-distance situations for the Giants and he is a valuable cog in this offense. The touches/production/redzone touches is lacking however, and this is unlikely to change in the future as the Giants situation does not seem to be improving.

2017 Week 7 vs SEA (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa never got into much of a rhythm offensively with the Giants in this game. The Seahawks front 7 were good at penetrating the Giants o-line up front and rarely gave Darkwa much room to run into. He ran hard and primarily up the middle of the defense, trying to convert any short yard situations that came up. Darkwa was good at pushing the pile when given a few yards of space but never was able to break into the secondary. Manning used Darkwa a bit in the passing game but mostly just to check down passes to. He did not get many carries in the second half as the Giants had to pass the ball a lot to try to keep up with the scoreline. Darkwa was the primary ball carrier in this game but just didn't get enough touches. The Giants were also very rarely in the redzone so goal line touches were few and far between.

2017 Week 6 vs DEN (21 / 117 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa had a very strong performance against the Broncos. He was highly productive on the ground and showed good promise against what is considered a strong run defense. Darkwa was used as a hammer up the middle a lot, showing good burst into the second level when his offensive line blocked well. The offensive line was reshuffled on Sunday and showed signs of improvement in the running game. Darkwa exposed massive holes in the Broncos front several times, being able to rip off a few big runs down the sideline. He was patient, trusted his offensive line up front and made the Broncos pay if they left gaps. The Giants leaned on the running game a lot in this game as they tried to maintain a lead while eating up clock. Gallman complemented Darkwa well and the duo could become a vital cog in this offense moving forward, with Darkwa leading the way as the lead ball carrier.

2017 Week 5 vs LAC (8 / 69 / 1 rush, 4 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa left the game late in the second half against the Chargers with an injury but ran extremely well prior to that. Darkwa got a heavy workload early in the game and punished the Chargers front 7 with big gains up the middle. Darkwa had good vision and got some decent blocks from his line up front at times. Most of his carries were simple dive runs that he was able to turn into good gains as he saw gaps develop. Darkwa had an explosive touchdown run early in the game off rightside. He ran through an arm tackle and nobody was able to catch him at that point. Darkwa's only negative was his hands in the passing game. He let several passes bounce off his hands and should have converted first downs as Manning found him open. He sustained an injury late in the game but his presence in the rushing attack was impressive and more productive than Perkins had been thus far.

2017 Week 3 vs PHI (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Orleans Darkwa had 7 carries but wasn't able to accomplish much in this game. The Giants offensive line gave no push up front and the running game has been extinct in New York for some time at this stage. Darkwa was stuffed for the most part at the line of scrimmage any time he got a hand off. The Eagles were able to break through the line quickly and swarm the ball carrier. Darkwa had a 4th and 1 carry stuffed as soon as he got it in the redzone, though it is clear he is the Giants redzone threat as he receives most of the workload in that region. Darkwa had a nice catch out of the backfield, and another impressive run taken down just shy of the goal line in the second half but ultimately there wasn't enough work to go around for him to be fantasy relevant. This is unlikely to change going forward.

2017 Week 2 vs DET (3 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Rotated frequently with both Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa was unable to establish much. The offensive line consistently lost the battle up front against Detroit's front, which made a habit of tackling Giants runners for no gain or a loss of yards. Darkwa showed good burst on a 10-yard scamper off left tackle early on, but beyond that he was a passenger in a car that was stuck in first gear.


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