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RB Orleans Darkwa - New York Giants

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Darkwa was solid as a runner and scored for a Giants team that was suddenly competitive and continuing to settle in as a balanced offense after absorbing losses at wide receiver. He'll be a flex play and good depth going forward, including this week against the Washington defense that deflated against the Saints in an emotional loss.

General News (Wed Nov 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice but is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Tue Nov 21): partially participated in Tuesday's practice.

Week 12: at Washington Redskins

All RB vs WAS

FBG says: Tough matchup. The Giants rushing offense has looked much better with Orleans Darkwa at the helm. In their last five games, Darkwa is averaging 16 carries and 74 rushing yards per game. He has a very consistent 70-74 rushing yards in each of his last three games as Darkwa has been fed a solid workload. Wayne Gallman has mixed in for a quarter of the snaps at times, but he is clearly the secondary back to Darkwa now. The Giants offensive line remains banged up as right tackle Justin Pugh and right guard D.J. Fluker are both expected to miss this week's game. The Redskins have given up some big games to good running backs this season, and it happened again last week as they allowed Mark Ingram to run all over them for 134 yards and a touchdown. This marks the third time in the last four weeks that they have allowed an opposing backfield to rush for more than 100 yards, and the second time a backfield has crossed the 150-yard mark. On the season, the Redskins are allowing the eighth most fantasy points per game to running backs as the core of this defense has been decimated by injuries throughout the season. They lost linebackers Trent Murphy and Mason Foster earlier this season, then lost Will Compton to a foot injury a week ago. Tack four injuries to their starting defensive lineman, and it is surprising to see that the Redskins have had any level of success against the run. This week, they get some relief by facing a lower tier Giants offensive line that shouldn't be too big of a challenge. Orleans Darkwa has looked good in recent weeks though, so he should have a chance at some success here. The Redskins have also allowed opposing quarterbacks to run wild on them, but that shouldn't be a concern against Eli Manning this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs LAR 32 16 71 0 2 2 8 0 0 7.9
10 at SF 26 14 70 0 2 2 18 0 0 8.8
11 vs KC 30 20 74 1 4 2 16 0 0 15
12 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 14 * * 2 * * * *
12 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 2 * * * *
12 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 16 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Giants | Orleans Darkwa bottled up (Fri Nov 24, 12:23 AM) - New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa carried 11 times for 30 yards and caught one pass for nine yards in a 20-10 loss to the Washington Redskins Thursday, Nov. 23.

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Giants | Orleans Darkwa remains limited (Tue Nov 21, 05:32 PM) - New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Our View: Keep an eye on this injury situation if you've got Darkwa. He's been limited this week so far, and Darkwa plays in the final game on Thanksgiving.
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Giants | Orleans Darkwa limited Monday (Mon Nov 20, 04:38 PM) - New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (hamstring) was limited in practice Monday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Darkwa has had 70 rushing yards or more each of the last three weeks. The team is on the road against Washington on Thanksgiving, and Darkwa has RB2 or flex appeal for fantasy owners.
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Giants | Orleans Darkwa reaches end zone (Sun Nov 19, 05:45 PM) - New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11. He also caught two passes for 16 yards during the game.

Our View: The Giants were competitive again all of the sudden, making Darkwa a quality RB2 play against the Chiefs. He'll have some flex or emergency RB2 consideration against the reeling Washington team on Thanksgiving night.
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Giants | Orleans Darkwa totals 88 yards (Sun Nov 12, 10:41 PM) - New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa rushed 14 times for 70 yards in the Week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers while tacking on 18 yards on a pair of receptions.

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