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RB Rashad Jennings - New York Giants

6-1, 231Born: 3-26-1985College: LibertyDrafted: Round 7

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Week 12: at Washington Redskins

All RB vs WAS

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Back in Week Three, the New York beat Washington 32-21. During the first clash, the Giants had 31/84/1 rushing as a team, split up among Rashad Jennings (11/32/0 rushing with 3/25/0 receiving), Andre Williams (14/29/1 rushing), and Shane Vereen (6/23/0 rushing). It was the only TD that Williams was to produce so far (63/179/1 rushing with 1/7/0 receiving through 10 games) - in fact, each of the backs above has either one rushing TD or zero rushing TDs this season, though Vereen has added three receiving (45/188/0 rushing with 36/321/3 receiving). And since Week Three, Orleans Darkwa (23/109/1 rushing) has been added to the mix with Jennings (105/403/1 rushing with 19/174/1 receiving to date) and company. This is why fantasy football owners HATE running back by committee, friends. The Washington rush D is ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 136.0 yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores handed out to date. Over the past four weeks (three games), Washington has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing rushers (25.7 per game on average). Carolina had 39/142/0 rushing vs. Washington last week; New Orleans gained 25/158/0 rushing at Washington two games ago. This is a good matchup for the Giants as a team, but their extensive committee of backs makes any one player a roll of the dice for Week 12.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at NO 26 10 54 0 3 2 31 0 0 8.5
9 at TB 23 13 48 0 1 1 -1 0 0 4.7
10 vs NE 24 11 39 0 3 2 12 0 0 4.1
12 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 10 * * 1 * * * *
12 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 1 * * * *
12 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 11 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 10 vs NE (11 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings was not able to produce very much in this game as the Giants struggled to run the ball throughout. The Giants focused more on the passing game also and kept the running game to a minimal to keep the defense honest. Jennings got many carries on mostly dive plays and was simply asked to get as many yards as were available on the ground. Jennings did not find any massive gaps in the defense in this game but did manage to find small holes to punch in a few yards to keep the chains moving when necessary. Jennings was also used as a checkdown receiver when the pressure got to Manning but he wasn't able to convert these catches into any big plays. Jennings got the bulk of the carries as usual but accomplished little in terms of production as the Giants recognised they couldn't rely on the running game to win this game. Jennings has been used in mostly dive plays for the Giants and is not given a wide variety of running plays to work with. Fantasy owners should not play Jennings as the backfield is crowded with Vereen and Darkwa.

2015 Week 9 vs TB (13 / 48 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings had a very typical performance for his standards vs Tampa Bay. Jennings was the leading ball carrier for the Giants with 13 carries but his workload still remains relatively light. Jennings caught only one ball as the Giants kept their eyes downfield in passing situation. The Giants backfield is very hard to predict and they share the workload very evenly, which makes it difficult to start a guy like Jennings. He should not be played for this reason. Jennings is a solid player on the ground however, as we saw again in this game. The Giants gave him the ball up the middle of the defense on delays and dive plays often. Jennings did keep the defense honest and managed to pick up a few first downs with his small but consistent gains. Occasionally the Giants were able to open up a big hole in the middle of the defense and Jennings burst through for as many yards as possible, into the second level. Overall however, he was not given any redzone touches and only one catch meant he was poor even in PPR leagues.

2015 Week 8 vs NO (10 / 54 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings got the lead role in this offense but the Giants did sustain an injury to Orleans Darkwa which somewhat increased the production of Jennings. Jennings was used up the middle primarily on short carries, to keep the chains moving and convert short third downs. Jennings had a few explosive plays up the middle of the defense thanks to some big gaps in the defense. Jennings was also a small factor in the passing game. Jennings caught a short screen pass over middle and got a lot of yards after the catch downfield thanks to some key blocks. Jennings also ran a lot of delayed handoffs from shotgun where he was patient and waited for any blocks to develop. Jennings had a typical production line for his standards which is lacklustre for most fantasy leagues. The Giants were clearly in pass heavy mode as the game situation dictated this which hurt his number of carries.

2015 Week 7 vs DAL (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings had a strong showing early in the game but this quickly faded as he got very few touches after the first quarter. Jennings picked up some nice gains up the middle and found holes in the defensive front to keep the Giants moving early. Jennings showed good vision and patience to choose the correct hole and then explode through it. This was short lived however as teammate Darkwa caught fire in the second quarter and became the lead ball carrier. The Giants then played Vereen for most of the second half and Jennings simply was rarely on the field.

2015 Week 6 vs PHI (13 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings ran the ball very effectively for the Giants on Sunday. Jennings was the primary ball carrier and easily the most productive back for New York. Jennings ran a lot of plays up the middle with delays and inside zones. Jennings was patient and chose the correct hole at the correct moment. The Giants offensive line was successful at opening holes for him at the line of scrimmage and allowing him to "get going". Jennings showed nice power on one carry up the middle, powering over a Philadelphia cornerback and rumbling on for the first down. Jennings did have a poor turnover late in the game as the Giants were driving. Jennings was stripped of the ball while carrying it upright after a catch from the backfield and was unable to recover it. The Giants were forced to reduce his number of carries as the game progressed due to the lopsided score and how behind they were getting unfortunately for Jennings owners. He was effective at times however and may have produced big numbers if the game went a different direction.

2015 Week 5 vs SF (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings was the leading running back again for New York as we've come to expect but still did not put up spectacular fantasy numbers. Jennings was used as the primary ball carrier with a lot of carries up the middle as the Giants tried to keep the chains moving in short down situations. Jennings ran hard and fought at the line of scrimmage to keep the Giants on the field and did a good job converting downs, though often not picking up a lot of yards doing so. Jennings was useful sparingly out of the backfield and when his QB was pressured with a solid pair of hands. Jennings remains the feature back of this team but lost out on goal line carries again and still struggles to produce any significant production despite the Giants scoring 30 points. The Giants offense goes through Manning right now and this is unlikely to change.

2015 Week 4 vs BUF (9 / 38 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 54 / 1 rec)

Rashad Jennings had a relatively big day on the field for his team and would have made fantasy owners pretty happy with his production. The Giants held the lead and were in command for most of this game which allowed them to run the ball a lot, which helped Jennings. Jennings was used up the middle of the defense a lot with his carries and had good success at converting downs into first downs. The Giants offensive line created some holes in the stingy Bills defense and Jennings exploited this when possible. Jennings got several chunk plays up the middle and gave the Giants confidence in him running the ball. Jennings was used in the passing game, mostly as a check down option and managed to convert a simple check down pattern into a big play. Jennings hauled in a pass out of the backfield in the flat and made his first man miss, then stiff armed a Bill defender before racing down the sideline into the endzone for the spectacular touchdown. The Giants backfield remains crowded but Jennings grabbed the spotlight and showed he has the ability as a well rounded back.

2015 Week 3 vs WAS (11 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Jennings will be known more for his blocked punt in this game than his production for fantasy owners. The Giants stayed committed to running the ball as they had a lead for the entire game but Jennings lost out on a lot of carries to teammate Williams and never could establish true rhythm on the ground. Jennings was used out of the shotgun on a lot on draws and dive plays, while also getting his hands on a screen pass. Jennings was used primarily up the middle to pick up short yards and ensure drives were kept alive. The Giants were rarely on the goal line in the redzone in this game and when they were, teammate Williams was the goal line back. Jennings was useful to Manning as a check down option in the passing game at times but his low workload and lack of open running lanes lead to his mediocre fantasy numbers.

2015 Week 2 vs ATL (9 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings failed to make an impact on this game and fantasy owners have a right to be cautious about starting the running back. Jennings had more rushing attempts than Vereen but rushed for fewer yards and had far fewer catches out of the backfield. The Giants struggled to move the football on the ground when Jennings was the lead back, which was mostly in the first half of the game when the defense was freshest. Jennings simply had no room to work with when he got the handoff and the Falcons did a great job stuffing any running lanes. Jennings had a nice first down rushing the ball in the redzone but a penalty against the Giants negated the play. Jennings did manage to convert a short yardage situation on the ground late in the game and he is clearly the Giants main back in short yardage / goal line situations but there was no goal line situations in this game unfortunately for Jennings. Vereen proved to be a much more effective back as the Giants began to pass the ball more and Jennings was unable to get even 10 carries. The Falcons were stingy against the run but fantasy owners should be cautious playing Jennings as Vereen was far more productive and the Giants will likely be passing the ball a lot more often than rushing this season which does not play into Jennings strength.

2015 Week 1 vs DAL (13 / 52 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rashad Jennings was the number one running back for the Giants and easily their most productive back on the night. Jennings had a bit of trouble early in the game as he lost the ball when he went to the ground but caught a break as he was ruled down by contact. The Giants struggled to move the ball on the ground for most of this game however and a lot of his yards came late on big bursts through the Dallas secondary. Jennings may have some lost carries in the first half after his almost-fumble as we saw Andre Williams and Shane Vereen see some carries but this was only temporary. The Giants used Jennings conservatively up the middle and Jennings showed good vision to choose the correct whole, though Dallas did a great job of limiting his free space for the most part. The offensive line didn't open many holes until late in the game. Jennings got a few key blocks up front and ripped off a nice 27 yard run, showing that he still has good speed. Jennings was patient and waited for his blocks to be set up before hitting the hole. Jennings scored the only offensive touchdown on the goal line. The Giants gave it to him on a simple dive play and Jennings just got over the goal line to secure the score. Despite the Giants leading this game for most of it, the running game was not as productive as you would hope for as a fantasy owner. Jennings did get the goal line work however, which should be encouraging for Jennings owners.


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