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RB Rashad Jennings - New York Giants

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 12): Jennings is pushing Andre Williams back to the bench. It might not be enough for him to have consistent value beyond a PPR flex, but he is not being swept aside as some reports indicated over the summer or even in recent weeks.

Week 6: at Philadelphia Eagles

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 vs ATL 20 9 12 0 2 2 12 0 0 2.4
3 vs WAS 21 11 32 0 3 3 25 0 0 5.7
4 at BUF 29 9 38 0 2 2 54 1 0 15.2
5 vs SF 30 11 46 0 4 4 21 0 0 6.7
6 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 10 * * 2 * * * *
6 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Giants | Rashad Jennings totals 67 yards (Mon Oct 12, 01:12 AM) - New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings ran 11 times for 46 yards in the Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers and he added four receptions for 21 yards on four targets.

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Giants | Rashad Jennings totals 92 yards, TD (Sun Oct 4, 07:42 PM) - New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings ran nine times for a team-high 38 yards in the Week 4 game against the Buffalo Bills, and he added two receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown.

Our View: Jennings is going to be mired in three-way committee, but plays like his long catch and run score and his pass blocking will keep him in the rotation. He's only emergency depth in fantasy leagues at this point.
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