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RB Shane Vereen - New York Giants

5-8, 203Born: 3-2-1989College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2

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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 2 3 0 9 8 60 1 0 12.3
9 at TB 27 6 14 0 4 4 29 1 0 10.3
10 vs NE 35 4 14 0 4 2 12 0 0 2.6
12 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * 3 * * * *
12 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 4 * * * *
12 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 10 vs NE (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Shane Vereen had a quiet day on Sunday as he only had a total of 6 touches. Vereen is typically a strong asset in the passing game but managed only 2 catches as the Giants looked elsewhere when attacking the Patriots. Vereen did have a deep shot down the sideline from Manning early in the game which resulted in a pass interference call against Vereen. Manning also misfired early in the game on a short curl route over the middle which fell incomplete also. Vereen gave decent effort when given carries out of the shotgun up the middle and pushed defenders back but he simply got too few touches. The Giants focused on the passing game in critical situations and Vereen lost out on this occasion.

2015 Week 9 vs TB (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 1 rec)

Shane Vereen seems to be emerging as the only startable fantasy running back for the Giants as he scored again in the passing game. Vereen got open on an out route in the endzone and did well to adjust to a low pass from Manning which was placed away from the defender for the score. Vereen was an excellent check down option for Manning in the passing game throughout and prevented the quarterback from taking a few sacks. The Chemistry that exists between the two seems to be growing as they can connected all over the field and on third down. Vereen was able to explode up the middle of the defense thanks to some key blocking up front and was unlucky to be taken down mere yards from the goal line. He is the most versatile back for the Giants but exclusively shines in the passing game out of the backfield, providing relief for Manning as another receiver. Vereen is also solid in the running game, though it's not his strength as a back. Vereen is a risky option in PPR leagues if you are desperate and will rely on a touchdown most likely to be worth the spot in your lineup but he is the best option in the Giants backfield currently.

2015 Week 8 vs NO (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 60 / 1 rec)

Shane Vereen was typically quiet with his rushing attack but strong in the passing game as he scored one of the many touchdowns on Sunday. Vereen was taken down quickly when he got any handoffs at the line of scrimmage as he is more of a shifty player than power back. Vereen was strong out of the backfield and caught many checkdown passes from Manning which helped him escape pressure. Vereen is a veteran back and a strong presence in the passing game. Vereen got open in the redzone near the goal line on a flair pattern to the outside. Vereen ran an excellent route and made his defender guess wrong as he ran away from coverage for the easy score. Vereen was useful on third down and was an easy outlet to Manning when the pocket began to fall apart. The Giants were reasonably successful throwing down the field also in this game which took some of the focus away from Vereen but there'll be many more performances like ahead.

2015 Week 7 vs DAL (4 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Shane Vereen was the Giants leading rusher on Sunday, though his production was mediocre in terms of fantasy. The Giants split the load in the backfield amongst 4 running backs and no single player was able to get a large amount of touches. Vereen was useful as always out of the shotgun, though not much as a receiver in this game as he only had one reception. Vereen got a lot of handoffs inside from the shotgun from Manning and did well from this role. Vereen always maximised his carries and even picking up 3 or 4 yards where there was very little running room from the start. Vereen was patient in the backfield and waited for holes to develop, rather than hitting the hole blindly. Vereen found numerous gaps in the defense this way and was an important factor for the Giants. Vereen had one explosive run on the right side of the field, thanks to some crucial blocking up front. Vereen was given a big hole to race into the secondary and bounced off a tackle which allowed him to explode down the sideline for almost 40 yards. It is tough to start Vereen or any Giants back at the moment however, due to inconsistent production and not knowing who will get the most carries.

2015 Week 6 vs PHI (4 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Shane Vereen was unfortunately very unproductive on the ground for New York. The Philly defensive front penetrated well on his carries and took him down too quickly. The Giants were forced to abandon the run quickly as they fell behind to the Eagles. Vereen was surprisingly not featured once the Giants became pass happy, partly due to the pass rush felt by Manning. Jennings was also utilised well in the passing game which hurt the production of Vereen. Vereen lost out on a lot of playtime as a result to Jennings but Manning struggled to connect with any of his receivers outside of Beckham jr.

2015 Week 5 vs SF (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 86 / 1 rec)

Shane Vereen received only 5 carries on the ground for the Giants but his true value was in the passing game yet again. Vereen did well on the ground averaging almost 5 yards a carry but the Giants relied on Jennings a lot more as a rushing back. Vereen was useful in a number of ways in the passing game. Vereen and Manning displayed great chemistry as Manning knew where Vereen would be and be able to predict his movement to throw the ball in stride. Vereen's touchdown play came in the redzone on a simple out patter in the flat. Manning bought time and allowed Vereen to easily get a lot of separation over the goal line for the score. Vereen had a lot of yards after the catch and did not go down easy when he caught the ball. Vereen had a big 20+ yard pass play in final drive which really helped set up the Giants touchdown. Vereen used his blockers downfield very well with the screen pass, was patient and got as many yards as possible. Vereen provides an athletic and smart aspect to the passing game that the Giants were previously lacking and his role looks solid. Definitely playable in PPR leagues, though a crowded backfield and Beckham jr to deal with will lead to occasional no shows on the stat sheet.

2015 Week 4 vs BUF (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Shane Vereen surprisingly did not catch a single pass on Sunday and only received 5 carries on the ground which lead to a poor line statistically. The Giants leaned heavily on Jennings and Williams on the ground which hurt Vereen production, though he has never known to excel as rushing threat. Eli Manning also focused on driving the ball downfield and did not need to use Vereen as a check down option from the pocket. Vereen's only contribution as a pass catching back came in the first half as he was able to draw a pass interference call over the middle. Vereen had one catch on a play action misdirection play negated by a penalty on his own team unfortunately. Vereen is most productive in PPR leagues but he is a low end option as the Giants simply have too many other options in their offense .

2015 Week 3 vs WAS (6 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Vereen failed to have a follow up performance like his last week against Atlanta. Vereen shared a lot of time with teammates Jennings and Williams which ate into his production. Vereen was present in passing situations also but Manning was more focused on his receivers making plays down the field due to the good pass protection he was getting. Vereen was used out of the shotgun a lot on draws and dive plays to keep drives converting into first downs. Vereen did not get a lot of targets in this game and dropped a curl route pattern from Manning. Vereen was simply not the focal point of the offense for this game and had to share the workload.

2015 Week 2 vs ATL (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 76 / 0 rec)

Shane Vereen had a terrific day for the Giants on Sunday and has found a nice role for himself in the Giants offense. Vereen has become the Giants go to man as a third down passing option out of the backfield and Quarterback Eli Manning looked his direction very often against the Falcons. Vereen caught screens, quick outs and a lot of check down pass attempts which made him very valuable in point per reception leagues. Vereen did a good job bouncing off a tackle attempt by Atlanta in the first half and picking up a key first down. Vereen later made his first defender miss at the line of scrimmage and exploded downfield for a big play with help blocking from his team. Vereen has excellent hands and good awareness of how to get open in the passing game. Manning and Vereen have developed a good relationship in this short season so far and this can only be expected to continue as the Giants will look to pass the ball a lot this year. Vereen was used more traditionally as a rushing back up the middle but was met with mediocre success. Fantasy owners can expect similar production from Vereen as the season progresses but he may disappear in low scoring games and against tough defenses.

2015 Week 1 vs DAL (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

Vereen's debut was solid but his production level was not terrific. He was used in passing situations and key third down plays as was predicted and held up well. Vereen showed ability as a blocker for Manning and as a receiving option out of the backfield as he caught 4 passes. Vereen got his hands on a lot of screen passes from the backfield and followed his blocks well for decent gains. Vereen showed terrific patience late in the game as he followed a handoff to the rightside but noticed more space on the left and cut in that direction to pick up a big first down. Vereen could be used as a low tier running back in a point per reception league but is unlikely to be very productive for the Giants. The Giants lead rushing back will be Jennings unless injury occurs but Vereen is easily the best back to have in for passing situations, which the Giants will have a lot of this season. Vereen could be a good option in the redzone for Manning but there were too few redzone chances in this game to see that happen in this game.


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