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RB Shane Vereen - New York Giants

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

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General News (Wed Dec 7): is practicing again Wednesday, Dec. 7. Vereen is hoping to be activated in time for the team's Week 14 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said the team may have a package of plays for Vereen if he is ready to play in Week 14. Vereen's status will be determined Saturday, Dec. 10.

Week 14: vs Dallas Cowboys

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Way back in Week One, the Giants hung the only loss of the season on Dallas, 20-19 - Rashad Jennings was the lead back (then as now) with 18/75/0 rushing and two targets for 1/3/0 receiving - Shane Vereen (6/38/0 rushing with five targets for 3/23/0 receiving) was the change of pace back in those early days of the season. He has since spent a stint on IR (triceps injury) - though he started practicing on November 30 he still hasn't been activated (that could happen anytime up to 21 days after the 30th). Two weeks ago Jennings posted 15/55/0 rushing with two targets for 2/4/0 receiving at Cleveland. Paul Perkins (9/29/0 rushing with two targets for 2/14/0) was the mix-in of the week, while Sterling Shepard (1/22/0) added an end-around and Eli Manning kneeled for 2/-2/0 rushing. All told, the Giants had 27/104/0 rushing, an improvement on their season average of 77.5 yards rushing per game (930 yards rushing and five rushing TDs so far this year over 12 games). Then last week, Pittsburgh held the Giants to 14/56/0 rushing - 7/38/0 for Perkins and 6/19/0 (with six targets for 6/34/1 receiving) flowing to Jennings. This looks like a two-headed, poor-performing rushing attack entering Week 14. The Cowboys' rush defense averages just 82.2 yards allowed per game (second in the NFL) with a mere five rushing scores given out to date (also second in the NFL). Last week, Minnesota had 19/87/0 rushing; Washington had 19/56/0 rushing at Dallas two weeks ago. From Week 10 to Week 13 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Dallas averages 16.4 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (15th-least in the NFL). This is a tough matchup for the limping Giants' attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

14 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
14 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 0 * * * *
14 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs WAS (11 / 67 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Shane Vereen had a productive day in a feature role filling in for Rashad Jennings. He had thirteen total touches as eleven came on the ground. It was great to see him being effective in spite of the fact that he is mainly the third down running back for the Giants. Shane had a goal line carry that resulted in a touchdown early in the first quarter. This showed his tremendous versatility as he was trusted in this situation. He ran hard all day as he often made defenders miss and broke tackles as well. His 6.1 yards per carry demonstrates how well he ran the ball in a feature role. The longest carry of the day for Shane was twenty five yards and could have potentially been more. Unfortunately he suffered a triceps injury so his versatility will be on the shelf for a few months.

2016 Week 2 vs NO (14 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Shane Vereen got a lot of the redzone work when the Giants were near the goal line but failed to secure a score. Vereen was a lot more productive than his teammate Jennings however and got slightly more work on Sunday. Jennings was only a handful of yards short on two different occasions to the goal line but unfortunately couldn't punch it in against the Saints. The Saints defense stiffened on the goal line and they didn't allow any push. Vereen worked well in open space and had a nice run on a short toss right from the gun. Vereen also showed excellent quickness on a screen pass as he weaved in between several defenders for the first. He did fumble the ball on an inside handoff however as a defender caught him from behind and jarred the ball loose. Vereen continued to pick up solid gains from the shotgun on delays and inside handoffs up the middle with quickness and sufficient blocking up front.

2016 Week 1 vs DAL (6 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Shane Vereen looked very agile and quick on the field against Dallas. Vereen was used primarily in passing situations as an "H-back" role for Manning. Vereen was excellent at finding space when his quarterback needed an escape, running good routes and knowing when to get open against the defense. Vereen got a lot of work on the ground with inside handoffs from the shotgun. He also ran effectively with draws and delayed runs that took advantage of any aggressive defensive line play. Vereen dropped one pass and had a decent run up the middle negated by a questionable Giants holding penalty but this didn't take away from his solid performance. Vereen ran between the guards often and punished the secondary many times as he enjoyed excellent run blocking up front by the Giants. The Giants offensive line sealed off many lanes throughout the game and got a great push at the snap. Vereen and the Giants elected to pass for most of the plays they were in the redzone as they needed to come away with touchdowns to stay in front of Dallas. The passing attack is clearly their strength but the running game was effective and a pleasant surprise for fantasy/NYG fans.


Latest News

Giants | Shane Vereen may have a role (Wed Dec 7, 02:28 PM) - New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said the team may have a package of plays for RB Shane Vereen (triceps) if he is ready to play in Week 14. Vereen's status will be determined Saturday, Dec. 10.

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Giants | Shane Vereen practicing (Wed Dec 7, 12:40 PM) - New York Giants RB Shane Vereen (triceps) is practicing again Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Our View: Vereen could be back this week for the Giants, but fantasy owners shouldn't be adding him -- even in deep leagues. They are using rookie RB Paul Perkins more, and he'll continue to get worked into action behind starter Rashad Jennings. Vereen would be third on the depth chart at best with only a few touches here and there if/when active.
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Giants | Shane Vereen hopes to play vs Cowboys (Wed Dec 7, 12:49 AM) - New York Giants RB Shane Vereen (triceps) is hoping to be activated in time for the team's Week 14 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Our View: We're not expecting much from Vereen if he does play. The team has been working in more of rookie RB Paul Perkins, and that trend should continue regardless of Vereen's availability.
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Giants | Shane Vereen returns to practice (Wed Nov 30, 12:40 PM) - New York Giants RB Shane Vereen (triceps) returned to practice Wednesday, Nov. 30. The team has 21 days to activate him from the Reserve/Injured list.

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Giants | Shane Vereen's status still unclear (Mon Nov 28, 02:14 PM) - New York Giants RB Shane Vereen (triceps) may be able to return to practice this week, although head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters he is taking a wait-and-see approach before making a decision.

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