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RB Shane Vereen - New York Giants

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

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Week 7: at Los Angeles Rams

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Rashad Jennings got back in the mix vs. Baltimore last weekend, but against their tough defensive front he posted just 9/15/0 rushing with four targets for 4/20/0 receiving; his side kicks Bobby Rainey (6/13/0 rushing with three targets for 2/16/0 receiving) and Paul Perkins (2/10/0 rushing with two targets for 2/16/0 receiving) didn't fare much better, either. There isn't much fantasy power to be found here, folks. The extensive committee approach is limiting the upside of any of the players in the running backs' stable. The Rams' defensive front held Detroits' backup and reserve backs to 26/83/0 rushing last weekend, after allowing an astronomical 27/193/1 rushing to the visiting Bills two weeks ago. They have swung wildly in this phase of the game of late - to date, the Rams rank 23rd in the NFL averaging 115.7 yards rushing allowed per game, with five rushing scores handed over so far. From Week Four to Week Six of regular season (the last three weeks), L.A. averages 15.9 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (14th-least in the NFL). This is a neutral matchup between sub-par units. Also note, this game starts at 9:30 AM Eastern due to being held in Twickenham, South-West London.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs WAS 36 11 67 1 5 2 28 0 1 14.5
4 at MIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 at LA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
7 at LA 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.


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