With RB Shane Vereen now in the mix for carries in the Giants' backfield, Rashad Jennings (and Andre Williams) is likely facing a pure timeshare/RBBC situation in 2015. Vereen would presumably be called on as the Giants' passing down back, and asked to spell Jennings in an effort to reduce the potential for Jennings to wear down.
Fantasy Impact: Jennings is expected to stay with the Giants for 2015. That said, his playing time/snap count will likely be reduced which will limit his fantasy ceiling.
Giants running back Rashad Jennings carried the ball ten times for 33 yards, and caught three passes for 21 yards on five targets in his team's Week 17 loss to Philadelphia. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Rashad Jennings played pretty well this season as the Giants's lead running back. He totaled 167 carries for 639 yards and four touchdowns, adding 30 receptions for 226 yards. He also missed five games, but should remain the team's lead back in 2015. He posted a 10/33 line in Week 17 and added three receptions for 21 yards.
Rashad Jennings returned to practice on Wednesday. Giants beat writers reported that he looked good. (Source: Jordan Raanan on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jennings is on track to play in the Week 17 finale against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Given the fact that Jennings has battled this ankle injury for the better part of the 2014 season, and the fact that the Week 17 game means nothing, it's a good bet Jennings will be on a time share with Andre Williams. Despite a favorable matchup against the Eagles defense, because of the likely time share, neither Jennings nor Williams will be a great RB2 play in daily fantasy leagues for Week 17.
Giants running back Rashad Jennings has not practiced all week since re-injuring his ankle in Week 15, and he has been officially ruled out for Week 16's contest in St. Louis. Andre Williams will start in his place. (Source: NJ.com)
Fantasy Impact: As expected Jennings will sit out Week 16. There's a very good chance the Giants will shut him down for the season. Scoop up Andre Williams if you're desperate. He's a low end RB2 option, but a decent bet for a touchdown vs. the Rams this week. The Giants host Philadelphia in Week 17, so neither back would be particularly appetizing.
"Giants RB Rashad Jennings missed practice again Thursday. Would be very surprised if he plays Sunday," Graziano commented on twitter Thursday morning. (Source: Dan Graziano on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jennings has yet to practice this week and his chances look slim to suit up against the Rams on Sunday. With the Giants having nothing to play for, they might be more likely to keep him out to protect him. Andre Williams would take over as the lead back as he has done in the past with Jennings out, but he is a flex play at best on the road against the tough Rams D, who are sixth best against opposing running backs.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that running back Rashad Jennings will not practice on Wednesday. He's not looking likely to suit up on Sunday. Andre Williams would start in his place. (Source: Dan Graziano on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: With the exception of his two touchdown game against Jacksonville, Rashad Jennings has had a tough go of it since his original injury in Week Five. Andre Williams will likely start in Week 16, but isn't a top option in St. Louis against their eighth ranked run defense.
Fantasy Impact: Although it's early in the week, it's already not looking good for Jennings in Week 16. Either he has had a full setback or will only be able to play in a limited capacity against the Rams. At this point, should he be able to play, he is not an advisable start -- particularly against a strong Rams defensive line.
Despite Tom Coughlin's comments to the contrary earlier in the week, Dan Graziano reports that Jennings may still have a reduced workload in Week 15 against the Redskins. The sense around the Giants is that Jennings may need a little more time to rest the ankle before he can resume a full workload. (Source: Dan Graziano on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Just what Jennings owners did not want to hear in week two of the fantasy playoffs, after already missing a great matchup last week. While Jennings will certainly get more touches this week, Andre Williams may have more of a pronounced roll than usual. This news combined with a stingy Redskins run defense makes Jennings a low end RB2/Flex option, with a low floor for Week 15. If you have other Flex options you may not want to roll the dice with Jennings given this recent news.
Rashad Jennings is not on the Giants injury report for Week 15. Tom Coughlin has advised that Jennings should see more of a full workload this week. (Source: Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is obviously good news for Jennings owners. Jennings only saw 3 touches last week due to an ankle injury. Jennings projects as a mid-tier RB2 this week based on a tough matchup against a good Redskins run defense. Additionally, Andre Williams' breakout last week against the Titans may, nevertheless, reduce Jennings' touches despite Coughlin's comments to the media today.
Giants running back Rashad Jennings only carried the ball twice and caught one pass in the Giants win in Tennessee.He totaled 22 yards. He was an unnecessary piece for his team in an easy win, and there was no reason to play him any more.
Fantasy Impact: Giants running back Rashad Jennings was nowhere to be seen in the Giants win, touching the ball only three times. He looked pretty good on a 17 yard catch and run, but other than that it was a wash of a day for Jennings. Watch the updates for Jennings's practice participation reports throughout the week. The Giants play vs. Washington in Week 15.
It is speculated, however, that Jennings may not be 100% and, therefore, will be limited and/or sharing carrying duties with Andre Williams. (Source: Chris Mortensen on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Depite the excellent matchup against a horrible Titans rush defense, Jennings only projects as a low-end, high-risk RB2/FLEX play because of snap count uncertainty. If you have other options at RB2/FLEX, you should keep Jennings on your bench.
Jennings (ankle) practiced Friday, but was limited. He is officially listed as questionable for the Week 14 game against the Titans. (Source: Art Stapleton on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jennings has an excellent matchup this weekend against the poor Titans run defense. Unfortunately his status is in question and, even if he does play in Week 14, he may be splitting carries with Andre Williams. Continue to monitor his progress up until game time on Sunday before making a lineup decision.
Giants starting running back and frequent workhorse Rashad Jennings has missed practice again on Thursday. He has not practiced all week since injuring his ankle in the second half last week in Jacksonville, and remains a large question mark for Week 14. (Source: NJ.com)
Fantasy Impact: This is getting more and more serious by the day for Rashad Jennings. The thinking is that if he's not out there on Friday for some form of limited practice, the Giants will be forced to roll with Andre Williams as their starting running back.
Jennings suffered an ankle injury late in the Week 13 loss to the Jaguars. He is not practicing today. (Source: Art Stapleton on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jennings is listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Titans. It is an excellent matchup against a weak defense if Jennings plays. Continue to monitor his status through the week. Andre Williams would likely start in Jennings' place if Jennings is a no-go.
Rashad Jennings had 2 TDs on 91 rushing yards in Week 13 against the Jaguars. He added 3 receptions (for 3 yards). Jennings also injured his ankle late in the game and was unable to come back into the game on the final two Giants' possessions. (Source: Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Be sure to monitor Jennings' health status this week to see if he is able to go in Week 14 against the Titans. He has a history of taking a while to recover from injuries. If he is a go, he projects as a low end RB1 for Week 14.
Giants running back Rashad Jennings rushed 19 times for 52 yards and caught eight passes for 68 yards on Sunday Night Football vs the Cowboys. Jennings looked spry and was second on the team with ten targets.
Fantasy Impact: Rookie Andre Williams vultured a goal line touchdown in the second quarter, but Rashad Jennings still had a great game without finding the end zone. Jennings is a good starting running back option in Week 13 in Jacksonville, and has solid matchups in the fantasy playoffs. He should be continued to be deployed by owners.
Rashad Jennings is not on the Giants' Week 12 injury report, signifying that he did not suffer any setback in his recovery from a MCL sprain in Week 11. (Source: Art Stapleton on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The healthy Jennings projects as a very solid RB2 in both standard and PPR leagues for Week 12 as he will face the somewhat mediocre Cowboys' rush defense. The Cowboys have given up the 6th highest YPC in the NFL this season.
Jennings also added 8 yards on 4 receptions in the Week 11 loss to the 49ers. Although not a particularly impressive game stat wise, Jennings did re-establish himself as the Giants' backfield workhorse.
Fantasy Impact: It was speculated that Jennings would have a limited role in his return to the field after a MCL sprain that sidelined him since week 5. That was not the case. He was the NYG workhorse with 18 rushing attempts compared to only 2 attempts for Andre Williams. Of note, Jennings was not on the field for the Giants' final drive, fueling concern that he may have been hurt; but he did indicate after the game that he came through the game "okay". Keep an eye on Jennings' injury status this week; assuming he is fine, he projects as a solid RB2 next week against the Cowboys.
Coach Tom Coughlin indicated today that while he expects RB Rashad Jennings to play in Week 11 against the 49ers, he doesn't intend for Jennings to carry a full load. (Source: Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Andre Williams should still see a number of carries, despite the fact that Jennings looks like he will be active and starting for the Giants on Sunday. In light of this potentially limited role, Jennings should be viewed as a lower end RB2/Flex play in Week 11, with Andre Williams potentially vulturing some red zone snaps.
Coach Tom Coughlin confirmed that he expects RB Rashad Jennings to be ready to face the 49ers on Sunday. (Source: Dan Hellie on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jennings had been missed by the Giants offense. Andre Williams has been a poor fill-in, averaging just 2.9 YPC. Although the 49ers are the fourth best team against the run (fourth in fewest fantasy points allowed to RBs), they have lost Patrick Willis for the season due to a toe injury. Given the way Jennings was playing prior to the injury, he should be in fantasy lineups this week as a solid RB2.
Rashad Jennings is not traveling to Seattle today with the Giants. Accordingly, he is officially ruled out for Week 10. (Source: Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is no surprise since we had heard all week that Jennings was not going to play in Week 10. He is looking for a Week 11 return when the Giants host the 49ers. Andre Williams will handle lead back duties this week against Seattle.
Rashad Jennings (knee) was limited in practice Thursday. (Source: Giants.com)
Fantasy Impact: Rashad Jennings was limited in practice this morning for the Giants. Although still doubtful for Sunday's game against Seattle, it is still an encouraging sign to see Jennings at practice. Week 11 seems like the most likely target for his return. Upon return, Jennings should be valued as a RB2 option until he proves his knee is fully healthy.
Although Rashad Jennings has been running on his road to recovery from a MCL sprain, it appears more likely that his return will be in Week 11 at home against the 49ers. (Source: Art Stapleton on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Andre Williams will likely continue to handle lead RB duties in Week 10 against Seattle, although Peyton Hillis will also be in the mix taking snaps away from Williams (particularly on passing downs). Williams is a low end RB2/RB3 play this week against a tough Seahawks defense. Jennings will be a low end RB1/RB2 when he, hopefully, returns in Week 11.
Rashad Jennings missed practice today as he continues to recover from a sprained MCL. (Source: nj.com)
Fantasy Impact: Jennings is hoping to get back on the field for the Giants' Week 9 game against the Colts next Monday night. Jennings owners should continue to monitor his progress this week to see if he will, in fact, be ready by Monday. Andre Williams owners, particularly those who own him as a Jennings' handcuff, should continue to hold him in the event Jennings can't go in Week 9.
A MRI taken on Rashad Jennings' left knee on Monday revealed a sprained MCL. Jennings will not need surgery and the knee should heal on its own, but these injuries typically take 3-4 weeks to fully heal. (Source: Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It is likely Jennings will be out through the Giants' Week 8 bye, returning in Week 9 on November 3rd. Andre Williams will likely be called upon to take lead back duties and should be picked up in all leagues as a potential high end RB2 play over the next two weeks, if not more (depending upon how quickly Jennings takes to recover).
Giants starting running back Rashad Jennings left Sunday's game vs the Falcons with a sprained knee. He was seen on the sideline with his left knee wrapped and being iced. He's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. (Source: Pro Football Talk)
Fantasy Impact: Jennings and the Giants seem positive about Monday's MRI. Andre Williams carried the load in Jennings's absence, and is a must own for Jennings owners.
Rashad Jennings was held to 55 yards on 13 carries, and 1 reception for -3 yards, in Week 4 against Washington.
Fantasy Impact: Jennings stats were entirely a product of game situation/circumstance, and the fact he had 34 carries only 4 days ago against Houston, as opposed to any ability of the Redskins to shut him down. Jennings just missed a sure second half TD when he dropped a wide open pass on the Washington-3 yard line (which would have salvaged his fantasy line for the week). Once the game was out of reach, Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis spelled Jennings. Jennings remains a RB1/RB2 heading into Week 5 against the Falcons.
With the Giants' offense finally beginning to click, Rashad Jennings led the way with 176 yards on 34 carries and a TD.
Fantasy Impact: Jennings set a career high in rushing yards in Week 3. As the Giants' offense begins to come together, Jennings' role should continue to be significant. Jennings should be viewed as a high-end RB2 in Week 4 against the Redskins on Thursday night.
Jennings ran for 64 yards on 18 carries and added 45 yards on 4 receptions against the Cardinals in Week 2.
Fantasy Impact: Despite the 109 total yards, Jennings had a critical fumble at the Arizona-14 in the 4th quarter when the Giants were driving to tie or take the lead. While Jennings may be in Tom Coughlin's doghouse due to the fumble, it is unlikely he would lose any playing time since he has been one of the only bright spots on the Giants' offense. Jennings is a solid WR2/Flex play for Week 3 at home against Houston.
In his first game for the Giants, Rashad Jennings had a total of 96 yards and a TD. He had 16 carries for 46 yards, including a 1 yard score, and three receptions for 50 yards.
Fantasy Impact: The Giants fell far behind early in the game, but Jennings was able to get 16 carries compared to only 5 for rookie Andre Williams. He got the goal line carries and was able to plunge from the one yard line. Jennings looks to be the clear workhorse for the Giants and he will be used often with the poor play of Eli Manning.
Giants's lead running back Rashad Jennings rushed for 20 yards on 3 carries in the Giants's final preseason game. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Even behind a shaky offensive line and bad quarterback play, Jennings ran well on limited touches. Regardless of these issues, it looks like Jennings is in for a nice RB2 season with significant upside in PPR leagues.
In addition to his 67 yards on the ground, Jennings also had 1 catch for 7 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Despite another poor showing by the Giants' starting offense (until the last two minutes of the first half), Jennings was one of the few bright spots last evening. Even with a potentially suspect Giants OL, Jennings looks like a solid RB2 - particularly in PPR leagues since he should see a fair number of passes.
Giants starting running back Rashad Jennings is excited about playing in a flexible offense. (Source: NJ.com)
Fantasy Impact: Jennings believes that Manning's ability to audible at the line with help him be successful. He mentioned he was used to seeing 8 or 9 defenders in the box, because his past offenses (Jax, Oak) called obvious run plays. He said, "I was like ‘What?’ Being a bruiser, getting those extra yards, understanding where the soft spots are going to be, that’s who I am." Jennings expects to have a bigger season than last, and should catch a nice amount of passes.
Rashad Jennings had a solid game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Giants 20-16 preseason victory. Jennings burned the Steelers defense for a 73-yard score on the Giants' second possession. He finished the game with five carries for 85 yards and a score. Other than the 73 yard gash, he wasn't able to find much space going four carries for 12 yards.
Fantasy Impact: If Jennings could stay healthy the entire season, he will remain the number one option in New York and has a chance to reach the 1000 yard mark for the first time in his career.
Jennings rushed 7 times for 23 yards against Buffalo in Sunday's Hall of Fame game. However, rookie Andre Williams got the goal line work.
Fantasy Impact: With Wilson now on I.R. for the season, this opens up the passing game for Jennings. He caught 3 passes for 20 yards in limited action on Sunday. If he's not going to get the goal line carries, racking up receptions will help Rashad Jennings live up to his current 5th Round ADP.
With a likely 55/45% touches split between Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, along with Andre Williams getting the call for goal line carries, this is a true RBBC situation that fantasy owners want to avoid this season. Jennings, Vereen, and Williams are RB3 at best.
Jennings is getting up there in age and gets hurt more than I'd like, but he's versatile and on a team that lived in the red zone last season. Andre Williams may vulture some goal line looks and Vereen some receptions, but he should get plenty of work while healthy.