(11/24/14) In his second game back from a four-game absence for a knee injury, Giants running back Rashad Jennings topped 100 total yards for just the third time this season thanks in large part to a season-high eight catches. But outside of PPR leagues, his Fantasy owners couldn't help but feel disappointed by the performance. That's because the one time the Giants ran the ball inside the 5-yard line, they gave it to Andre Williams, who promptly scored.
Basically, he stole Jennings' touchdown. That's one way of looking at it, anyway. And given that Williams got 10 carries to Jennings' 19, it probably wasn't a fluke occurrence. The Giants made a point to involve Williams and have always considered him the better power back of the two.
It wasn't so evident in Week 11, when Jennings got 18 carries to Williams' two. But Jennings played 84 percent of the Giants' snaps then compared to 64 percent in Week 12. And he wasn't so clearly the team's primary option until the fourth quarter, when they required a pass catcher after falling behind.
Clearly, Jennings is still a great option in PPR leagues, but in standard formats, this timeshare is some cause for alarm. Fortunately, his matchup Week 13 at Jacksonville should make him worth starting in all formats.
Giants RB Rashad Jennings totals 120 yards in Week 12 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/24/14) Giants running back Rashad Jennings rushed for just 52 yards on 19 carries but caught eight of his 10 targets for 68 yards in his team's 31-28 loss to the Cowboys in Week 12.
Jennings drew the start and out-touched rookie Andre Williams 27-11 but watched his teammate score from three yards out in the second quarter. Despite averaging just 2.7 yards per carry, Williams was able to stay involved by being the second-most targeted receiver on the team. Though Jennings hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 3, his total yardage represented his best performance since rushing for 176 yards in his third game of the year. Jennings is set to face the Jaguars in Week 13.
No setbacks for Giants RB Rashad Jennings on Sunday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/14) Giants running back Rashad Jennings (knee) told reporters he came through Sunday's game against the 49ers without any setbacks, and added that he didn't get rusty "because I'm always moving," according to Newsday on Monday.
Jennings missed the previous four games with knee sprain before rushing for a team-high 59 rushing yards on 18 carries. He also caught four passes for 8 yards in the 16-10 defeat. He has 455 yards on the ground and two touchdowns this season.
Giants lean on Rashad Jennings heavily in return
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/16/14) The Giants gave Rashad Jennings the bulk of the work in Week 11 against the 49ers, with Andre Williams taking a backseat in the 16-10 loss.
Williams touched the ball just three times in the game, as the Giants seemed disinterested in working Jennings back in slowly. He had 18 carries and four receptions in his first game in nearly a month, ending up with 67 all-purpose yards in the loss.
Williams got plenty of work with Jennings out, and showed only that he isn't ready for a bigger role yet. He averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on 50 rushes over four games, so it isn't surprising to see Jennings get a heavy workload as soon as he was ready.
The split might be a bit less extreme in some games, but it looks like Jennings is going to get as much work as he can handle. Of course, the last time the team tried to do that, the oft-injured back ended up sidelined for more than a month. Still, as long as he is healthy, Jennings looks like a solid Fantasy option moving forward.
Giants RB Rashad Jennings rushes for 59 yards in return
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/16/14) Giants running back Rashad Jennings made his return to the lineup Sunday against the 49ers after missing four games due to a knee injury. However, his return could not spark New York to a victory.
Jennings totaled a team-high 59 rushing yards on 18 carries, while adding four catches for 8 yards in the 16-10 loss. The Giants were really hurt by Eli Manning's five interceptions.
The Giants are back in action Week 12 vs. Dallas.
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Rashad Jennings turned a career season with the Raiders into a nice contract and likely starting job with the Giants this year. He signed a four-year, $14 million deal this offseason and should be No. 1 on the depth chart ahead of rookie Andre Williams. Jennings was great last season in relief of Darren McFadden, putting up 163 carries for 733 yards and six touchdowns and 36 catches for 292 yards, all career-highs. More importantly he had six games with double digits in Fantasy points. Jennings should be considered a flex option on Draft Day but there is some concern that Williams will steal enough reps -- including at the goal line -- to keep Jennings' numbers lower than some expect. We also caution that Jennings, 29, has had trouble staying healthy in his career. Late Round 5 should be the earliest anyone drafts Jennings in a standard league, with a slight bump for those in PPR formats.