Rashad Jennings continuing to push Andre Williams out
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/22/14) The Giants drafted Andre Williams in the fourth round last June with the hopes that he would be able to push newly-signed Rashad Jennings for the starting role as a rookie. After three weeks, however, Jennings' job seems as safe as can be, given how little Williams has done.
Williams put up another subpar performance in Week 3 against the Texans Sunday, and now has just 39 yards on 19 carries, with a long run of just 5 yards. Jennings, on the other hand, ranks third in the NFL with 286 yards, and has doubled Williams' yards-per-carry average behind the same line.
The Giants have responded to the disparity in the duo's performance by adjusting their roles in the offense. Williams has gone from playing 30 percent of the snaps in the opener to 26 and 23 percent in the last two games. Unless Jennings gets hurt, there is little reason to think this pattern will reverse.
Williams is still owned in 49 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, and has little value beyond serving as a handcuff for Jennings, who missed just one game a year ago.
Rashad Jennings has career day in Week 3 win
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/21/14) Giants running back Rashad Jennings put together a career day Sunday against the Texans, leading New York to a 30-17 win Week 3.
Jennings totaled 176 rushing yards on 34 carries -- both career highs. His previous career bests were 150 rushing yards and 23 carries.
Jennings, who had 110 rushing yards through two games, also totaled his second rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run with 1:07 left in the second quarter that put New York ahead 14-0.
His longest carry was 18 yards and he was stopped for no gain or a loss just three times. The Giants are back in action Thursday (Week 4) at Washington.
Rashad Jennings has costly fumble in Week 2 loss
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) Giants running back Rashad Jennings totaled a team-high 64 rushing yards Week 2 against the Cardinals. Unfortunately, it wasn't nearly enough in a 25-14 loss.
In fact, Jennings' biggest play Sunday wasn't even positive. With New York trailing 22-14, the Giants were putting together a pretty good drive in the fourth quarter and were deep in Cardinals' territory when quarterback Eli Manning hit Jennings for a short pass. However, Jennings slipped after a 2-yard gain and coughed up the football as he hit the ground. Arizona recovered the fumble.
Jennings' longest carry went for 13 yards. He had four catches for 45 yards. The Giants are back in action Week 3 against the Texans.
Rashad Jennings scores late-game TD in New York debut
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/8/14) Giants running back Rashad Jennings showed some struggles early on but bounced back with a late touchdown -- his first with his new club -- in a Week 1 loss to the Lions.
Jennings earned the majority of the reps, including in goal line situations. He scored from 1-yard out in the fourth quarter. Because the Giants trailed early, the team relied more on the passing game. As a result, he took only 16 handoffs for 46 yards and a touchdown, averaging 2.9 yards per carry in a 35-14 defeat. He caught four of the five passes thrown his way for 50 yards.
Jennings will look for a bigger workload come Week 2 at home against Arizona.
Rashad Jennings has the chance to be the focal point of New York offense
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/6/14) Giants running back Rashad Jennings never had the chance to produce the kind of numbers to be considered an elite back in Fantasy. He will get his first crack at a full season as the starter come Monday night against the Lions at Ford Field.
532 of his 733 rushing yards last season came as a starter. He also scored five of his six rushing touchdowns in that eight-game span as a starter for the Raiders last season. Jennings is expected to shoulder the load this season, with Andre Williams possibly giving him a break during some goal-line scenarios.
Detroit's front seven could give Jennings a hard time, but because Eli Manning is still learning the new offense, Jennings has the opportunity to be the most valuable asset of the offense. Consider him a decent No. 2 starting option for the opening week of the season.
09/23/2014 13:30 Playing the Waiver Wire for Week 4
Who should be your top waiver wire priority in advance of Week 4? Our Jamey Eisenberg shares his top options by position for owners to consider.
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As bye weeks kick in and teams become desperate for running backs, is now the time to deal off Darren Sproles? Dave Richard says it's not a bad idea but don't expect a lot. Here's the Week 4 Trade Values for Fantasy.
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.