Against a team that the Giants have won their past four games against in the Washington Redskins, now is as good a time as ever for Andre Williams, Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen to help out your fantasy team.
Let’s take a look at how the trio of rushers is doing Thursday night:
Jennings is getting things done tonight, but his biggest contributions haven’t been on the offensive side of the ball, as the NFL showed on Twitter:
Jennings has been better as a receiver out of the backfield, as he hasn’t been able to break off some consistently solid runs. The offensive line has been largely responsible for his struggles, but for fantasy owners, there is no solace in that.
He hasn’t been getting many looks in the red zone, either, as handoffs are going to Andre Williams.
This is the second consecutive week in which Jennings has been held down, and at this point, it might be best to explore your other options at your RB2 or flex position.
Early on this season, it seems that Williams is getting a bulk of the carries on third down and near the goal line.
While he isn’t putting up a lot of yards, he has been running effectively in the red zone. Huffington Post Sports showed his touchdown in the first quarter:
If he continues to run like that in short-yardage situations, fantasy owners might want to keep him around as a touchdown poacher. He could prove to be valuable for owners in deeper leagues who are looking for a quick fix at running back.
But like Jennings, Williams has averaged under four yards per carry Thursday, and if the Giants offense doesn’t give the ball to him near the end zone, then the points might dry up.
Entering Thursday night, Vereen was the Giants’ second-leading receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. That shows how much the team misses Victor Cruz (take note, fantasy owners).
The Redskins seemed to key in on that and shut Vereen down in the first half, not allowing him to record a reception on just two targets.
But the way the Giants offensive line is performing, a running back who is capable of catching the ball in the flat is vital— as Eli Manning needs to get the ball out of his hands quickly—so fantasy owners should hold on to Vereen.
It’s difficult, though, for individual rushers in a three-man backfield to yield many fantasy points on a consistent basis. If you have any of these backs, it might be wise to watch the matchup before inserting any of these three into your starting group.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com.
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