Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
|RB - #17||78.04||NYG||Active||6 years||29||6'1||228||@RashadJennings|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-15-2014 by Rob Warner
After three seasons in Jacksonville as MJD's handcuff, Jennings signed with the Raiders and posted career highs with 733 rushing yards (4.5 YPC) and six TDs on the ground. He also added 36 receptions for 292 yards. The 29-year-old signed a four-year, $10 million contract and is expected to the be the workhorse runner for the Giants. He's solid in pass-protection and has demonstrated reliable ball security during his four-year career, which should keep him in the starting role. Head coach Tom Coughlin has expressed faith in using Jennings on third downs, which should translate into RB2 numbers for fantasy owners. He is averaging a respectable 4.3 yards per carry for his career (387 carries) and is hearing his name called in Round 7 with an 80.65 ADP.
Editor's note: Jennings has never been the featured back and this is his big opportunity. The Giants are not likely to lean on him too hard and keep Andre Williams and David Wilson in the mix since Jennings has had his own injury issues in the past.
Wilson declared via Twitter Monday that he has been "cleared for everything." Wilson underwent neck surgery following a Week 5 injury last year versus the Eagles. It was originally feared that Wilson's career might be over. That has not proved to be the case, however, and Wilson will now be set to join fellow RB Rashad Jennings in the Giants backfield this season.Fantasy Analysis:
This is encouraging news for David WIlson as a player. However, fantasy owners shouldn't immediately rush out and draft him. The hype went too far on Wilson last year. Before the injury ended his season, he was struggling mightily on the field, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. Now that Rashad Jennings appears to be in the driver's seat for touches, owners should consider Wilson a shaky handcuff until he proves otherwise. Wilson is currently being drafted 48th among fantasy running backs.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/21 - Giants RB David WIlson 'cleared for everything'
7/19 - Giants WR Odell Beckham might be a decoy often this year
7/17 - Giants expect RB David Wilson to be medically cleared and ready to go
6/24 - Giants' GM says RB Rashad Jennings is a 'bell cow type' running back
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