NFL Fantasy: Tale of two Jennings
By DAN BILICKI, QMI Agency
|Rashad Jennings finally gets to be the Jaguars' No. 1 running back, again, with the injury to Maurice Jones-Drew. (Reuters)
TORONTO - Thanks to an injury to Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings is back in the role that he was supposed to have at the beginning of the season: Feature back.
Jennings was a fast-rising sleeper pick thanks to MJD’s training camp holdout and Jacksonville’s insistence on moving along without the 2011 rushing yards leader.
Well, after Jennings was hurt in Week 1, Jones-Drew took the ball and ran with it, pushing Jennings to the bench.
So, now Jennings will get his time to shine and is the hottest pickup of the week. If he can impress while MoJo is on the sidelines, the fourth-year man could earn back his feature role, or at the least a solid timeshare.
As for Jones-Drew, there’s a possibility that his injury could be a long-term one, so prepare for the worst and hopefully you handcuffed him with Jennings.
n There’s another Jennings out there who is causing fantasy players some grief: Greg Jennings. The Packers’ standout wide receiver is set for surgery next week for a torn abdominal muscle. There is currently no timetable for his return, but the surgery is not season-ending. It also wouldn’t make sense for Green Bay to rush him back, especially with Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb playing so well.
n Trent Richardson likely frustrated fantasy owners who started him last week. The rookie Browns RB had eight carries for eight yards before being pulled last Sunday. Richardson was nursing a rib injury going into the game, but that had little to do with his benching. According to reports, it was his ineffectiveness running the ball that landed him on the sidelines. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen again. If it does, it might be time to put in a claim for Montario Hardesty in deeper leagues.
n Danny Amendola has started catching passes again, but don’t think that he’ll be playing in London come Sunday. The more realistic target for his return is after the Rams’ bye week. If you have the extra roster spot, it might be a good time to stash Sam Bradford’s top target.
n The Lions have lost WR Nate Burleson for the season with a broken leg. That means that draft-day sleeper Titus Young will get the starting role opposite Calvin Johnson and could be a decent play as a bye-week replacement or against a good matchup. It should be noted that Young has been suffering from a knee injury for the past month, but hasn’t missed a game.
n Don’t worry about Shonn Greene playing this week against Miami after seemingly getting his bell rung against the Patriots last week. He left the game, but was able to return for overtime, meaning he must have passed the league-mandated concussion test. He also did not appear on the Jets’ injury report this week.
n The Redskins and Robert Griffin III lost their top target for the season when TE Fred Davis went down with a ruptured Achilles. Davis is the team’s leader in receptions and yards and will certainly be missed. Washington has re-signed Chris Cooley — cut during training camp — to fill the void, but I would stay away from the former star.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Rashad Jennings, RB Jacksonville
Everyone who dropped him earlier this season when he got hurt and lost his starting job probably wishes now that they hadn’t. Jennings is the top dog for the Jaguars again now that Maurice Jones-Drew is out with a foot injury. Every-down backs are hard to come by but be forewarned: Until the Jags get some kind of passing game going, opposition defences will stack the box against Jennings, as the Raiders did last Sunday, limiting him to 44 yards (with a TD) on 21 carries.
DROP OF THE WEEK
Fred Davis, TE, Washington
The Redskins’ leading receiver ruptured his Achilles early in their game againast the Giants on Sunday and has been placed on the IR. He was a nice sleeper pick at TE and could be hard to replace with someone as consistent.
WAIVER D OF THE WEEK
The Dolphins are coming off their bye week and are visiting the usually ineffective Jets. Miami’s defence has been strong recently, giving up only 27 combined points in two wins. It should be noted that the Jets are heading into their bye, when players can sometimes check out.
SIT AND START
Start Andrew Luck, QB, IND at TEN
The rookie gets a good matchup here as the Titans are allowing the fourth most fantasy points.
Sit Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC at GB
He could get 20 or so touches, but the Jags likely will be trailing – and passing – most of the game.
Sit Cam Newton, QB, CAR at CHI
Doesn’t do so well against good defences and this one is great.
Start Alex Green, RB, GB vs. JAC
Had 20 carries last week and the Jags aren’t too good against the run.
Start Reggie Bush, RB, MIA at NYJ
Averaging 6.5 yards per carry in past three games versus Jets.
Start James Jones, WR, GB vs. JAC
He had a team-high 10 targets last week and is always a threat in the red zone.
Sit All the Panthers backs at CHI
DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have no business starting in Chicago.
Sit Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI vs. SF
He was shut down by the Vikes last week and the Niners are much better.
Start Antonio Brown, WR PIT vs. WAS
The Redskins are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing WRs
In his past 30 games, Eagles’ turnover-prone QB Michael Vick has fumbled the ball 30 times.