Shane Vereen remains a good Fantasy option in PPR leagues, but his value is limited in standard formats heading into this year, especially with the addition of rookie Paul Perkins. In 2015, Vereen's first year with the Giants, he had 61 carries for 260 yards and 59 catches for 495 yards and four touchdowns. His catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns were all career highs, and he will likely remain in the same role as the passing-downs running back for the Giants unless Perkins gets a look in that role. He will share touches with Rashad Jennings and Perkins and possibly Andre Williams, Orleans Darkwa and Bobby Rainey, but Vereen's role should be established. He was second on the team in receptions behind Odell Beckham and third in receiving yards. If he finds a way to be more productive on the ground then his Fantasy value will rise, but he should be a late-round pick in all leagues.
Vereen caught two of five targets for 21 yards and added a three-yard rush in Sunday's loss to the Vikings. Last week's 12-touch game appears to have been an exception, not a rule, as it is the only contest out of the past six in which Vereen has recored double-digit touches. It's been feast or famine all season for the shifty, pass-catching back, with three eight-catch games on the season, but eight games of two or fewer receptions. The Giants close out the season against a deflated Eagles team that is rudderless on defense. Vereen could make an impact if he were to see enough touches - but that's too big of an if to count on.
Vereen carried four times for 29 yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. He also snagged eight of 10 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown. The game flow Sunday played out perfectly for Vereen, as the Giants fell behind big and turned to the pass-catching back to help climb out of the hole. Vereen has flashed at times this season, but his specific role in the offense limits his usage and upside from week to week. The flow of the game will likely dictate his role once again in Week 16 against the Vikings.
Vereen caught one of his two targets for 10 yards and had one carry for no yards Monday night against the Dolphins. The Giants leaned heavily on Rashad Jennings and Vereen didn't see many snaps. Perhaps Vereen will have a bigger role against the Panthers in Week 15 given the likely game-flow.
Vereen rushed four times for 13 yards and caught two of three targets for seven receiving yards Sunday against the Jets. Vereen was never expected to make a big impact rushing the ball, but he hasn't done much as a receiver over the last four weeks either, failing to reach even 30 receiving yards. With the Giants splitting the backfield touches between Vereen, Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa, there's little upside to be seen.
Vereen caught four passes off of five targets for 21 yards in Sunday's loss to Washington. He added two carries for 15 yards. Vereen has now caught at least four passes in three of the Giants' past four games. He has failed to find the end zone for the second consectuive game, however, after scoring three touchdowns during a five-game stretch. The Giants' deep stable of backs makes it difficult for any member to be a legitimate fantasy contributor. Vereen's 40 receptions on the season likely makes him the most reliable of the bunch, particuarly in PPR leagues.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|5||10/10||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|7||10/23||@Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|3 Year Avg||67||286||1||53||456||3||97|