After being limited to just three touches in the second half of a blowout victory Week 4 at Washington,
Because rookie Andre Williams performed so well in relief of Jennings last week, rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, you may be worried the two will split carries in some form or fashion going forward. While I don't think that's much of a concern -- Williams was already getting 5-10 carries a game and not doing much with them -- I'm not sure it really matters with this matchup. The Falcons have been the magic elixir for running back tandems this season. Not only did the Vikings' Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon both have big games against them last week, the former rushing for 78 yards and three touchdowns and the latter rushing for 135 yards, but the Bengals' Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill both had big games against them in Week 2, the former rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown and the latter rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Jennings among their top six running backs for Week 5, and I agree wholeheartedly. He remains a must-start despite the disappointment of last week.
With the Giants up big early, Andre Williams received more playing time in the second half. Jennings was effective when he had the ball, picking up 55 rushing yards. He also had a chance to catch a touchdown pass, but couldn't handle the ball. Jennings was wide open on the play, and could have walked into the end zone. He dropped the pass from Eli Manning. Jennings had received a lot of work prior to this game, so the low workload may be good for his long term health.
Jennings will take on the Falcons Week 5.
I examined the history of running backs on Thursday night at the Fantasy Football Today blog, with a look ahead at Jennings' matchup. Here is the relevant part:
"[Jennings] has a tougher matchup against Washington, who have held backs to a miniscule 2.7 yards per carry and 5.7 Fantasy points per game. That number is inflated a bit by games against the hapless Jaguars rushing attack and an Eagles' offensive line that has been destroyed by injuries so far. Still, both Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg have Jennings ranked as a top-7 back for Week 3, so he should be worth the gamble, even if the team does try to limit his workload on the short week."
With the short turnaround for Jennings, the team is monitoring him closely, the report said. Williams has received 19 carries in three games, producing just 39 yards (2.1 ypc).
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.
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