Shane Vereen figures to be one of the top running backs for the Giants this year, and he will likely play in his usual role as a change-of-pace rusher and work on passing downs. Vereen had a rough campaign in 2016 with the Giants when he was limited to five games because he suffered a torn triceps twice during the year. He finished with 33 carries for 158 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and one touchdown, and 11 catches for 94 yards. Paul Perkins should be the starting running back for the Giants, but they also have Orleans Darkwa and Shaun Draughn on the roster. Of that group, you would expect Perkins and Vereen to lead the team in touches, but we'll see what happens once training camp starts. Go into the season with Vereen as a late-round pick in deeper leagues, with his value slightly higher in PPR.
Vereen rushed six times for 28 yards and caught all three of his targets for 27 yards in Monday night's 24-10 loss to the Lions. Vereen led the Giants in rushing yards, evidencing how poor their ground game was once again Monday. With Paul Perkins ineffective thus far, Vereen could get more handoffs going forward, but his fantasy stock remains rooted in his presence in the passing game. Through two tilts, Vereen boasts 12 receptions for 78 yards.
Vereen had nine catches for 51 yards Sunday night. He did not receive a carry. Given the Giants' lack of a running game or deep threat with Odell Beckham out, and the poor play of the offensive line, dumping the ball off to Vereen was their go-to play for much of the game. That makes him a useful fill-in for PPR, but even PPR backs need some carries to be every week starters.
Vereen is expected to handle most of the Giants' snaps at running back during passing downs this season, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Vereen is listed behind Paul Perkins on the depth chart at running back, but the veteran is rightfully considered the team's top pass-catching option out of the backfield given the success he's enjoyed in that capacity throughout his career. With the Giants sporting the same underwhelming offensive line as last season, coach Ben McAdoo has deployed a quicker-release passing scheme in training camp, emphasizing screens and plays that get the ball out of quarterback Eli Manning's hands as soon as possible. Those designs figure to greatly benefit Vereen, who has topped 50 receptions in his last two full seasons. During his first season with the Giants, Vereen made just five appearances due to injury and has already been sidelined with a lower-leg issue earlier in training camp this summer, but all seems to be sound on the health front at this time. If Vereen can avoid further setbacks during training camp, he should play a significant role in the team's offense in 2017.
Vereen (lower leg) is working off to the side at Thursday's practice, Newsday's Art Stapleton reports. Vereen will miss a third straight practice, but his ability to do some individual work suggests his lower leg injury isn't serious. He's slated for his usual role as the passing-down back, after missing most of last season with a triceps injury.
Vereen didn't practice Wednesday due to "lower leg soreness," Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. What was deemed a "lower-body" injury Tuesday has been clarified as a sore lower leg, but the key here is Vereen taking a seat for a second straight day. On a positive note, he worked on the side with trainers, per James Kratch of NJ.com, so he may be approaching an appearance on the practice field soon. Once healthy, Vereen will be the primary pass catcher out of the Giants backfield.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||7.00|
|5||10/08||Los Angeles Chargers||8||12.00|
|9||11/05||Los Angeles Rams||28||25.00|
|10||11/12||@San Francisco 49ers||18||17.00|
|11||11/19||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.00|
|3 Year Avg||63||270||1||41||345||2||79|