What We Learned: Redskins & Giants Running Backs (Matt Jones, Andre Williams & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were questions facing both the Redskins and Giants rushing attacks heading into Thursday night’s showdown. Did we gain clarity on either situation after New York’s 32-21 victory? Let’s take a look:


Washington Redskins

Rushing Yards
Receiving Yards
Total TD
Matt Jones11383.5000
Alfred Morris6193.2000
Chris Thompson22914.58571

It’s an interesting breakdown and speaks to where Morris may stand on the depth chart. Thompson is the team’s pass catching back, ultimately being targeted 11 times by Kirk Cousins, though he entered the game with just 1 reception on 2 targets so it’s hard to get overly excited. If the Redskins are in the game Thompson isn’t going to play a significant role and can still be ignored in all formats.

As for the Morris/Jones debate, Pro Football Focus’ Nathan Jahnke tweeted:

It’s the second consecutive week that Jones has been the backfield leader (in Week 2 he was simply the better option, though the two split time), but it’s also the second consecutive week that he’s lost a fumble. His explosiveness and potential are there, but if he can’t hold onto the football he’s simply not going to get the opportunities to produce.

At this point we’d continue to be conservative with both backs heading into Week 4, considering them each more of a low-end RB2/FLEX option, at best, until things work themselves out.  Jones is the better player to stash at this point, but we also can’t ignore the risk involved.


New York Giants

Rushing Yards
Receiving Yards
Total TD
Rashad Jennings11322.93250
Andre Williams14292.1001
Shane Vereen6233.8000

It’s interesting to see Vereen posting 0 receptions, despite being targeted 3 times, but obviously that’s more of an aberration than anything. In PPR formats he’s going to remain the best play of this group.

As for the running downs? That continues to be a disaster for the Giants as both Jennings and Williams failed to impress, while also splitting carries. It’s been the same story all season long:

  • Jennings – 33 carries for 96 yards (2.9 YPC) and 1 TD
  • Williams – 26 carries for 86 yards (3.3 YPC) and 1 TD

With Vereen also getting an opportunity to run the football, this situation is a black hole. Unless someone truly steps up we’d be avoiding it completely on a weekly basis.

Sources – ESPN, Pro Football Focus

Make sure to check out all of our 2015 rankings:

Deep League Running Back Sleepers: Week 3
Hold 'Em or Fold 'Em: Has Justin Forsett Lost "Must Start" Status?


  1. Stephen says:

    Didn’t start Jones, thanks for helping me control the reins. Still stuck in a pickle here, between Hill, Latavius, Joseph Randle, or Melvin Gordon…any advice on 3 out of the 4? Mostly generous looking match ups

  2. Howard says:

    Trying to decide on a PPR flex to go with Demaryius, Amari Cooper, Latavius M and Forsett..
    Steve Smith (high volume, not a great matchup) or TJ Yeldon (high volume, not a bad matchup).

  3. K says:

    Working out a potential trade to someone that’s in need of RBs (which I have a surplus of). I could use a bye week fill-in WR and insurance for Bradford, so I’m targeting Matt Ryan and Golden Tate, in exchange for 2 of Freeman, Spiller, Matt Jones, Watkins.

    Right now I’m leaning Freeman/Jones for Ryan/Tate, what do you think?

    If they balk at that trade, I could shoot for Brandon Coleman instead of Tate…Freeman/Jones for Ryan/Coleman.

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