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:
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:
Washington final HB snap count: Chris Thompson 39, Matt Jones 26, Alfred Morris 12
— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) September 25, 2015
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
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
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