Week Seventeen Analysis:
Coming into last week, Rashad Jennings had scored and/or topped 100 combo yards in six straight outings, while posting averages of 22 touches, 117 combo yards and a touchdown per game. Unfortunately, he managed just 13 touches for 72 scoreless combo yards last week when it mattered most, and Darren McFadden also resurfaced to vulture a short score. Still, Jennings remains the feature back, and despite Denver being a top-10 run defense, the 19 touchdowns they've allowed to the position ranks 30th. Don't let McFadden scare you off—Jennings is a viable RB2.
Week Sixteen Analysis:
Rashad Jennings probably hasn't gotten the fanfare he deserves. He's now scored and/or topped 100 combo yards in six straight outings, while posting averages of 22 touches, 117 combo yards and a touchdown per game. Those are great numbers. On the other side of the ball, San Diego's fantasy run defense has been a disaster in the second half of the season. In their last seven games, they've given up nine rushing scores and an average of 133 combo yards per game. Jennings has proven to have a high floor as the featured back in Oakland, making him a very safe RB2 with RB1 upside this week.
Week Fifteen Analysis:
Rashad Jennings missed last week with a concussion, but he was a full practice participant as early as Wednesday, and all signs point to him resuming his featured role in the Oakland backfield against the Chiefs. In his last five games, he's scored four times and averaged 119 combo yards, so he's certainly a viable option. Although Washington backs did nothing against Kansas City last week, we can't give the Chiefs credit for DC's dumpster fire. After all, they'd allowed six touchdowns to this position in their previous three games, and an average of 190 combo yards in their previous four. Jennings feels like one of the safer backs in this tier.
Week Fourteen Analysis:
A concussion has put Rashad Jennings' availability in question, but there was already a dark cloud looming over this matchup. The Jets' third-ranked run defense has allowed just one touchdown to the position in their last five games, and 90 combo yards is the high-water mark for opposing backs over that span. That's nearly as impressive as Jennings' last five games, in which he's scored four times and averaged 119 combo yards. Jennings has yet to be fully cleared for action, but he's actually Oakland's healthiest back. Assuming he gets the green light, he's earned your consideration despite the bad matchup.
Week Thirteen Analysis:
Darren McFadden is set to return from his hamstring injury, but he's been Wally Pipped. In four games since becoming the featured back, Rashad Jennings has scored twice, while averaging 103 rushing yards on 5.7 yards per carry. He's also averaged 35 receiving yards per contest, so while McFadden will get sprinkled in on Thanksgiving, he'll be picking through Jennings' table scraps. Over the Cowboys' last four games, opposing backfields have AVERAGED 239 combo yards, two touchdowns and 6.1 yards per carry. Star linebacker Sean Lee looks like he'll miss another game, so Jennings projects as a fantasy glutton on Turkey Day.
Week Twelve Analysis:
Rashad Jennings was once a very highly regarded backup in Jacksonville. Then he hurt his knee, blew a starting opportunity, signed on as a backup in Oakland, and was erased from our fantasy radars. Now, it's time to recalibrate said radars. Over the last three weeks, only Alfred Morris has rushed for more than Jennings' 340 yards. What's more, in the four games in which he's received at least 20 touches, Jennings has scored twice, while averaging 96 rushing yards and another 41 receiving yards. While Tennessee is a middling run defense in terms of yardage, they've given up a league-worst 13 rushing scores, and they rank bottom-five against backs in receiving yards.
Week Eleven Analysis:
Rashad Jennings has made the most of his opportunities this season. He's touched the ball exactly 22 times in back-to-back games, resulting in an impressive 283 combo yards and a score on 5.4 yards per carry. He also had a 23-touch, 116-yard outing when Darren McFadden went down earlier this season, so he's clearly a worthy option when given the feature role. Although Houston has allowed just one touchdown to the position in their last four games, they're a neutral yardage matchup. Based on volume, Jennings should continue to compile useful, if not explosive, numbers this week.
Week Five Analysis:
Rashad Jennings was once a 5.4-yard per carry prospect who was stuck behind Maurice Jones-Drew. Then, a knee injury cost him his entire 2011 season, and by the time he finally got his chance, he'd become a 3.0-yard per carry plodder. He's now a Raider, and with both Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece injured, he's the next man up. Last week he carried 15 times for a predictable 45 yards, but added a surprising eight catches for 71 yards. If McFadden and Reece can't go, he's probably in line for another 20-plus touches against a San Diego defense that's yet to allow a score to the position, but is middle-of-the-pack in both rushing and receiving yards.