Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings continued to show up well for fantasy football owners in Week 13, putting up respectable totals against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. He's quickly become one of the most reliable big-time fantasy backs in the NFL, but his strong run will be tested thoroughly in the weeks to come.
Jennings scored 15 fantasy points on Thursday, rushing for 35 yards and two touchdowns and catching one pass for eight yards. His second touchdown came late in the second quarter, putting Oakland up 21-7, as noted by NFL on ESPN:
Cowboys ZERO yards in the 2nd quarter. Rashad Jennings with his 2nd touchdown. Raiders DOMINATING Dallas 21-7.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 28, 2013
It was the third game in a row in which he'd scored double-digit fantasy points and his fourth in five games. Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune provided the numbers for Jennings' four-game run leading up to his big game in Dallas:
Raiders' Rashad Jennings has 553 yards from scrimmage in 4 games. McFadden had had only one four-game stretch better _ 600 in 2011.— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) November 28, 2013
As alluded to by McDonald, Jennings has clearly been an improvement over Darren McFadden this year. It's just as clear at this point that Oakland has moved on from McFadden, who only had three carries in the first half, even though he is finally healthy again.
Unfortunately, Jennings wasn't able to finish the game. He was kneed hard in the head in the second half and appeared to suffer a concussion, as noted by Dave Siebert of Bleacher Report:
Looked like #Raiders Rashad Jennings was kneed in head. Might have been out momentarily. Definite concussion. Best wishes to his recovery.— Dr. Dave Siebert (@DaveMSiebert) November 29, 2013
How many times will Jennings hit double-digit fantasy points against Denver, San Diego and Kansas City?
Even if he's able to return to action next weekend, things get really difficult for Jennings and the Raiders in the final weeks of the season, which could have a negative impact on his fantasy stock.
Oakland's next three games are all against teams that rank in the top half of fantasy defenses against running backs: the New York Jets (No. 2), Kansas City Chiefs (No. 14) and San Diego Chargers (No. 14).
That said, until he stops producing, Jennings remains a must-start running back on your fantasy team.
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