Giants running back Paul Perkins is a player fantasy owners should get familiar with real soon. The G Men’s rushing attack is the worst in the NFL averaging 68.2 yards per game on the ground. Jennings leads the team in carries so far this season with 64 rushing attempts and is averaging 2.6 yards per carry. In 5 contests, Jennings is averaging just 33.6 yards-per-game. The veteran back missed games 3, 4, and 5 with a thumb injury. There has been slightly more success among the other Giants running backs with Shane Vereen averaged 4.7 ypc before getting injured with Orleans Darkwa 3.7ypc, Bobby Rainey 3.6 ypc and Paul Perkins 3.4ypc.
Jennings looks to have lost a step and looks to barely get what’s blocked at this point. Orleans Darkwa is a complimentary back while Bobby Rainey is better suited to be the passing down back. The learning curve for Perkins was going to be difficult since he missed all of organized teen activities this spring while attending college at UCLA. Coming out of the bye, Perkins split carries with Jennings in their 28-23 win over the Eagles. Perkins out produced Jennings this week and should start to see the workload go in his favor as the season progresses. The time to buy Perkins is now before his full outburst takes place.
There’s no reason the Giants shouldn’t be able to run the ball better with their other offensive weapons. Perkins has more wiggle, burst, and speed than anyone else in the backfield at this point. The problem with many rookie running backs is their struggles in pass protection. Perkins doesn’t seem to be fully trusted in pass protection yet, which will curb some of his playing time. Jennings could take away some short yardage work while Rainey could play a bit on 3rd Downs. The upcoming schedule provides some solid opportunities for the Giants to get the running game in order.
Week 10 Bengals 22nd
Week 11 Bears 14th
Week 12 @Browns 31st
Week 13 @Steelers 13th
Week 14 Cowboys 6th
Week 15 Lions 17th
Week 16 @Eagles 18th
It’s always better be proactive than reactive on waivers. Perkins is worth a waiver claim this week. Owners should expect Perkins to be in their starting lineups as an RB2 or Flex Play sooner rather than later.