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.
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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.
Tim Lincecum remains a free agent weeks after his showcase. The 2-time Cy Young award-winner has struggled with an ERA over 4.00 in each of the last 4 seasons. Is the hip problem the main culprit for loss of velocity and command? It’s possible the hip is a major factor, however 1, 643.2 career major league innings on a 170 pound frame could also be a problem.
Lincecum has been linked to the Giants, Angels, and White Sox. Reports claim “The Freak” prefers a starting job on the West Coast. The Giants have a rotation with problems at the back end with Matt Cain and Jake Peavy looking their age. Lincecum could be better than one of both of them at this point. The fact that a reunion hasn’t happened yet is not a good sign to me. The Giants not guaranteeing a spot in the starting rotation could be part of the hold up.
The White Sox released John Danks and picked up Miguel Gonzalez. Carlos Rodon has been inconsistent and Mat Latos has pitched better than expected. The White Sox lead their division by 5 games and offer the best spot to win right now. Would Lincecum’s stuff translate in the Windy City? The Sox launching pad park would be a concern for me.
The Angels on the other hand have just 1 solid starter in Hector Santiago at this point. Injuries have ravaged the Angels with Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards with UCL injuries, Tyler Skaggs rehabbing a UCL injury, and CJ Wilson’s shoulder acting up. Nick Tropeano and Matt Shoemaker have been knocked around and Jered Weaver’s continued velocity drop is just plain sad. The Angels are only 5 games back in the division and could use Lincecum the most.
Lincecum’s decision should be coming sooner rather than later. An incentive laden 1-year prove-it deal is more than likely what would be offered. A GM that offers him a multi-year deal should have his head examined. A minor league assignment is in order before Lincecum can help a Major League club. Lincecum is reaching the S*&^ or get off the pot time.
Fantasy owners have been off the pot for 4 years, but should pay attention to where he signs and how things go. Pitching is so unpredictable it’s not out the realm of possibility that “Big Time Timmy Jim” returns.
The Giants spent $90 million for Jeff Samardzija this offseason. Samardzija was rough last season leading the American League in homers allowed with 29 and all of baseball in runs allowed with 122 and hits allowed with 228. A career 47-61 record and 4.09 ERA is a tough sell for $90 million. Samardzija claims he was tipping his pitches which explains the drop off in production.
As a fantasy owner Samardzija should be far down on my list of prospective pitchers. I actually plan to keep him for $6 bucks in a keeper league. My gut says 2016 will be a career year for Samardzija. Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti is one of the best in the business and should be able to help get “Shark” back on track. The Giants defense is significantly better compared to the White Sox and the ballpark is more pitcher friendly as well. These changes will help balance out his decreasing strikeout rate-increasing fly ball rate. For as bad as Samardzija was in 2015, he walked only 49 batters.
Fantasy Owners should expect Samardzija to be a middle of the rotation starter just as the Giants do. Samardzija will help in strikeouts and maintain a low WHIP. Samardzija has never had a winning season as a starter, but I believe that changes in 2016. The Giants are a well run organization having won 3 out of the last 6 World Series. Trust more in the Giants ability to evaluate talent than Samardzija’s performance last season.