Rashad Jennings' Fantasy Value Rising After Strong Preseason

August 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs for a gain against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Rashad Jennings closed out a solid preseason Thursday night, and is ready to take over for MJD. We break down the fantasy implications.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew may be taking his holdout all the way into the regular season, but the Jacksonville Jaguars don't seem as stressed about it as people expect them to be. One of the biggest reasons has been the emergence of backup Rashad Jennings, who has already been awarded the starting job in Week 1 after a strong showing in preseason. Jennings had 34 yards in 11 carries for the Jags in the preseason finale Thursday, and ends the preseason with a solid 207 yards and 4.5 yards per carry.

Analysis: Jennings has mostly been serving the same role MJD did last year - chew up yards, keep the pressure off QB Blaine Gabbert - only with less of the explosive playmaking ability. Still, he's proven himself to be a reliable fantasy starter in his own right, and will be a nice handcuff when/if MJD comes back to the team.

For more on the Jaguars, check out Big Cat Country. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 6-10pm Monday through Friday, 4-9pm Saturday and Sunday.

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