The Week 10 Matchup between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants will feature injury related stories in the backfield on both sides of the football. We've got all the fantasy projections for you courtesy of numberFire.
With Darren McFadden (hamstring) re-injuring himself last week against the Philadelphia Eagles and unable to start in Week 10, the Raiders will hand the ball over to Rashad Jennings in the backfield. Jennings put up impressive numbers against a porous Eagles run defense last week, posting 176 total yards and a touchdown in the game. Though the Giants defense is a little better than that of Eagles, Jennings will no doubt be counted on to carry the load as Marcel Reece is only really a secondary option in the passing game and may pickup a small number of carries.
It's good that the Raiders have depth at the position because it leaves quarterback Terrelle Pryor to take care of the air attack without giving the Giants defense the luxury of focusing solely on the pass. Pryor is a very talented passer but he can be very up and down as he;s shown in his first year as a full-time starter. Luckily the Giants have given up a lot of points this season and have only been able to beat subpar opponents.
New York Giants
For once this season the Giants might actually have a running game in the contest against the Raiders. Andre Brown (broken leg) is ready to come off of injured reserve and play against Oakland and despite the fact he hasn't played since last season, will probably draw the majority of the carries in New York's backfield. He's got a wide frame and he runs hard. Since the team has more speed and flashiness in David Wilson, Brown would normally be counted on in short yardage situations and particularly in the red zone. However, since Wilson is out with a neck injury and his return this season is uncertain, Brown is no doubt the Giants number one rusher going forward.
Brown's return should help out quarterback Eli Manning. Manning has been a regular on fantasy rosters for the last two years, but there's a good chance that he's toiling away on the waiver wire this season. He hasn't been able to find receiver Hakeem Nicks consistently this year and lately he's even having trouble connecting with Victor Cruz, although Cruz is suffering from a neck injury himself now. Those facts may mean that Manning has looked to Rueben Randle in the passing game more often. Randle has been one of the surprises of the fantasy season and is a good depth player worth a roster spot in deeper fantasy leagues.