Rashad Jennings has plenty of upside with Giants

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What do you think about Rashad Jennings' value moving forward? -- @PatDell73 (via Twitter)

Michael Fabiano: I like this move for Jennings, who figures to enter training camp atop the depth chart for the New York Giants. Despite starting just eight games last season in Oakland, he still ranked among the 25 best running backs based on fantasy points. He also has little wear and tear for a running back who will be 29 when the season starts. Also keep in mind that David Wilson is coming back from spinal fusion surgery and is no lock to be ready to roll in time for training camp. The G-Men also re-signed Peyton Hillis, making it unlikely for Andre Brown's return. As it stands, I like Jennings as a No. 2 running back both in standard and PPR formats.

What are the chances that Darren McFadden stays healthy in what is now a contract year? -- M. Minehan (via Facebook)

M.F.: McFadden was in a contract year last season, and he missed six games with a bum ankle. He's never played more than 13 games in a single season and has missed 19 games since 2011. Is there a chance he stays healthy in 2014? Sure, but it's sort of like Lloyd Christmas' chances of being Mary Swanson's significant other. As much as I like McFadden as a player, there is six seasons of data that backs up one thing ... he can't stay healthy. I wouldn't trust him as more than a borderline No. 3 or 4 fantasy runner in 2014 drafts.

How do you envision the backfield rotation in San Diego playing out next season? -- @josearuiz (via Twitter)

M.F.: I don't believe the addition of Brown will have a major effect on the fantasy value of either Ryan Mathews or Danny Woodhead. Think of him as a younger version of Ronnie Brown, who saw 53 touches as the No. 3 runner in San Diego last season. It's notable that Chargers GM Tom Telesco used to serve as the VP of football operations for the Indianapolis Colts, so there's a tie between the two. Brown, who played well alongside Trent Richardson last season, isn't going to be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues next season.

Toby Gerhart performed well when he started in Minnesota. Where will he be picked in drafts now that he's in Jacksonville? -- @GMandrella (via Twitter)

M.F.: Gerhart has spent the first part of his career in the shadow of Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, but now it appears he'll get a chance to start and make an impact in fantasy land. While he has shown flashes of potential and averaged a ridiculous 7.9 yards per carry last season, Gerhart is still mostly unproven at the NFL level. It should also be noted that the Jaguars have major question marks at the quarterback position and on their offensive line. With that said, Gerhart is still going to be on the flex-starter radar in the late-middle rounds as the new lead back for coach Gus Bradley.

Now that Rashard Mendenhall has retired, in what round would you pick Andre Ellington? -- W. Workman (via Facebook)

M.F.: Of course, Mendenhall's retirement makes Andre Ellington an even bigger sleeper/breakout candidate in fantasy land. A member of my fantasy man crush list for 2014, Ellington's going to see a major increase in work for the Cardinals next season. In fact, coach Bruce Arians said the team wants "to build our offense around" Ellington. That right there is enough to get excited about his prospects for the future. I see him coming off the board as soon as the third round and no later than the fifth in most drafts.

Does the re-signing of Ahmad Bradshaw hurt the value of Trent Richardson? Bradshaw is always hurt! -- K. Kluvey (via Facebook)

M.F.: Bradshaw hasn't been durable in recent seasons, as neck and chronic foot problems have sapped him of much of his playing time and fantasy value. With that said, adding another runner to what could be a crowded backfield doesn't exactly excite me when it comes to Richardson's future value. If you are a Colts fan or owned Richardson in fantasy football, you know just how bad he was last season. He rushed for two yards or fewer on 101 of his 188 carries, and was stopped for a loss or no gain 41 times. Richardson ranked 23rd in carries in the league, 36th in rushing yards and found the end zone a mere three times. And while his offensive line didn't do him any favors, Richardson looked slow and lacked confidence. Is he still the favorite to lead the Colts in backfield touches in 2014? Of course. But if he gets off to a slow start, well, his leash will be short with Bradshaw and Vick Ballard behind him on the depth chart.

What do you think about Mark Ingram in New Orleans with the status of Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas in question? -- @Utu3 (via Twitter)

M.F.: Thomas' status is no longer in question, as the Saints extended him for two more years on Wednesday. That sets him up to be the main option in passing situations for coach Sean Payton, and a real asset for fantasy owners in PPR formats. Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram will both see bigger roles in the offense, with the former ranking as a potential sleeper. Ingram, who has been a disappointment in his three pro seasons, is the least attractive member of this trio. In fact, I still don't see him as more than a late-middle round selection despite a projected increase in carries.

With Knowshon Moreno likely out of the mix, what sort of draft value will Montee Ball have next season? -- @bdell8431 (via Twitter)

M.F.: The sky is the limit for Ball, who would rise to high-end RB2 status if he earns the top spot on the Broncos depth chart. He was impressive in his final eight games of last season, averaging 5.87 yards per carry while adding 18 receptions and four total touchdowns. You also have to consider the Peyton Manning factor. Whether it's been Edgerrin James, Joseph Addai or Moreno, running backs have almost all had success with Manning under center. If things fall into place, I can see Ball coming off the board as soon as the end of the first round.

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Are players like Arian Foster, Doug Martin and Julio Jones worth first-round picks despite being hurt last season? -- @MightyCM_MMA (via Twitter)

M.F.: Not one of those players is worth a first-rounder in 2014. Foster and Martin should be targeted in the second round as high-end No. 2 runners, but there's too much risk to consider them No. 1s. Foster is coming off back surgery and has had a massive workload over the last four years, while Martin is no lock to reclaim his rookie status. I don't think any wide receiver is worth a first-round pick, but I do like Jones in Round 2. Barring setbacks in his return from an injured foot and entering a contract year, I look for him to have a strong season.

What are your thoughts on Terrance Williams now that Miles Austin will be released? -- @Mr_Piv1127 (via Twitter)

M.F.: With new OC Scott Linehan calling the shots, it's hard not to like Williams as a major fantasy sleeper. Despite the fact that he played in fewer than 70 percent of the Cowboys' offensive snaps as a rookie, he still put up 736 yards and five touchdowns. Williams is going to be a popular selection in the middle rounds as a No. 3 fantasy wideout with upside.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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