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With injury to Andre Brown, David Wilson jumps up RB rankings

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Game-changer.

That’s the best way to summarize what happened to the New York Giants in Foxboro on Thursday night. Andre Brown, expected to be a thorn in the side of David Wilson owners functioning as Tom Coughlin’s primary third-down/goal-line back this year, fractured his left leg against the Pats. Due to the ‘tiny’ nature of the crack, he’s slated to miss only 6-8 weeks, but it’s reason enough to skyrocket his tag-team partner’s fantasy value.

Because of Wilson’s incredible explosiveness (7.4 ypc in preseason play), break-tackle ability and unrivaled workload, it's safe to assume he will greatly exceed previous expectations. He's now in the Maurice Jones-Drew/Stevan Ridley/Matt Forte class of fantasy RBs. And that's a conservative estimate. If the Giants offensive line, which ranked fourth in run-blocking a season ago according to Pro Football Focus, wins most wars in the trenches, Wilson has reasonable odds of transforming into a top-five fantasy monster. Roughly 1,500-1,600 combined yards with 11-13 touchdowns are achievable. Reach for his services in Round 2 of 12-team drafts this Labor Day weekend.

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