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

Brad Evans
Yahoo! Fantasy Minute


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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