Giants running back David Wilson is in line to take on a lot of work in the Giants offense following the injury suffered by teammate Andre Brown. Brown was expected to work third downs and goal-line reps while Wilson did everything else.
While Brown's timetable to return might be best ballparked at 8 weeks (maybe he plays later this year), there is no immediate backup/handcuff for Wilson, a positive for his Fantasy status. Rookie Michael Cox and veteran Da'Rel Scott are physical backs on the roster but neither have experience nor great ability to fully take Brown's role. Cox averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry last year at UMass. It is believed the Giants will consider other options including but not limited to current veteran free agents.
As for Wilson, the prospect of a 275-touch season is very strong. He's shown off his wheels this preseason and didn't fumble on any of his 24 carries. The door is now open for him to work as a three-down back and conceivably cash in at the goal line a couple of times. You're looking at a back worth a late second-round pick in all formats. I like him better than Maurice Jones-Drew.