The main concern for fantasy owners regarding David Wilson was simply that he would be splitting carries with fellow running back Andre Brown. Perhaps even more importantly, Wilson was believed to be almost a non-factor on short yardage and goal line situations, as those instances seemed to be better suited for the bigger back in Brown.
With the news of Brown going down in what is diagnosed as a small fracture in his leg during the final preseason game vs. the New England Patriots, Wilson will now be ordained to carry a much bigger load than the New York Giants had anticipated. While it may not be the news that the Giants organization or fans wanted to hear, it has David Wilson owners smiling from ear-to-ear.
Wilson has been absolutely tearing it up in the preseason thus far, rushing for 142 yards on just 18 carries, and made it through the preseason without fumbling the football. Despite his great play, he still struggles at times in pass protection, which could force him off the field in some passing situations.
Regardless, Wilson is now a mid-to-low end RB 1 value in fantasy with crazy upside. Now being the lone back, he will easily flirt with 250-plus carries. Combine that with his big-play ability, and you could be looking at a top-10 fantasy running back in the making.
For those who got him in earlier drafts, they now reap the rewards as they probably used a mid third or early fourth round pick to acquire him, and for those who are yet to draft, they will now have to have to give up what will most likely be a late-second or early third-round pick.