Fantasy Football: Making Sense of New York Giants' Backfield

By Matthew Wood

At the start of the season, the New York Giants’ running game was supposed to be one of the most stable fantasy situations in the league. It was David Wilson’s backfield and everybody else was just watching.

Well, so much for that. Wilson caught another case of fumblitis, and couldn’t blocked either. And after putting up only 146 yards in the first five games, it looked like he just plainly wasn’t very good. Now out with a sore neck, Wilson is expected to be placed on injured reserve by the end of the week. So, where do we go from here?

There are three viable options, both for the short term and long term: Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs.

If you’re thinking big-picture, Brown is most likely the guy to target. He plans to make his season debut this week after a leg injury put him on the short-term IR to start the season. It’s easy to see him pick up where he left off last season when he put up 385 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games, but it’s probably going to take him a week or two to get his legs under him and into game shape.

In the short term, it looks like Hillis is the man for at least the next week or so. He had just 106 yards on 38 carries (2.8 yards per carry average) in the two games before the bye, but the Giants won both of those games. Believe it or not, the G-Men are still in the division race even after a horrific 0-5 start. Hillis did average 40 receiving yards over those two weeks and does have some upside.

As for Jacobs, well, he was out of the league to start the year and probably won’t be much of a factor unless the injury bug bites the other two guys hard. But hey, you never know.

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