It’s easy to focus on quarterback Eli Manning’s league-high 27 interceptions as the primary reason for the New York Giants’ struggles in 2013, but an anemic running game (83.3 yards per game, 29th in the league) did not help things. David Wilson struggled early, with just 130 rushing yards in the first four games of the season, then went down with a severe neck injury in Week 5 and that opened the door for Brandon Jacobs, Peyton Hillis and eventually Andre Brown to take over as the Giants’ top running back.
Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese has acknowledged that Wilson may not play next season, but he is reportedly making good progress in his recovery from surgery to fix a herniated disc in his neck and has already started to lift weights. Even with some good news regarding his progress, how should fantasy football owners view the former first-round pick going forward?
The severity of his injury and the complexity of his surgery puts Wilson’s NFL future up in the air, but all indications are he intends to continue his career barring an unforeseen setback. The Giants are likely to move through the offseason not expecting anything from him next season, but I also don’t necessarily expect them to make a big splash in free agency or use a high draft pick on a running back.
Wilson is unlikely to be draftable in single-season leagues this summer, even if news surrounding his recovery continues to be positive from here until August. But since he will still be just 23 years old by the time next season starts, dynasty league owners that have Wilson need to consider hanging onto him until further notice.