David Wilson to the Giants: Fantasy Analysis
The New York Giants got some serious value in the first two rounds of the draft picking up a top-3 running back prospect in David Wilson and a top-10 wideout prospect in Reuben Randle.
Wilson will get an ample opportunity to carve out a significant workload in the Giants backfield with Brandon jacobs now in San Francisco.
Wilson has enough talent to be a starter from day one but will likely have to wait for an inevitable Ahmad Bradshaw injury before he can take the reins in the backfield a la DeMarco Murray last year.
Wilson is a tenacious burner with solid vision and balance.
Here is what other said about Wilson:
“National Football Post: Wilson can be dynamic in the open field. He possesses elite speed, makes defenders miss and accelerates well out of his breaks. He needs to do a better job taking what the defense gives him between the tackles. Can be the home-run threat the Giants lack at RB. NFL ceiling: Dynamic starter with big-play potential. NFL floor: Explosive No. 2.”
“This has a little bit of the feel of a reach pick at a position of need, which isn’t really the Giants’ way of doing things. Without Brandon Jacobs and with question marks around Ahmad Bradshaw’s health and ability to carry the load, the need is for a guy with a complete skill set. While Wilson has good all-around skills, he doesn’t dazzle you with power as a runner and he doesn’t dazzle you in the passing game. He looks more like a complementary back in an offense that would really like to get back to pounding the ball and controlling the clock.”
David Wilson – Opinions on how Wilson will fare in his first season vary, but after watching his highlights we expect him to be a fantasy relevant name in 2012 who is an injury away from RB2 status. We are excited about Wilson’s prospects here at Win My Fantasy League and believe Wilson is someone who quickly gain a lot of steam on the Giants depth chart due to his home-run ability and tenacious running style. Eli Manning will hasten his development and the strong aerial attack of the Giants will only serve to help even further. Wilson looks like a low end flex2 with flex upside, but should be drafted in bye week filler range. As the season draws closer though Wilson will pick up plenty of steam as a sleeper so draft early to avoid disappointment. He is a top-10 pick in dynasty league rookie drafts and should be the third running back off the board in most drafts.
Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw in still penciled in as an RB2 but now has someone arguably with equal talent sitting behind him which will cap his fantasy upside going forward. Bradshaw is a strong sell in dynasty leagues where he loses all of his long-term value. Bradshaw should still make for a formidable RB2 but would be preferable as an RB3 with Wilson handcuffed near the end of your draft.
Hakeem Nicks – The Giants have now ensured that even when Bradshaw inevitably goes down that their run game will not miss a beat which can only help keep the aerial game in intact. Nicks is penciled in as a WR1 with a WR2 floor.
Victor Cruz – Reinforcing the run game can only serve to help the talented G-Men receivers as opposing D’s won’t be able to load up to stop the pass. With Cruz and Nicks both on the field one of them is almost assured single coverage which is bad news for opposing defensive coordinators. Cruz is a WR2 with WR1 upside but will be drafted as a WR1 based on his fantastic 2011 campaign.
Eli Manning – Elite Manning has to be a happy camper right now, not only did he prove to the world that he is indeed an elite QB by supporting two number one receivers and winning the Super Bowl but than Jerry Reese went out and got him some new toys to play with in Randle and Wilson. Wilson will ensure they always have an explosive playmaker in the backfield and this threat will only help in the passing game. Eli is a QB1 but is someone that theoretically should still be around in round six or later. Keep that in mind when preparing your draft strategy.
And now for some highlights:
Note: Wilson highlights end around the five minute mark
Written by Win My Fantasy League Senior Sports Writer/Fantasy Sports Analyst Raju Byfield (Rizzla).