New York Giants’ David Wilson is the 19th ranked running back in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 34, he’s likely to be taken sometime in the late third or early fourth rounds of most fantasy drafts.
Wilson rushed for 358 yards on 71 carries and four touchdowns last season. However, his greatest contribution to the Giants during his rookie year came in the return game, where he recorded 1533 return yards on 57 attempts.
When former starter Ahmad Bradshaw went down with an injury late last season, Wilson showed that he had the ability to carry a starter’s work load, rushing for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns in his first start against the New Orleans Saints during week 14. Now with the departure of Bradshaw to the Indianapolis Colts, Wilson will get the opportunity to be the starting running back for the Giants in 2013.
While he will likely share some carries with 3rd year pro Andre Brown, Wilson will have plenty of opportunities to put up strong fantasy numbers this season. Wilson had trouble during his rookie season holding onto the football, which if he is unable to fix could lead to him losing a significant amount of touches.
Wilson has the potential to be a decent #1 running back for fantasy owners, but more realistically he will produce as a solid #2 back. Having not proved much in the NFL yet, fantasy owners shouldn’t consider David Wilson until the late third early fourth rounds.