Who said there’s an offseason in fantasy football?
The first big move has happened just a few days after the Super Bowl, as the New York Giants have released veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw. The move opens the door for second-year runner David Wilson to make an impact in fantasy land next season.
Wilson showed flashes of potential as a rookie, averaging a solid 5.0 yards per carry while also scoring five total touchdowns. His biggest game came against the New Orleans Saints in Week 14, when he rushed for 100 yards and scored a combined three touchdowns. The Virginia Tech product will have to improve on his pass protection if he wants to be a true three-down back, but the potential for him to produce in New York makes him a No. 2 fantasy back with upside in 2013.
The G-Men are now more likely to retain the services of restricted free agent Andre Brown, who was having his best season as a pro before breaking his leg in Week 12. He’ll serve as a compliment to Wilson, and could vulture goal-line work out of the backfield. He figures to be a viable late-round pick and handcuff for owners who land Wilson.
As for Bradshaw, he shouldn’t have a hard time finding work as long as he has no setbacks in his return from a recent surgical procedure on his right foot. He has had the foot operated on at least three times, so he’ll be a bit of a risk regardless of where he lands.
The Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and New York Jets, among other teams, could all be in the market for a runner this offseason.
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!