The New York Giants recently signed veteran free agent Brandon Jacobs to help bring stability to their backfield, but after backup running back Da'Rel Scott suffered a knee injury in practice on Tuesday, there's a good chance Jacobs could make a fantasy impact as soon as Week 2.
How big of an impact Jacobs will have remains to be seen.
Considering the 31-year-old has been away from the NFL since the end of the 2012 regular season, and the fact that he averaged just 1.4 yards per carry in his most recent run with the 49ers, fantasy owners would be foolish to add him to their roster.
David Wilson Still in the Mix
Despite his two killer fumbles in Week 1 against Dallas, second-year running back David Wilson is still the best option for the Giants in the back field until Andre Brown returns from his leg injury.
At age 22, the 5'9", 205-pound speedster can do a lot more than Jacobs, including break off big runs.
Wilson averaged five yards per carry as a rookie last season and showed off his quickness and agility on special teams for New York as well.
Although his carelessness won't go over well with the coaching staff, Tom Coughlin has little choice but to ride with the former first-round draft pick at this point. Keep in mind that Wilson fumbled in the Giants' 2012 season opener as well and went on to play the final 15 regular-season games without recording a single fumble.
Giants' Lackluster O-Line
New York has some serious question marks on the offensive line after Week 1. Although the Giants only ran the ball 14 times against the Dallas Cowboys, they finished with just 50 total rushing yards, which ranks them 29th in the league in that category after one week.
That's a Cowboys' run defense that ranked 22nd in the league a season ago. Unsurprisingly, the Giants' offensive line also allowed three sacks in the loss.
Though Jacobs is a powerful runner at 6'4", 260 pounds, if the holes aren't there to run through, there's no reason to believe he'll be effective for New York or fantasy owners in 2013.
The Giants ranked middle-of-the-pack in rushing yards last season, averaging just over 116 yards per game on the ground. But Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown both had a huge hand in that production.
Past His Prime
Perhaps the most obvious reason to avoid Jacobs in 2013 is the fact that he's past his prime. There's a reason the Giants let him go after the 2011 season and a reason why he only carried the ball five times in San Francisco last year before being waived.
At age 31, Jacobs is no longer the physical force he was back in 2007 and 2008 when he was averaging five yards per carry and surpassing 1,000 yards rushing each year.
His overall size and the fact that he's had time to rest his body may allow him to make an impact on the goal line and in short-yardage situations. But that's wishful thinking, and in the end, fantasy owners won't be able to rely on the veteran back to put up solid numbers week in and week out.
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