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The Hall of Fame Game gave us our first glimpse at football for the 2014 season. It also gave us our first look at rookie running back Andre Williams.
The Boston College product flashed his potential, averaging 6.9 yards per carry and scoring a touchdown, albeit much of that coming against Buffalo's second-team defense.
The problem with Williams' fantasy value for the 2014 season is that one man stands in his way—Rashad Jennings. The 29-year-old was signed away from the Oakland Raiders during the offseason, and he is currently the starter.
Jennings should command the majority of playing time this year, leaving little beyond, perhaps, goal-line touches for Williams. But next year and beyond? The landscape in New York could tilt in Williams' direction by then.
Williams doesn't possess any pass-catching upside, but he is an explosive athlete who could overtake Jennings for the starting job with some NFL seasoning.
The Giants rookie led Division I football in rushing last season, after all, and he averaged a healthy 6.1 yards per carry while doing it. Perhaps he will mature into a better pass-catching weapon by 2015.
Hopefully his preseason performance won't cause his fantasy stock to rise too much—it spiked a bit after his Hall of Fame Game performance—but it's likely Williams will be available in the 10th round or so in fantasy drafts.
That makes him a nice keeper option.