David Wilson's Updated 2013 Fantasy Value After Da'Rel Scott's Release

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IOctober 1, 2013

Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back David Wilson (22) runs for an 84 yard touchdown beating New York Jets safety Antonio Allen (39) and New York Jets linebacker Garrett McIntyre (50) during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Giants released backup running back Da'Rel Scott on Tuesday, but his absence won't improve David Wilson's tanking fantasy football stock. 

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported the team's move to cut Scott in order to sign center Dallas Reynolds:

Scott hasn't been able to generate any consistency on the ground, averaging 3.5 yards per carry this year. His value to the Giants was more as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, and he scored his only touchdown of the year on a reception. 

Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles center Dallas Reynolds (66) calls out at a play against the New York Jets during the second half of a preseason game at Metlife Stadium. The Jets won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA T
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Theoretically, the addition of Reynolds could be the bigger news here, as far as Wilson's fantasy value is concerned. He started 14 games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, subbing for an injured Jason Kelce, but was one of the many veteran players purged from Philly's roster as the Chip Kelly era began this summer.

New York desperately needs help on its offensive line, which is why Scott was released in the first place. Center David Baas was inactive in Week 4, and he missed Week 1 after suffering an MCL sprain in the preseason. 

But the entire line has been putrid this season, no matter who has played. This unit has allowed 14 sacks already this year, and New York's rushing attack ranks No. 30 in the league, averaging just 57.8 yards per game. 

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Running back David Wilson #22 of the New York Giants is tackled by inside linebacker Akeem Jordan #55 and cornerback Dunta Robinson #21 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 29, 2013 i
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Wilson hasn't been running with any confidence since rediscovering his fumbling tendencies early in the year, and the entire Giants offense is a mess. He's averaging 3.4 yards a carry, hasn't yet broken off a run longer than 20 yards and hasn't scored a single touchdown. 

Unless Reynolds morphs into Jim Otto and inspires a revolution on New York's offensive line, the Giants will continue to struggle on the ground.

Fantasy owners would be smart to take a wait-and-see approach with Wilson the rest of the year, and he's someone to consider benching until he proves he can produce on a weekly basis. 

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