Normally, I try not to take away too much from preseason football in the National Football League but when it comes to fantasy football, every piece of information can be important and the biggest thing I took away from the Hall of Fame game between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills was that Andre Williams has big-time sleeper potential for the 2014 season.
Now by using the term sleeper, one is indicating it’s not someone you are expecting to do well and if Williams put up big numbers this season I would be surprised. Yet, running back depth is important and you never know when you are going to need help on the waiver wire, so even if a player isn’t going to have a huge season, it’s good to know who the deep sleepers are and Williams is one of the better ones available.
Let’s look at the facts; with David Wilson being told by the Giants that his football career is over, Williams is now essentially the no.2 running back for the Giants behind free agent signee Rashad Jennings and after rushing for 48 yards and seven carries and reaching paydirt against the Bills, Williams should get a chance to earn more carries. It may not be a time-share now but Williams is good enough to turn it into one and furthermore, the Giants have always preferred the committee approach.
New York was very high on Williams entering the draft process and thought getting him in the fourth-round was a steal. After all, last season for Boston College, Williams led the nation in rushing yards with 2,177 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns.
Williams also passed the eye test against the Bills. Most of his rushes came early in the game and he showed that he has the vision, elusiveness and power to be an effective runner at the NFL level. This isn’t to say you should start drafting him but if he starts to put together more performances like the one he had last night, then Williams might have a bigger fantasy football impact this season than any of us realized.