Now you see him, now you don’t. That’s the crazy thing about David Wilson.
The rookie first round pick of the New York Giants is a blur on the field, and he sure likes doing back flips.
After bursting on to the scene last week against the New Orleans Saints, Wilson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Now, with the diagnosis of a sprained knee for Ahmad Bradshaw, Wilson will have a crack at the starting running back job and fantasy football greatness.
The loss of Bradshaw may be a crushing blow to fantasy owners, but one man’s loss is another man’s gain. Wilson will now have the opportunity to carry the Giants into the playoffs and fantasy owners onward to glory.
If you were lucky enough to snag Wilson off of waivers, you can expect the explosiveness of LeSean McCoy combined with excellent vision. Once Wilson sees a hole, he’s through it before defenders can even react.
He was an afterthought in the Giants early season game plan after fumbling his second NFL carry and displaying inadequate pass blocking. He has since worked his way back into the Giants good graces by showing off his remarkable talent and quickness on kick returns. He has taken advantage of limited opportunities in the backfield as well, breaking off runs of 52, 40, 22 and 20 yards in his first 40 NFL carries.
The Giants take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, but the Dirty Birds will be hard-pressed to fly at Wilson’s speed in the Georgia Dome, which is renowned for its fast track.
Now I don’t believe that the Giants are ready to go all-in yet and give Wilson 20+ carries next week, but he has a tendency to make the most of his touches. The Giants will likely bring Kregg Lumpkin in on third downs and mix in a few touches for Ryan Torain if he practices well.
Expect around 16 carries, 100 yards and a touchdown from Wilson whose fantasy stock is trending directly upward.