Fantasy Football: Time to Drop David Wilson?

By Greg Sulik
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The New York Giants turned in one of the ugliest offensive performances in recent memory in yesterday’s 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers. As a team, they gained just 150 yards of offense and averaged a microscopic 3.0 yards per play. While Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and even Eli Manning should be fine in the long run from a fantasy perspective, the concerns about David Wilson are getting more and more serious.

Through three games, Wilson has carried 25 times for 75 yards while losing two fumbles. To top it off, he has not scored or caught a pass. Those numbers would be extremely disappointing from a third round pick for one game, let alone the total of three. Wilson has not produced anything useful for owners yet, and he appears to be in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse yet again.

All this begs the question: is it time to drop David Wilson? Obviously, owners would love to trade him, but there is very little chance of finding anyone interested in giving up a player that’s producing anything for Wilson. Wilson’s saving grace thus far has been that his backups, Da’Rel Scott and Brandon Jacobs, have been equally ineffective, but one has to wonder in Coughlin will start giving one of them the majority of the carries.

To makes things worse, the Giants travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs this week, who have a very good defense. Even if he does get the majority of the carries, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which Wilson improves dramatically. This week may be his last chance, and it is not a favorable matchup at all.

For Wilson owners, there is really no reason not to drop him. As unfortunate as it is to have a high draft pick turn out to be a bust, there is little reason to believe that his performance is going to improve. In shallow leagues, Wilson is absolutely droppable. In deeper leagues that decision becomes more difficult, but if there is a player such as Jacquizz Rodgers, Bilal Powell or Jonathan Franklin available, dropping Wilson is a logical decision.

Right now, there is no reason to believe that Wilson will turn it around, and that means there is no reason to have him on your fantasy team.

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