Fantasy Football 2013: Could This Be The Week To Play David Wilson?

By Adam Pfeifer
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Remember the scene from Little Giants (arguably the greatest movie ever) when Rashid “Hot Hands” Hanon just could not hold onto the football? The team resorted to placing some nasty, stinky gunk on his hands, in attempts to help him catch the football.

To start the season, David Wilson sure could have used some of that stuff.

After Andre Brown went down with an injury, many fantasy players were salivating at the thought of what a super-talented guy like Wilson could do with a full workload. Of course, during the season opener, he fumbled the ball twice, sat the entire second half, and has seen his fantasy value plummet ever since. It’s been hard to trust Wilson in your lineups, and I personally have never had him ranked inside my top-20 all season long.

That will change this week.

Despite not posting anywhere near the stat lines that owners were hoping from him when selecting him, Wilson has run the ball much better over the last two weeks. In Week 3, he had two rushing touchdowns called back due to penalties, so he would have had a very strong fantasy outing then. And on Sunday, Wilson looked a lot better running the football, seeing a season-high in carries (13) and touches (15). Of course, he probably would have seen even more carries if the Giants weren’t so god awful and trailing in the last two contests. And of course, despite the flashes of both Da’rel Scott (who could also use some glue on his hands) and Brandon Jacobs, Wilson is still obviously the most explosive back on this roster, and gives the Giants the best chance to win. But then again, the Giants are the Giants, so they may need more than Wilson’s emergence for a victory.

Kidding, Giants’ fans.

Anyway, Week 5 is the week to assemble some sort of trust in the disappointing Wilson. He gets to face an Eagles defense that is allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs thus far. This unit ranks 26th in the league in run defense, allowing 121.8 yards per contest and three touchdowns. One of the main reasons behind the Giants recent struggles is the fact that the offensive line is resembling one of those little gates that people enter amusement parks through. Against the Eagles, they shouldn’t be too overwhelmed, as the Eagles pass rush ranks 18th in the league with 10 sacks. The Eagles defense often has trouble tackling running backs, so a shifty, elusive back like Wilson could thrive in this matchup. With a handful of strong running backs out on a bye this week, you may not have a choice to roll with Wilson, despite his early season struggles.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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