When Andre Brown went down in the preseason, it had every David Wilson owner fist pumping with excitement. Since being handed the job as the New York Giants featured running back Wilson has struggled. DaRell Scott has underwhelmed in his efforts to contribute and I’m not sold on Brandon Jacobs 106 yards rushing on 22 carries and two touchdowns as proof he can hold the job.
David Wilson’s neck injury has revealed the young running back suffers from spinal stenosis. Speculation has been cloudy about Wilson’s chances of returning this year. Some reports claim he will be back this week, other reports say he stands to miss the rest of the season.
The reality is that Wilson’s neck injury and the spinal stenosis are separate issues. The smart choice in the long term for Wilson, his career and his quality of life after football is to have the surgery, miss the season and comeback next year to battle for a spot on the starting roster.
Currently, Andre Brown is due back and in game shape by Week 10 of the NFL season. Should Wilson opt for season-ending surgery, Brown will reap the role of featured back in his absence. Should Wilson opt out of the surgery, he will share the backfield with Brown, who is the superior pass blocker and goal line back.
If you find yourself now in the middle of the Fantasy season with bleak hopes of making the Fantasy playoffs, I would watch the reports on Wilson this week. If Wilson doesn’t play in Week 7, I would move fast now to grab Brown and Brandon Jacobs.
Jacobs should be able to patch in over time. Knowing his luck and lack of durability, he’ll probably sprain or tear something just in time to let Brown take the job and increase your chances of making that late season playoff push.