Fantasy Football Outlook: What Does Surgery Mean for David Wilson’s Value?

By Dom DeCarlo
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It is never a good thing when a player goes down with an injury. It is also never a good thing for an NFL player and his fantasy owners if a player that goes down with an injury has the player who is behind him in the depth chart has a good season.

If you are David Wilson of the New York Giants, 2013 was not the season he was hoping for nor was it a good season for his owners. David Wilson went down on October 6, with a neck injury. This not only ended Wilson’s season, but it allowed Andre Brown to take the starting job in the Giants’ backfield.

It was announced on Friday that David Wilson will be having surgery to repair his neck. The big question that all fantasy football managers want to know is this: How will surgery in the off-season affect Wilson’s value in 2014?

No one ever truly knows how someone will recover from a surgery, especially a surgery involving the neck of a football player.

If Wilson does fully recover from this surgery, he will have a lot of work to do to catch up to Brown at the start of the season. This surgery will keep Wilson out of much of the offseason practices and will not permit Wilson to evolve into the player that the Giants felt he could be when they drafted him in the first round two seasons ago.

Should David Wilson be considered a bust in the NFL? It is very possible.

Is David Wilson going to be a great value pick in the 2014 season? It is also very possible. If Wilson can recover from this surgery, he still won’t be looked at very high in any fantasy football draft. If you can target him late in your fantasy draft, he will have a huge upside on a team trying to figure out its identity again on the offensive side of the football.


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