David Wilson: Complete Fantasy Profile & Draft Strategy

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 11:  David Wilson #34 of the New York Giants work out during Giants minicamp at Timex Performance Center on May 11, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Will running back David Wilson be the rare fantasy stud as a rookie in 2012? Or are you likely to be selecting nothing but a bench player if you add him to your team?

For fantasy owners, those are questions that must be asked when evaluating Wilson's worth this year. Talented as the rookie from the New York Giants is, he'll be fighting to earn carries behind starter Ahmad Bradshaw on a Giants' offense that likes to throw the ball.

Of course, if you worry about Bradshaw's health or you draft him for your team, Wilson is the logical handcuff. Let's take a closer look at Wilson's fantasy football profile for the upcoming season.


What Round Should You Target Him?

He's worth an 11th- or 12th-round pick if you didn't already draft Ahmad Bradshaw. If you did, snatch up Wilson in the 10th.


Injury News and General Updates

No injuries to report. And that's good, because Wilson set some incredibly lofty goals for himself this season, according to Alex Raskin of CBSSports.com:

  • “Five yards per carry”
  • “Score at least 10 touchdowns”
  • “No sacks” allowed on “my behalf”
  • “A play of at least 20 yards” in every game
  • “At least six 100-yard games”
  • “No fumbles.”

Wilson sets goals for himself each season, so it's hardly surprising he shared these with reporters. And they are wonderful goals for a running back. Unfortunately for Wilson, I highly doubt he'll reach most (if any) of them. 


Stat Projections

650 yards from scrimmage, four total touchdowns.



If Bradshaw remains healthy, I think it's safe to pencil in Wilson for eight-to-15 touches a game. If Bradshaw goes down to injury, however, Wilson becomes the starter and will see his workload increase. At that point, he should be started in all formats.


Running Backs With a Similar ADP That You Should Draft Before Wilson

Isaac Redman, Donald Brown, Ryan Williams, Toby Gerhart, LeGarrette Blount


Running Backs With a Similar ADP That You Should Draft After Wilson

Mark Ingram, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Felix Jones, Pierre Thomas


The Last Word

Wilson is an intriguing flex or RB2 option if Bradshaw misses time due to injury. But otherwise he's a player who will remain firmly planted on fantasy benches as a Bradshaw handcuff this season.


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