David Wilson isn’t reliable.
The New York Giants’ rookie running back was thrust into action on Sunday vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Ahmad Bradshaw exited the game with a neck injury. According to the Bucs’ official Twitter account, Bradshaw will undergo an X-ray on his neck. But even if the injury causes him to miss time, from a fantasy football standpoint, it’d be a mistake to expect Wilson to take advantage of his expanded role.
Against the Buccaneers, he has yet to offer a reason for optimism about his near future. Despite Bradshaw’s absence, Wilson carried the ball just two times in the first half for five yards. Third-year halfback Andre Brown received the majority of the carries, four, and with them rushed for 39 yards.
If you’re looking to snag and/or start Bradshaw’s backup, Brown looks like the right choice—not Wilson.
The former Virginia Tech Hokie was reportedly in Tom Coughlin’s “doghouse” following his fumble. Hard work in practice this past week got Wilson “a little bit out” of it, but he’s going to have to do more than hold onto the football to gain Coughlin’s trust and get rewarded with more playing time—he’s actually going to have to be productive, too.
And until Wilson at least shows a flash of brilliance, he isn’t worth rewarding with playing time on your fantasy football team.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.