David Wilson: Giants RB Back to Fantasy Relevance After Andre Brown Injury

Chris HummerAnalyst IOctober 7, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07:  David Wilson #22 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown as  Usama Young #28 of the Cleveland Browns and  T.J. Ward #43 give chase during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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One game into the year, rookie David Wilson found himself in Tom Coughlin's dog house after he fumbled in the Giants’ opening game against the Dallas Cowboys.

But now with Andre Brown's injury, he's back in New York's backfield rotation and, once again, relevant in fantasy.

Brown, who left Sunday's game against the Browns with a head injury was unable to return to the contest, and it's unknown how long he will be out.

It was a tough injury for Brown, a longtime journeyman, but it will prove to be an excellent opportunity for Wilson to prove that he's ready to help contribute on offense.

Wilson got off to an impressive start in that category on Sunday. On only two carries, Wilson exploded for 44 yards and a touchdown, showing the kind of speed that seduced the Giants to pick him in the first round of the draft this past April.

Ahmad Bradshaw got the majority of the carries for the Giants, as he touched the ball 30 times for 200 yards and a touchdown. However, Wilson's performance will go a long way in convincing Coughlin to give him more offensive snaps.

And to be honest he may not have a choice.

Bradshaw can't continue to carry the ball 30 times a game, he's had way too much of an injury history to for that to work well. Plus, head injuries can be tricky, so there's no telling how long he'll be out.

That leaves Wilson, and if he continues to make big plays on special teams while taking advantage of his opportunities on offense, his workload should steadily increase.

He's not a fantasy starter quite yet, but he should be stashed on your bench just in case he emerges as a steady No. 2 in the Giants’ backfield. If that happens, he'll be a smart flex play in most leagues.