One New York Giants loss is another Giants gain.
That's the current situation in the New York Giants' backfield, as David Wilson has suddenly become a hot fantasy commodity since it became clear that Andre Brown would be unavailable for Week 6.
On Friday morning, the Giants released this statement via the team's Twitter account:
Bernard, brown and Phillips are out. Nicks is questionable
With Brown out, Wilson will get another opportunity to prove himself in San Francisco on Sunday. Prior to Brown's injury, it appeared as if Wilson, New York's first-round pick from the 2012 NFL Draft, would have a tough time getting back into Tom Coughlin's good graces after his unfortunate fumble against the Cowboys in Week 1.
However, Wilson bounced back in Week 5, running for a 40-yard score against the Browns and totaled 44 yards rushing on just two carries.
Wilson now has the chance to solidify his status as the Giants' No. 2 back behind Ahmad Bradshaw in a pivotal game against one of the NFL's best teams.
No, Wilson probably won't get many carries right away. But if he can put up decent numbers in his newly-expanded role in the Giants' offense in Week 6, he'll earn back the confidence of Coughlin, which will mean he'll be used more prominently down the road.
Heading into Sunday's game, ESPN's fantasy preview for Wilson is as follows:
Wilson doesn't need a heavy workload to be useful, but it sounds like he's still learning the offense and likely to be on a limited snap count behind Ahmad Bradshaw.
He demonstrated his game-breaking ability last week, and once the former Virginia Tech star becomes more comfortable with New York's offense, he could establish himself as a long-term partner for Bradshaw in the Giants' backfield.
This week, don't expect more than 10 carries and 50 yards from the rookie, but if he proves to be a reliable option for Coughlin on the ground, his numbers will gradually climb as the season progresses.