David Wilson is going to have his breakout fantasy football performance of the season.
It just won't be any team's most valuable performance of the week.
Many owners thought Wilson would be a decent contributor this season, so they drafted him in the later rounds or spent a few dollars on him in their auction.
So far, it's been mostly disappointing—few people have reaped the rewards of his promise.
In the first three weeks, Wilson had six carries for eight yards and one fumble. The balloon of expectations was deflated in Week 4 when Wilson failed to garner a single rushing attempt.
The damage from his fumble in the season opener appeared to be devastating. Tom Coughlin had placed Wilson in the doghouse and seemed content to let the young pup survive on the kibble provided by his kick returns.
Slowly but surely, Wilson has been able to warm over his boss' heart. He did the little things necessary on special teams, kept his mouth shut and didn't poop in the house.
The last two weeks have shown a coach who has given his obedience school trainee more and more leash, and the kid has responded well.
Will you start David Wilson this week?
Against the Cleveland Browns, Wilson took two carries and rewarded the Giants with 44 yards and a touchdown. No word on if that was enough for a treat or an ear scratch.
But it was good enough to be given seven carries the next week against the San Francisco 49ers. As if he was worried someone would take his bone, he promptly ran for 35 yards and kept them all to himself.
His value has been trending upward throughout the past two weeks and will culminate in a nice game against a tougher-than-you-think Washington Redskins rushing defense.
However, his numbers won't be eye-popping. Ahmad Bradshaw will still get at least half the carries, regardless of his injury situation.
Will Wilson break out? Yes, for him, to the tune of 55 yards or so and maybe even a touchdown. But he won't be the sole reason that your team wins this week.