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David Wilson: Realistic Fantasy Expectations Through Playoffs for Giants RB

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 09:  David Wilson #22 of the New York Giants celebrates his third touchdown of the game against the New Orleans Saints on December 9, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2012

Despite the New York Giants losing Andre Brown to a season-ending broken leg, the team still has the services of veteran Ahmad Bradshaw and unheralded rookie David Wilson.

Wilson was unheralded until he showcased just how talented he really is against the New Orleans Saints in Week 14. The young running back amassed 327 all-purpose yards while filling in for Bradshaw after the veteran left the game temporarily with a knee injury.

Bradshaw is still the more effective runner and will remain the team’s starter, but Wilson has earned himself more touches starting in Week 15.

With the fantasy playoffs already started for most leagues and the rest starting this week, Wilson has become the waiver-wire pickup everyone wants.

 

Fantasy Predictions

Week 15 Final Stat Line vs. Atlanta: 15 carries, 86 yards, 1 touchdown

While the huge day in the return game altered Wilson’s final stat line—100 yards rushing and 227 yards returning kicks—the Atlanta Falcons defense is 23rd in the NFL allowing 127 yards per game on the ground.

Wilson will get some big chunks of yardage and one touchdown in Week 15, but he will not reach the 100-yard mark again.

Bradshaw will likely be motivated by seeing his younger counterpart doing well and should still see more carries than Wilson in the end. With the veteran running hard through the middle, Wilson will have more chances late in the games to bust out big plays.

The duo has a good chance to be successful against the Falcons, but as a fantasy owner, you must remain realistic with the expectations for Wilson; he’s a flex play at best.

 

Week 16 Final Stat Line vs. Baltimore: 11 carries, 34 yards, 0 touchdowns

While some could convince me that Wilson is a solid play in Week 15, he will not be effective at all in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore has been unimpressive against the run for much of the year, but the possible return by Week 16 of star linebackers Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis will have the Giants leaning toward their power back instead of their finesse back.

As solid as Wilson has looked to start his career, Bradshaw is the proven runner and the more effective back between the tackles. Don't risk your championship here.

 

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