Finally! Dynasty owners like myself with David Wilson on their bench have been waiting for the ultra-talented rookie to receive an opportunity to showcase what he can do. Earlier in the season he had a long touchdown run against the Browns, but because of early fumbling issues and pass protection concerns, Andre Brown moved past Wilson on the depth chart.
Brown was placed on injured reserve a few weeks back and the Giants countered by adding Kregg Lumpkin for added depth. Lumpkin saw a few snaps against the Redskins, but the Giants decided to use Ahmad Bradshaw as the teams feature back again as a response to Brown’s injury rather than working Wilson in as a committee back.
Because of an injury to Bradshaw last week, the Giants were forced into using Wilson more and the rookie responded with a huge performance. Beyond his kickoff return heroics, Wilson carried the football 13 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Both touchdown runs were impressive. The first came early in the third quarter as he collided with a linebacker in the hole and drove him back, carrying him as he stretched the football over the goal line. A clear demonstration of Wilson’s power.
On the second touchdown, Wilson did a nice job showing off his kick return skills as he set up a Saints safety by taking a few steps towards the middle of the field, forcing the defender to commit and then bouncing back to the outside and turning on the jets.
Wilson even impressed the crowd with a couple of back flips in celebration of his 52-yard touchdown run and his 97-yard kickoff return touchdown. Consider Wilson a must-start down the stretch as Bradshaw will have to labor through injuries. We should expect the rookie to play in a committee split and to be the “closer” in the fourth quarter going forward.
Expect Dez Bryant To Play
Because of all the news about Dez Bryant’s availability this week, I’ve left him off the list below. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com, unless doctors tell him he can’t play, we should expect Bryant on the field and fantasy owners would be wise to keep him in the lineup if he’s active. The finger injury shouldn’t limit his play, so expect him to remain a WR1 against a beat-up Steelers secondary.
|1||Adrian Peterson||@ Rams|
|2||Doug Martin||@ Saints|
|3||Calvin Johnson||@ Cardinals|
|4||Jamaal Charles||@ Raiders|
|5||Marshawn Lynch||@ Bills|
|7||Victor Cruz||@ Falcons|
|9||Vincent Jackson||@ Saints|
|10||Ray Rice (I)||Broncos|
|12||A.J. Green||@ Eagles|
|15||Alfred Morris||@ Browns|
|16||Demaryius Thomas||@ Ravens|
|22||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||@ Eagles|
|23||Steve Smith||@ Chargers|
|24||Mike Wallace||@ Cowboys|
|26||Frank Gore||@ Patriots|
|27||Randall Cobb||@ Bears|
|29||Knowshon Moreno||@ Ravens|
|30||Darren McFadden (I)||@ Chiefs|
|32||Michael Crabtree||@ Patriots|
|33||Pierre Garcon||@ Browns|
|35||David Wilson||@ Falcons|
|36||Joique Bell||@ Cardinals|
|37||Eric Decker||@ Ravens|
|38||Reggie Wayne||@ Texans|
|40||Sidney Rice (I)||@ Bills|
|41||Cecil Shorts (I)||@ Dolphins|
|42||Hakeem Nicks (I)||@ Falcons|
|43||Mike Williams||@ Saints|
|49||Shonn Greene||@ Titans|
|50||Bilal Powell||@ Titans|
|51||Mikel Leshoure||@ Cardinals|
|52||Steve Johnson (I)||Seahawks|
|54||Miles Austin (I)||Steelers|
|55||Alex Green||@ Bears|
|58||Greg Jennings||@ Bears|
|59||Jeremy Maclin (I)||Bengals|
|62||Ahmad Bradshaw (I)||@ Falcons|
|66||Jonathan Dwyer||@ Cowboys|
|67||Montell Owens||@ Dolphins|
|68||DeAngelo Williams||@ Chargers|
|69||Justin Blackmon||@ Dolphins|
|70||Golden Tate||@ Bills|
|71||Antonio Brown (I)||@ Cowboys|
|75||Vick Ballard||@ Texans|