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David Wilson: Week 15 Fantasy Preview for New York Giants RB vs. Atlanta Falcons

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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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2012

New York Giants fans were waiting for rookie running back David Wilson to have a breakout game this season, and on Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints, he gave a historic performance (via ESPN).

David Wilson is the 1st player in NFL history with 200+ kickoff return yds and 100+ rush yds in a game. (h/t elias) #Giants

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 10, 2012

Should fantasy football owners expect another great performance from Wilson in Week 15 against the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons?

Well, Wilson's impressive running and kick returning last week should earn him plenty of touches in the Giants offense this week.

Expect the rookie to get at least 15 carries against the Falcons and continue to return kickoffs. He has also proven to be an effective runner at the goal line, so he could get some touches in the red zone too, which would please fantasy owners quite a bit.

Atlanta ranks 23rd in the NFL in rushing defense, and they allow 127 yards per game on the ground. In their 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Falcons gave up 195 rushing yards, including 116 yards to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

This is a favorable matchup for Wilson, who should not have too much trouble gaining yards on the ground versus the Falcons defense.

If your fantasy league rewards players who rack up return yards and touchdowns, then Wilson should be started on your team this week as a No. 2 or No. 3 running back, or as a flex player.

The Giants will need Wilson to be confident and playing well going into the playoffs, so he should be expected to play an important role in the team's offense over the final three games of the season.

It's also important for the Giants to have balance on offense, so running the football effectively will be one of their goals on Sunday.

The only worry about Wilson is that he will have to share carries with Ahmad Bradshaw. But after his strong Week 14 performance, he should still get a lot of carries against the Falcons.

You can rely on Wilson to earn points for your fantasy team as a running back and a kick returner against the Falcons in Week 15.

Week 15 Fantasy Prediction: 175 total yards (rushing, return, etc.) and one touchdown

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