David Wilson: Fantasy Football Outlook for Giants RB If Ahmad Bradshaw Is Out

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIDecember 12, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 09:  David Wilson #22 of the New York Giants carries the ball and scores his third touchdown of the game on December 9, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Ahmad Bradshaw’s status is up in the air for the New York Giants’ Week 15 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. If Bradshaw is unable to go, David Wilson fantasy football owners will reap the benefits of an excellent matchup.

Bradshaw had an MRI on his knee on Monday and it revealed a sprain, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com.

The back has been playing through a multitude of injuries this season. Coach Tom Coughlin was non-committal in responding to questions about his status, according to Youngmisuk:

I am not going to speculate — because of the toughness of this young man — on how long it would be. He is very positive about it and definitely wants to get back as fast as he can. I am not going to rule him out of anything. I am not going to talk about the percentages or anything like that. You can speculate on that knowing full well what the injury is. 

So what does it all mean for your fantasy lineup?

Well, it’s playoff time in the fantasy football world. Those of you who were brave enough to stick with David Wilson, or if you kept him solely as a handcuff to Bradshaw, are likely smart enough to still be playing meaningful football in December.

Bradshaw’s propensity to injury has made him a must-backup player in the game we all love.

So here we are, it’s Week 15 and you happen to have David Wilson on your bench for whatever reason. What can you expect from him if Bradshaw doesn’t play this weekend in Atlanta?

The rookie running back has been explosive this season in the kick and punt-return games. That’s an additional factor you must keep in mind, especially if your league format awards return yardage with any type of numerical value.

Next, Wilson has proven to be the type of running back that needs just one touch in order to take it to the house and put six points on the board for his team. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry in his big performance against the New Orleans Saints in Week 14.

Atlanta’s rush defense is another contributing factor in this situation. The Falcons are flat-out struggling against the run this season. Over the last eight weeks, opposing running backs have averaged 18.5 fantasy points per game against them. In seven of those eight games, they’ve scored at least 18 points.

Wilson hasn’t been a consistent contributor, although he would be the go-to guy for the Giants if Bradshaw is out this week. Fellow running back Andre Brown was put on season-ending IR, making the rookie the team’s primary backup.

Make sure to follow this situation closely this week and have a contingency plan in place in the event Bradshaw toughs it out and plays. Even if he does play, though, Wilson could still contribute because of concerns about his workload.