Ahmad Bradshaw's Injury Makes David Wilson Fantasy Must-Start in Week 15

Ethan GrantAnalyst IDecember 14, 2012

Dec 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants running back David Wilson (22) returns a New Orleans Saints kick during the first half at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the New Orleans Saints 52-27. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Giants running back David Wilson was a fantasy football monster in Week 14. Given the extent of the Ahmad Bradshaw injury and head coach Tom Coughlin's newfound trust in Wilson as a primary running back, look for Wilson to be a big factor this week. 

After injuring himself yet again in the team's win over the New Orleans Saints, it appears unlikely that Bradshaw will be able to play.

The team won't rule him out just yet, mainly because of his toughness and prior issues with the same sort of wait-and-see approach. Still, Chris Wesseling of Rotoworld.com echoed the sentiments of both major New York newspapers regarding Bradshaw's availability.

For those with David Wilson decisions: Newsday joins the New York Post in deeming Ahmad Bradshaw unlikely to play.newsday.com/sports/footbal…

— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) December 14, 2012

That being the case, Wilson seems to be in line for major carries on Sunday.

His 100-yard, two-touchdown performance on the ground was a great fantasy indicator, and the 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was icing on the cake, if you had the gall to start him last week. ESPN called it a "coming out party."

David Wilson's coming out party for @giants. 100 rush yards, 2 TD to go with a 97-yd kickoff return TD.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 10, 2012

Against the Atlanta Falcons this weekend, conventional wisdom would suggest that the Giants are in for a tough game on the ground.

That isn't so—the Falcons allow 127 yards per game on the ground, good for just 23rd in the league. With the way the Giants' offense is churning out points through the air and on the ground, that seems like a good sign for Wilson to go off.

Still, there are other factors at play. Andre Brown is out of the mix at running back, but there's no guarantee that Bradshaw won't suit up. He's played without practice time before, so it wouldn't be a huge shock if something changes in the next two days.

For now though, rely on Wilson as, at worst, your flex play this week, assuming you don't have a better option. If you're in a PPR or return-yardage league he's even more valuable, even as high as an RB2 in some cases.

One thing is simple—add Wilson. As the season closes he's a valuable weapon to have, even if it's just off your bench.

However, things are setting up for a nice weekend for the Giants from a fantasy perspective, so make sure you take advantage of that, as your season ending in heartbreak or jubilation can likely hinge on one player. 


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.