The New York Giants have endured countless injuries to their running backs this season, but that has opened the door for rookie running back David Wilson to get the start this Sunday, instantly making him a must-start in fantasy football leagues.
These next few weeks will be the most important of the fantasy season as owners try to navigate their way through the playoffs in order to become their league's champion. A talent like Wilson could very well be the difference between fantasy glory and failure.
New York's normal starter, Ahmad Bradshaw, has been ruled out for this Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons (per ESPN.com). With that, Wilson will take the reins as the Giants' starter in Week 15.
Last week against the New Orleans Saints, Wilson proved himself to be a reliable back in the NFL after gaining 100 yards on 13 carries, good enough for an average of 7.7 yards per carry. The rookie back also found the end zone twice as a running back in the Giants' winning effort.
Wilson is an explosive back with great speed and has the ability to break a big run. His biggest play of last week, a 52-yard run, showed Wilson's big play skills.
To help add a little more certainty to Wilson's potential success in Week 15, the Giants' opponent, the Falcons, are ranked No. 23 against the run this season. That is something the Giants will no doubt look to exploit in this game.
But Wilson's contributions to the Giants success won't stop at just rushing attempts. The 21-year-old has also been a dangerous returner for New York this season.
Last week against the Saints, Wilson dominated on kick returns, gaining a total of 227 yards on four attempts, and he even broke a 97-yard return for a touchdown that helped propel the Giants to victory.
It isn't clear if Wilson will still be on kick returning duties in Week 15 now that he's the starting back, but that shouldn't deter owners from starting him anyway.
With his dynamic ability as both a running back and returner, the possibilities are endless for Wilson to once again have a big game this week. Owners would be wise to jump all over this rookie if he is available on the waiver wire or the bench.