If the spike in Bryce Brown’s fantasy football value was a flash in the pan, the spotlight in the skillet is now on David Wilson of the New York Giants. Both running backs have put together 100-yard, two-touchdown rushing performances in their rookie seasons. After a recent pair of flops by Brown, Wilson is the newest “surprise” rookie to make some noise in the NFL.
But he’s not a surprise.
Wilson’s breakout game against the New Orleans Saints showcased him as a multifaceted big-play threat. He didn’t catch a pass, but the Giants’ 2012 first-round pick rushed 13 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns and returned four kickoffs for 227 yards and a touchdown.
That’s 56.8 yards per return, if you’re scoring at home.
Wilson’s fantasy value stretches beyond leagues that reward return yardage. He’ll be the starting running back for New York in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons, according to Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com.
Atlanta has allowed either a rushing or receiving touchdown to opposing running backs in each of the last five games. Opposing backfields have gained 100-plus total yards in every game during that span except the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Their RBs scored two touchdowns, though.
Wilson has a fantastic matchup on tap for his first career start. He should also find his way into your fantasy lineups as the Start of the Week.