David Wilson: Giants RB Is a Wise Play for All Fantasy Football Owners

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 09:  David Wilson #22 of the New York Giants carries the ball past Isa Abdul-Quddus #42 of the New Orleans Saints to score 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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David Wilson exploded for 327 all-purpose yards versus the New Orleans Saints last week, making him a must-play for all fantasy football owners when the New York Giants travel to face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15.

Wilson finally showed the explosiveness that made him the 32nd overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft. He's been in and out of Tom Coughlin's doghouse throughout his rookie season, but he finally got his chance to shine last Sunday.

He didn't disappoint. Atlanta's run defense isn't as weak as the Saints' unit, but it's still surrendering 127 yards per game, putting it at 23rd overall in the NFL.

According to ESPN, Wilson is owned in just under 65 percent of their leagues. That number would be much higher if he had enjoyed a solid rookie season, but he hasn't aside from his Week 14 performance.

With Sunday approaching quickly, you're running out of time to scoop him off the waiver wire, but he will still be out there for some of you.

If he's already on your roster though, and you don't have two bona fide No. 1 backs, start him.

Wilson's speed makes him a dangerous matchup for defenses. With Ahmad Bradshaw ruled out (via The Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas), and Andre Brown out for the season, Wilson is the only option for the Giants. With a playoff spot on the line over the final three weeks, it's unlikely that Tom Coughlin will turn to Kregg Lumpkin or Ryan Torain in many critical situations.

The Giants will want to be careful against a Falcons secondary that has 16 interceptions this season. Eli Manning has had trouble avoiding interceptions at times this year, forcing the Giants to lean on their ground game to keep the offense balanced.

Normally, that would be Bradshaw. He became a solid fantasy option, but now it's Wilson's turn. He's an extremely talented player who is finally getting his chance to shine on a big stage.

Considering the confidence that he's riding from last week's incredible performance, it's safe to say that Wilson is heading for another big game on Sunday.

Fantasy owners, ignore his season stats and focus on what you saw last week. Playing Wilson could give you a major leg up over your opponent in a crucial fantasy playoff matchup.