All hope is not lost for David Wilson fantasy owners.
While things have looked bad for the New York Giants running back through two weeks of his sophomore season, a variety of factors say Wilson is about to experience a comeback that will win the trust of owners and his coaching staff.
As teammate Victor Cruz put it, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN, who has more than enough experience earning the trust of the staff after doing so as an undrafted free agent, Wilson simply needs more opportunities to earn the trust of the staff:
It was tough...It took time for me to know what I am doing out there on the practice field [and] for them to have the trust in me to relay it over during game time. It is going to take that for [Wilson], practice over and over, understanding what he has and learning from his mistakes on game day and applying it on the game field...They are going to give him a couple more opportunities, which is what he needs and what we need as a team for him to build some confidence to be that big-play guy that we know he can be.
As Cruz says, the team will certainly give Wilson more opportunities in the coming weeks.
For one, the Giants have no choice but to utilize Wilson more often. New York has just 73 yards rushing through two games. With Andre Brown on the short-term IR list, the team brought on Brandon Jacobs for an ineffective return. Against Denver, Jacobs rushed the ball seven times for four yards and scored a touchdown.
In large part thanks to an inadequate balance on offense, the Giants are sitting in a horrible spot at 0-2, and quarterback Eli Manning has already been tasked with doing it all himself, which has resulted in seven interceptions.
The issue with Wilson, which fantasy owners are fully aware, is his tendency to fumble. Wilson fumbled in his NFL debut a year ago and only received 71 total carries as a result.
Wilson's sophomore season began with a tough stretch as well after he lost two fumbles against Dallas. As a result of the continued ball-security woes, Wilson has received just seven carries in each of the team's first two games this season.
Expect that to change in a hurry. The Giants simply have no choice.
An 0-3 start will prematurely put an end to the season, and the lack of a running game is the issue. Fumbles can and will happen with Wilson, but it's not as if he has failed to be productive in the past when given a quality workload.
Last year, Wilson received 15 carries against Philadelphia in Week 17 and churned out 75 yards. Week 14 against New Orleans saw him take 13 carries for 100 yards.
That's the kind of production New York desperately needs at this point, so Tom Coughlin and Co. need to bite the bullet with Wilson, his five yards per carry average from 2012 and his tendency to fumble.
Wilson has taken a page out of former Giants running back Tiki Barber's book and carried the ball with him at all times in an effort to solve his fumbling woes. It's a small detail, but it certainly worked for Barber.
As for the immediate future, Wilson and Co. have an encounter with Carolina in Week 3, a team that allowed 103 rushing yards to Buffalo's C.J. Spiller last week. With New York in desperation mode, Wilson will at least see in the neighborhood of the 16 carries Spiller received.
For the rest of this year, Wilson is a great back to own. He's the No. 1 back in New York, and the coaching staff is not going to allow him to ride the pine in a significant manner. Wilson simply has too much potential, and the franchise spent a first-round pick to obtain his services.
The sky is the limit for Wilson once he shores up his fumbling woes. Thanks to his situation, Wilson is a good start in all fantasy leagues as a No. 2 back.
Thanks to his journey so far, Wilson will be all but impossible to find value for if owners look to unload him, but savvy owners should look to acquire Wilson now while his price is likely as low as it's ever going to get.
The outlook for Wilson may seem bleak, but things will turn around. Wilson is going to receive plenty of opportunities the next few weeks, which is all owners can ask for at this point. If Wilson does nothing with his impending chances, then it's time to hit the fantasy panic button.
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