Bradshaw Out, Wilson to Start at RB for Giants

Bradshaw out, Wilson is officially a must-start in fantasy leagues

12/14/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

New York Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, and rookie David Wilson will start in his place. Bradshaw was considered doubtful throughout the week, as he wasn't able to participate in any of the practices. His Grade 1 knee sprain is the same injury that Robert Griffin III is dealing with, but I guess Bradshaw just isn't quite as immortal as the young rookie.
Dec 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants running back David Wilson (22) runs the ball during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the New Orleans Saints 52-27. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
With Bradshaw sidelined, and former backup Andre Brown out for the year with a broken fibula, rookie David Wilson is set to carry the load at running back on Sunday against the Falcons. Wilson has really impressed me in limited opportunities this year with his explosiveness and balance, dating back to his preseason action against the Bears. He's averaging 5.15 yards per carry on the season, and had his coming out party last week against the Saints with 100 rushing yards and three all-purpose touchdowns.

Wilson, a first round pick, had barely been used as a running back this season, in large part due to ball security issues - his excessive fumbling dates back to his college days at Virginia Tech, and he fumbled on his first NFL regular season carry. However, the Giants' coaches have recently been expressing a ton of confidence in the young runner.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said after the Saints game, "We're ecstatic. I didn't know he'd be able to run over a linebacker the way he did, which was tremendous to see. He's just getting better and better."

Hard-to-please head coach Tom Coughlin was also very complimentary of Wilson, suggesting he'll be able to handle a heavy workload. "The guy has very, very good leg strength and he has got the one ingredient that you look for in everybody and it's stamina," Coughlin said of Wilson. "He has outstanding stamina. It appears that he can go all day long."

With Wilson's excellent performance last week, the coaches' lavish faith in him, Bradshaw being sidelined, and the primary backup being Kregg Lumpkin, David Wilson is set to handle a huge workload, making him a borderline RB1 in fantasy leagues against a Falcons defense giving up the second most yards per carry in the NFL. I hope you read my Waiver Wire column a few days ago and grabbed Wilson when you had the chance, because by the time you read this, he'll probably be gone. If you were able to get him on your roster - congratulations. Stick him in your lineup and let him give you your best shot at making it to your fantasy championship.
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