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Monday, December 10, 2012

Fantasy football: David Wilson analysis

There are many advantages of advancing to the semifinals in fantasy football.

The bragging rights, the cash, the women. Too many to count, really.

One edge that might not come to mind: Getting a gem on the waiver wire.

If you will be playing in your league's final four in Week 15, there is obviously much less competition for players. And with Giants running back David Wilson potentially available, that is a very good thing.

Wilson, a rookie drafted with the final pick of the first round by the Giants last spring, was a player many of us expected to have an impact in fantasy this season.

Wilson made us wait 14 weeks for said impact, which meant many owners had already dropped him -- he is available in almost 60 percent of the leagues on

If you need help at the flex position or are looking for a third running back in Week 15, Wilson could be an excellent choice.

He rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries Sunday against the Saints. He also returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score and had 327 all-purpose yards.

Wilson received more work than expected because of a knee injury suffered by Ahmad Bradshaw. The latter left the game with the ailment, but later returned. Monday, Bradshaw had tests done on the knee.

If it's announced Bradshaw will miss time, Wilson is a must-start this week against at Atlanta, which is tied for 23rd defending the run and has allowed 14 rushing touchdowns.

In Week 16, the Giants will play at Baltimore, which also struggles against the run (No. 25).

Even if Bradshaw plays, Wilson should get a decent amount of touches as a change-of-pace back. Because of his excellence as a returner, he likely won't get 20 to 25 carries, but as he displayed Sunday, he is in the C.J. Spiller mold -- sometimes 15 attempts is all it takes.

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