And you can thank the erosion of Ahmad Bradshaw’s body.
When I recommended David Wilson as one of the top waiver adds this week, I did it knowing the possibility that Bradshaw could sit out due to his knee sprain. But that recommendation was made during a time when Bradshaw sitting still seemed like a distant, reaching possibility for the newly-minted Wilson owners.
However, Wilson still retained value because even an active Bradshaw would be limited, likely giving the rookie 10-12 carries. That kind of workload could be quite profitable for you, because this past Sunday against New Orleans Wilson needed only 13 carries to finish with 100 yards. Against a better but still generally terrible Falcons run defense this week a similar output on a similar workload could easily happen.
But now the possibilities of an even greater explosion seem so very real, because Bradshaw missed his second straight practice today, and it doesn’t take much intuitive between-the-lines reading to get the sense that his chances of playing this week are getting increasingly terrible.
When head coach Tom Coughlin was asked about Bradshaw today he said little, but he didn’t express much optimism. Coughlin only said that “whatever the medical people tell us, we’ll live with.” Meanwhile, long-time Giants beat writer Paul Schwartz doubts Bradshaw will even make the trip to Atlanta, and Rotoworld is labeling him “extremely questionable.”
This leads to a perfect alignment of the celestial bodies for Wilson, and the many who made a claim on him this week. Somewhat remarkably he still remains unowned in 40 percent of ESPN leagues and 39 percent of Yahoo leagues, both rates that should be a little lower, so be sure to check your free agent pool for a bargain value play. Wilson will run against a Falcons defense that’s giving up 127 yards per game on the ground overall and 4.9 per carry, making this a prime opportunity for another RB2-level performance.