Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a knee sprain during the Giants drubbing of the Saints. Luckily for the Giants they draft as well or better than any team in the NFL and they were prepared. David Wilson stepped and broke records with his rushing and special teams performance. It’s looking very likely that Bradshaw will be at best limited and at worst sidelined for Week 15.
FANTASY FOOTBALL SPIN
A limited Bradshaw is bad news for everyone. It will make for a more difficult decision as to whether or not to start either Bradshaw or Wilson in an all-important fantasy playoff week. The best case scenario in fantasy terms would be that the Giants choose to sit Bradshaw and we see Wilson take the load. That may not sound like the best case for Bradshaw owners but if you think about it do you want to have to make the decision between an injured Bradshaw or a back up fantasy rusher who you know will at least see a lot of action?
Over the past five weeks the Falcons have been beaten up by opposing running backs and are giving up the 6th most fantasy points per game to opposing rushers (21). Wilson becomes an RB2 with RB1 upside of Bradshaw can’t go. If Bradshaw is going to play but is going to be limited then we still like Wilson as a flex option. Long term the writing may be on the wall for a reduced role for Bradshaw next season and the beginning of a changing of the guard with Wilson being the primary ball carrier (provided he shows better ball security and pass blocking in his 2nd season). That’s a lot to say after one excellent performance but they drafted Wilson in the 1st round and will give him a every chance to succeed.