David Wilson fumbles twice, benched by Giants in horrible fantasy performance

Wesley Hitt

New York Giants running back David Wilson fumbled twice and was benched by the team. We break down the fantasy implications.

New York Giants running back David Wilson was benched after fumbling the football twice in Sunday's season opener against the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys. Wilson fumbled against the Cowboys in Week 1 of last season as well, and clearly has some issues to work through when it comes to ball control.

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Both of Wilson's fumbles were lost to the Cowboys on Sunday. One of which was returned 49 yards by safety Barry Church for a touchdown in the third quarter. Wilson was sent to the bench for the remainder of the game after that one. His head coach was clearly unhappy with him, too:

"Not going to play unless they can hold onto the ball," Tom Coughlin said, as noted by Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today, "It's demoralizing to the whole team."

Wilson gave way to Da'Rel Scott, though he only had five carries for 23 yards. Quarterback Eli Manning didn't leave much room for running backs to get carries anyway, making 42 pass attempts and throwing three interceptions of his own. Manning, of course, will not see the bench.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson has game-breaking ability. He's got speed, and he can make defending players look absolutely silly. Unfortunately, he finished Sunday's game with seven carries for just 19 yards with no touchdowns and two turnovers. That's about as bad a game you can have as a running back. Wilson obviously hasn't been given his last chance or anything, and smart money is on him continuing to start. But it's a bad start for the young back.

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