What Does Ahmad Bradshaw Injury Mean for NY Giants, Fantasy Football Owners?

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05:  running back Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown in the third quarter past free safety Gerald Sensabaugh #43 of the Dallas Cowboys during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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New York Giants' starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw was knocked out of the team's Week 2 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after suffering a neck injury. 

According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN via Twitter, Bradshaw underwent an X-ray after a nasty hit and was ruled out for the rest of the game. 

Giants say Bradshaw went for X-ray on neck.

— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) September 16, 2012

Bradshaw WILL NOT return today, team says

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 16, 2012

The extent of Bradshaw's neck injury is not known yet, but if he misses an extended amount of time, here is how it will impact the Giants and fantasy owners everywhere.


Next man up

For the Giants, the team utilized a combination of Andre Brown and rookie David Wilson for the remainder of the game, and that will be the exact strategy New York will use if Bradshaw is out for an extended period. 

Wilson has been extremely unimpressive so far as he attempts to adapt to the NFL, but he now has to grow up in a hurry. Brown is a massive running back that excels in short-yardage situations.

Together the duo should be able to carry the load for the Giants effectively for at least a few games. New York faces the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles in the next two weeks—two teams not exactly known for having stout run defenses. 

Wilson and Brown will not be able to carry the load for more than a few games, which could mean the Giants will be active on the free-agent or trade markets if the news about Bradshaw is extremely negative. 


Fake football impact

Taking a New York Giants running back in fantasy football was probably not the best strategy in the world leading up to the 2012 NFL season, and it is still a horrible idea.

Replacing Bradshaw's production won't be a difficult task for owners considering his mediocre production thus far and the plethora of receiving targets for quarterback Eli Manning in the passing game. 

In most leagues Bradshaw is nothing more than a solid flex option, maybe No. 2 option depending on the league, but picking up someone on waivers or making a small trade will easily replace Bradshaw if he misses time. 

Likewise, Brown and Wilson are horrific fantasy options, even if Bradshaw misses a start and they carry the load. Wilson has been unimpressive and has shown a propensity to turn the ball over, and Brown is not fast enough to compile a lot of yards to justify picking him up. 



Once the full extent of Bradshaw's injury is fully known, we'll have a better idea of how it will impact the Giants. For now, the one-two punch of Brown and Wilson will suffice. However, stay away from all three in fantasy football.