Andre Brown vs. David Wilson: Who Has Most Fantasy Value After Bradshaw Injury?

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystSeptember 16, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16:   Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants holds off  Mark Barron #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Well, once again the injury bug has struck the running back position, as Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants was forced from the team's wild win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a neck injury, leaving his fantasy owners banging on their keyboards in frustration.

I feel your pain. The top three running backs on my fantasy team are Matt Forte, Fred Jackson and Bradshaw. The Titanic didn't sink this quickly.

My nightmare aside, fantasy owners of Bradshaw are now left with a hole in their lineups. Although details of the injury are pretty sketchy at this point, it's highly unlikely that Bradshaw will play in Week 3, given that the Giants have a short practice week before traveling to face the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.

Many of those same fantasy owners will probably look to Bradshaw's backups as potential replacements, so the question becomes whether Andre Brown or David Wilson is the player who should be targeted with a waiver claim this week.

It was Brown who came on to do most of New York's work in the backfield versus Tampa. The third-year pro performed fairly well, picking up 71 yards on 13 carries and scoring a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 19 yards.

Granted, rookie David Wilson is probably a much more explosive back, as evidenced by the fact that the rookie out of Virginia Tech was chosen by the Giants in the first round of April's NFL draft.

However, the ball-control issues that plagued Wilson while he was at Virgina Tech reared their head again with a lost fumble in the season opener. It appears that has landed Wilson squarely in Tom Coughlin's doghouse, with Wilson getting only three carries on Sunday.

If Bradshaw is sidelined for a significant amount of time, Wilson's role would all but surely grow. But it appears that for now at least Brown is the player to own in fantasy football leagues.

With a pretty favorable matchup on tap with the Panthers, Andre Brown will be a very popular name when waiver claims are submitted for Week 3.