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Andre Brown: Why Giants RB Is Safer Fantasy Pickup Than David Wilson

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16:  Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants celebrates a touchdown against 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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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2012

Ahmad Bradshaw's neck injury should have opened the door for New York Giants rookie running back David Wilson, but it didn't. Instead, Andre Brown was given his time to shine.

Brown finished the day with 13 carries for 71 yards and one touchdown in the Giants' winning effort against Tampa Bay. Wilson only had three carries.

ESPN.com makes it pretty clear that no one has given Brown a look in standard-scoring leagues, but you should. At this point, he's a much safer option than Wilson.

The Giants have had issues with ball security in the past, and Tom Coughlin won't stand for it unless he has to. Wilson fumbled once against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, and he dropped a red-zone pass early in Sunday's contest.

That's way too reminiscent of Tiki Barber's fumbling issues, and Bradshaw has dealt with the same thing.

The rookie ball-carrier isn't doing himself any favors, and that has opened the door for Brown.

According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Andy Behrens, Bradshaw was sent for X-rays. It's hard to tell the long-term impact of his injury, but the next few weeks could be interesting. Someone will have to pick up the slack, and Brown made himself the No. 1 contender on Sunday.

ESPN has Brown available in 99.9 percent of its standard-scoring leagues, so don't say that you already have him. Wilson is owned in 80.6 percent of those leagues, but his stock seems to decrease with every touch he takes.

The Giants had the worst rushing offense in the NFL last season. There's no doubt that they would like to improve that, and no one's job is safe. Coughlin is going to ride the hottest hand, and Brown put himself in that position during the Giants' huge comeback win on Sunday.

The Carolina Panthers are up next on the Giants' 2012 schedule. They scored a huge victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 2, but Pierre Thomas still cleared 100 yards on the ground. They're prone to the big play, and the Giants can exploit that.

Brown isn't going to be your No. 1 running back, but he's a quality option at this point. Wilson is digging his hole deeper, and his rookie stock is depreciating.

Using a committee approach in the backfield is common in today's NFL. It can benefit the team, but it also makes it easier to phase one individual out.

As long as Brown is running well, don't expect Wilson to receive substantial time. Get on your waiver wire, pick up Brown and hope he turns in another 16-point performance.

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