Andre Brown: Ahmad Bradshaw Owners Must Add Backup RB as Handcuff

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 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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With Ahmad Bradshaw's Week 3 status uncertain after suffering a neck injury on Sunday and David Wilson seemingly still in the doghouse after fumbling in Week 1, Andre Brown has just become a must-add for fantasy owners.

Especially for those owners looking to handcuff Bradshaw.

Brown rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in relief of Bradshaw, who very possibly won't play given the short turnaround this week. The New York Giants play the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, hardly much rest for a player trying to recover from a neck injury.

Now, I know what you're thinking—the Giants are going to be a passing team against Carolina if Bradshaw doesn't play. They're already tied for 23rd in the NFL with just 44 rushing attempts after two games, so Brown will hardly get that much work.

Plus, can Wilson be so far in the doghouse that he won't at least see some time against the Panthers?

All are valid points, but after performing so impressively against the Bucs, why wouldn't Brown get the majority of the carries against the Panthers? 

Wilson had his chance and fumbled it away. Brown did precisely the opposite.

Plus, they might not run the ball often but backs have still been valuable fantasy contributors. Bradshaw had 15.3 fantasy points in Week 1. Brown was good for 17 on Sunday. In a game against the Panthers that should be another shootout, there is plenty of value to be had owning the Giants' starting running back.

There is one caveat—you're likely using your waiver position on a player who will have a very limited window for fantasy relevance. Bradshaw will be back at some point if he doesn't play on Thursday night. And at some point, Wilson will get another shot.

But if you are in dire straits for next week, don't be afraid to use your waiver slot on Brown. After his performance on Sunday, he's worth taking a chance on.


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