Week 3 Waiver Wire: Why Andre Brown Is an Absolute Must-Add

Lou Rom@louromliveContributor ISeptember 17, 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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Once Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants went down with a neck injury in Sunday's victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Andre Brown became a must-get for your Fantasy team.

The Giants have not said much about Bradshaw's injury, but given they have a short week with a Thursday-night game against Carolina, it's doubtful he will play.

That leaves two backs—rookie David Wilson and Brown—to fill the hole behind the line.

While Wilson has the better pedigree, his fumbling tendencies may lead coach Tom Coughlin to start Brown against the Panthers, who are giving up 154 yards a game so far with the league's 28th-ranked rushing defense.

After Bradshaw went down Sunday, Brown gained 71 yards on 13 carries, including a touchdown. He also scored the two-point conversion that tied the game in the fourth quarter.

On Thursday, Brown will line up against a Panthers team that has been painfully porous on run defense.

The Panthers gave up 110 yards to Pierre Thomas this past Sunday and made the Bucs look better than they are, yielding 95 yards to Doug Martin. Doug who, you ask? Yes, that's what I said.

At 6', 225 pounds, Brown is bigger and stronger than both Thomas and Martin, though the former benefits from playing behind an O-line that is surely more reliable than the Giants' is at this point in the season.

All in all, Brown is definitely the better bet to snatch up on the waiver wire this week.