Andre Brown: Fantasy Owners Shouldn't Expect Epic Game from Giants RB in Week 3

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2012

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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With Ahmad Bradshaw out for Thursday night's game between the New York Giants and Carolina PanthersAndre Brown is absolutely the running back fantasy owners should be starting from the Giants.

But that doesn't mean they should automatically assume huge results.

Brown played very well for the Giants when he came into the game to replace Bradshaw against the Bucs, rushing 17 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for another 19 yards.

He clearly seized his opportunity, and it would be surprising if he didn't see a lot of touches on Sunday. Tom Coughlin was impressed (via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York):

Considering Bradshaw did not practice on the only major day of practice this week, Andre Brown could get the start against the Panthers after an impressive showing in relief of Bradshaw on Sunday. 

"I thought Andre did a nice job," Coughlin said. "He certainly was the focal point once Ahmad came out of the game. David (Wilson) has his plays and certainly will get some more time as well." 

It's that last part that makes me think Brown's touches could be slightly more limited than we think. At some point, Wilson is going to be allowed out of Coughlin's doghouse, and the rookie certainly has the talent to make an impact when he is given the chance.

Who is to say this won't be that week?

I expect Brown to get at least 15 touches against the Panthers, and Carolina has struggled against the run (giving up 146.5 yards per game this season), so those touches could be quite productive. 

But the Giants are a passing team, plain and simple. Giants running backs have 49 touches this year, as opposed to 46 for the wide receivers and tight ends. And on the young season, the team has thrown the ball 83 times and run it on just 44 occasions (tied for 25th in the NFL). 

So yes, Brown is the guy you want to start on Thursday night. But if you're expecting a C.J. Spiller, Michael Bush or Ben Tate performance in relief, think again.

Somewhere in the vicinity of 75 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown is his upside, in my opinion. You'll take the 13.5 fantasy points gladly, I know. But it's just as likely he doesn't get in the end zone, leaving him in the single digits.

In other words, don't expect him to win the week for your team. He'll put up decent numbers, but he'll hardly be a star in Week 3.


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