Ahmad Bradshaw Injury: Giants RB's Absence Makes Andre Brown Ideal Spot Start

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16:  Head coach Tom Coughlin greets Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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While Ahmad Bradshaw's injury is bad news for the Giants and Bradshaw fantasy owners, it opens the door for Andre Brown to shine versus the Panthers in Week 3.

The Giants announced that Bradshaw is officially out after sustaining a neck injury last week. When he went down, Brown stepped up in a major way for the Giants against the Bucs.

Rookie RB David Wilson was a popular fantasy name going into the season, but after Week 2, another lesser-known back is making waves in the Giants' backfield.

New York fed Brown the ball 13 times versus Tampa Bay, compared to Wilson's three. With 71 yards and a touchdown, Brown made a huge statement and proved to Tom Coughlin that he can carry the load if need be.

The same can't be said of Wilson, who fumbled in the season opener and is still working to prove he can be counted on in critical moments.

While Eli Manning has thrown 83 passes already this season, the Giants aren't going to abandon the run game. The Giants have ruled Hakeem Nicks out and while Victor Cruz is tied with Nicks for a league-leading 237 receiving yards, they need to establish a ground attack to help take the heat off of Manning.

That will open the door for Brown to shred the defense. There is no way the Panthers are going to load the box against a Giants offense that posted over 500 yards through the air a week ago.

Brown is everything fantasy owners were hoping Wilson would be going into the season. With Bradshaw down and Nicks out, this is the perfect storm for fantasy owners who are in a pinch at the RB position.

With the Panthers giving up 146.5 rushing YPG, it's safe to say the Giants are going to have an easy day running the football. Brown getting the bulk of the carries makes him a potential home run.

While Brown may not be a viable starter for the rest of the season, he's definitely worth a spot start this week.