Ahmad Bradshaw: Assessing Giants RB's Fantasy Value for Remainder of Season

Nicholas GossCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Fullback Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants celebrates his six-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will not play in Week 3, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, which is a slight concern for fantasy football owners everywhere because of his prior injury history.

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw, RT David Diehl and WR Domenik Hixon all ruled out of Thursday night's game vs. Carolina.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 19, 2012

Considering his play, Bradshaw's absence in Week 3 isn't really a big deal for fantasy owners. He has run the ball just 22 times for 94 yards and a touchdown through the first two games of the season.

Eli Manning and the passing game has carried the Giants with great success. The fact head coach Tom Coughlin has two good running backs to turn to in Andre Brown and David Wilson means Bradshaw should be a game-time decision on your fantasy team each week.

It's a neck injury that is hurting Bradshaw, and those can be difficult injuries to play with, especially if you are a running back who lowers his helmet often.

The best running back option on the Giants is probably Brown, who could have a breakout game on Thursday versus the Carolina Panthers. If you play in an ESPN league, consider adding him off the waiver wire.

Andre Brown is the seventh most added #fantasyfootball player in ESPN leagues over the past 7 days. He's still available in 82% of leagues.

— ESPN Fantasy Sports (@ESPNFantasy) September 19, 2012

Brown didn't get a carry in Week 1, but he ran the ball 13 times in Week 2 for 71 yards and a touchdown.

With that being said, it's not exactly a safe option to rely on any of this team's running backs. The New York defense hasn't played well thus far, and if they continue to fall behind early, Manning will be forced to throw a lot. Even if they aren't trailing, passing the ball is the best way for the Giants offense to be effective.

Even though he's a good running back, and a starter on a quality team when healthy, Bradshaw has only rushed for over 1,000 yards once in his career and has never reached double-digit rushing touchdowns.

Bradshaw isn't a real threat as a receiver, either. Therefore, if he continues to deal with this neck injury, he's only a No. 3 or a No. 2 RB option at best for the rest of the season.

If you can, trade Bradshaw to someone in your league with little depth at the position or look at the waiver wire for a replacement.