Andre Brown: Big Night for Giants RB Makes Him Attractive Flex Option Each Week

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:  Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants breaks away from Charles Godfrey #30 of the Carolina Panthers for a long gain during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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With over 100 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start, Andre Brown burst on to the list of "Most Likely to be added" before Week 4 action begins.

Filling in for the injured Ahmad Bradshaw, Brown took the reigns early and often for the New York Giants, exploding for 77 yards by the end of the first quarter and ending the night with 113 yards on 20 carries in his team's big win over the Carolina Panthers.

The fourth year back from North Carolina State has emerged as a legitimate threat to Bradshaw's carries on a week-to-week basis, and might even warrant the same kind of two-back system Tom Coughlin employed with Brandon Jacobs for the past several seasons.

Not only does his arrival mean playing time juggling in the Giants' lineup, it also makes for lineup juggling in your fantasy team this next week.

Odds are, if you're in a league with 12 teams or less, Brown currently isn't on your roster. With other options at running back, why should he be before now, since his only action came in relief of Bradshaw during the Giants' Week 2 come back victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If you're in a 16-team league (which I currently am) odds are he's already been picked up after the slim selections each week warrant more moves than in a league with a wider range of players.

Either way, Brown should be on all rosters by this time next week, and you should be faced with a pretty interesting decision on whether to start him or not going forward. Brown has several positive take-aways from this game and from the history of his franchise that make him a No. 2 back with No. 1 back fantasy potential.

In Kansas City, Peyton Hillis and Jamaal Charles share the duties. Michael Bush and Matt Forte are a duo, which has led to Bush coming to the forefront already this season. Kevin Smith and Mikel LeShoure look to create a position controversy this week when the latter returns from suspension.

Bottom line, running back is a hit-and-miss position in this league for fantasy production, unless you have a bona fide star leading the way like Adrian Peterson or Ray Rice. Even Arian Foster, the No. 1 pick in many leagues, has Ben Tate sniffing his red-zone carries away in early victories this year. 

Brown enters that mix this week, and it should stay that way for the remainder of the season.

While Ahmad Bradshaw is a talented runner and has done the job better than any back in the past few seasons for the Giants, he has a penchant for injury and isn't exactly what you would call an inside-the-tackles runner.

Also, having a guy like Brown, who showed ability to bounce off would-be tacklers in the games against Carolina and Tampa Bay, can take pressure off Bradshaw in the red zone. That won't make Bradshaw's fantasy owners happy, but it bodes well for Brown, who could take the role of a Brandon Jacobs.

Like Michael Bush and Ben Tate, this guy is going to be hit-and-miss. But he's an attractive flex option, at least in the next few weeks, because New York's offense is booming and he's shown a nose for the end zone with some solid between-the-tackles running ability.