Ahmad Bradshaw: Fantasy Owners Must Avoid Giants RB in Week 4

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 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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There might be a running back controversy brewing in New York, though based on performance this season, Ahmad Bradshaw has no business being in the starting lineup as long as Andre Brown is healthy. 

Unfortunately, that is not going to be the case, as Bradshaw has been cleared to return from a neck injury and, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, will be in the starting lineup when the Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. 

As fantasy owners pay close attention to the situation involving Bradshaw and Brown, there does not seem to be a lot of faith in Bradshaw right now other than the fact he will get the first carries for the Giants. 

Bradshaw was solid before going down with the injury, having accumulated 94 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries. But he has not evolved as a runner in his six years as a professional. He still wants to dance around in the backfield to wait for something to open up rather than take what is given to him. 

After Bradshaw went down, Brown was outstanding. He put up 184 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries. The Giants seemed to make a more concerted effort to run the ball with Brown because he was going to attack the hole instead of wait for the big play that doesn't always come. 

The fact that Bradshaw is going to start the game doesn't really mean that much to me. It seems like it is just a way for Tom Coughlin to see what he really has in Bradshaw. He is still a running back with a tremendous amount of talent, though the odds of him getting back to the 1,200-yard seasons like he had in 2010 are slim. 

Brown is the better player right now. Coughlin sees that and will make sure that he gets his touches.

Fantasy owners are not going to like the two-back system, but sadly, Coughlin is not running his team to do what is in the best interest of fantasy owners. Assume that Bradshaw and Brown are going to get equal time this week, thereby limiting what either player can do, unless one of them manages to break a 50-yard run. 

Scour the waiver wire or look to your bench for fantasy production from a running back, particularly if you have Bradshaw on the roster. Until we see how Coughlin plans on using Bradshaw, you can't bet on him to produce numbers worthy of starting on your team.