Fantasy Football Week 4: Why Owners Must Sit New York Giants Ahmad Bradshaw

Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 28, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants reacts against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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There are two things that make fantasy owners cringe: injuries and shared playing time.

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will have fantasy owners cringing up until kickoff Sunday night due to his neck injury and teammates' play.

Here are three reasons Bradshaw should be on your bench rather than in your starting lineup: 


Bradshaw could reinjure his neck

Injuries can't be projected or assumed. Bradshaw may be in for one play; you just never know. Fantasy owners can't afford to have a guy participate in one play. Talk about losing a week; that would kill fantasy teams across the world.

Check out a comment from Bradshaw in this piece from Ohm Youngmisuk of and make a judgement for yourself: 

"I love it," Bradshaw said. "Like I said, I have no symptoms. I will just wait for the game and the first hit."

The fact that he has no symptoms is great, but the last part is concerning, no? "I will just wait for the game and the first hit"? Someone who admits that he is unsure about what will happen following a hit won't play on my fantasy team that week.

He shouldn't be on yours, either. 


Sharing carries

Andre Brown has impressed in his short stint as the Giants' starting running back. He rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries last week at Carolina.

Brown has proven that he can provide a change of pace, something that the Giants offense needs. New York would be crazy to give all the carries to Bradshaw coming off his injury and coming off of Brown's performances.

Why not run it until the well is dry? Brown should at least split carries this week at Philadelphia.


Giants and NFL can be pass-happy

New York has thrown the football 47 more times than they have rushed it. Manning has accounted for 118 pass attempts (David Carr, two pass attempts) while the running backs have accounted for 73 carries.

That averages out to 40 attempts through the air compared to 24 on the ground. Welcome to today's NFL.


Fantasy projection

One play makes a fantasy football week. However, with the uncertainty on how many carries Bradshaw will receive, taking a chance on a bench player or someone in free agency would be the better play.  

Bradshaw rushes for 39 yards on 10 carries.