Ahmad Bradshaw: Fantasy Owners Must Stick with Giants RB vs. Browns in Week 5

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants looks on against the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Don't give up. That best describes the motto of the New York Giants under Tom Coughlin and is certainly the saying to live by for Ahmad Bradshaw owners this season.

Because fantasy owners with the bowling ball back on their roster must stick with him this weekend. 

The Giants' veteran running back made his return in Week 4 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles from a neck injury suffered back in Week 2. Although Bradshaw never found the end zone or any big plays other than a 20-yard reception, he did manage to rush for 39 yards on 13 carries and catch three balls for 38 additional yards in his first appearance on the gridiron in two weeks.

Meanwhile, Bradshaw's temporary replacement, Andre Brown, could only muster 14 yards on five attempts against the Eagles. Brown's lackluster performance proved that the Giants' rushing struggles were more a product of Philadelphia's defensive dominance than New York's deficiencies.

As Week 4 concludes and Week 5 approaches, though, Bradshaw owners must stick with their bulky running back as he prepares to face off against the 0-4 Cleveland Browns in New York this weekend. Cleveland ranks 19th in the NFL defending the run this season and is giving up more than 117 yards on the ground per week.

The Browns gave up 101 rushing yards in their most recent matchup with the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4, surrendered 138 on the ground to the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, and allowed 150 rushing yards to the Eagles in their season opener. The Cincinnati Bengals are the only Browns' opponent to not rush for at least 100 yards against them this season.

Something tells me the Giants won't be joining the Bengals on that list this fall. Not at home just one week after losing in bitter fashion to a division rival.

After being held to just 82 rushing yards against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, New York's ground game exploded for 94 and 125 rushing yards in Weeks 2 and 3 respectively. A week after being out-rushed 191 to 57 by the Eagles, expect a lot more than 19 rushing attempts from New York vs. Cleveland and a hefty dose of Ahmad Bradshaw. 

Don't give up Ahmad Bradshaw owners, things will get much better in Week 5. After all, they can't get any worse. 


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