After Ahmad Bradshaw's huge game on Sunday, in which he carried the ball 30 times for a whopping 200 yards and a TD (Per ESPN), the question has to be asked: Is he for real, or was this just a one-time occurrence?
Basically, should fantasy owners buy or sell on Bradshaw after his first breakout performance of the season against Cleveland?
It has to be said that his monster game came against a Cleveland defense that is 26th in the NFL against the run (Per ESPN). So that definitely has to be taken into account. However, I'm willing to go out on a limb and buy Bradshaw's big day.
Bradshaw's been wildly inconsistent this year, and he's struggled with some nagging injuries that seemed to hamper his performance at times.
As a Bradshaw owner myself, it's been very frustrating, as I've expected a lot more out of him. But could this be the turning point for the Giants RB? The fact that Tom Coughlin has enough trust in Bradshaw to hand the ball to him 30 times—especially after an early fumble—speaks volumes, and is no doubt going to be good for his psyche.
Bradshaw looked to be playing with a renewed vigor, especially after his early turnover. And he finally looked healthy for the first time all year, which is a great sign for his fantasy owners.
Despite a very tough matchup next week against the 49ers defense, Bradshaw is now a must-start. He's shown the ability to break out at any time, and if he can remain healthy, he's a terrific fantasy option.
He may have struggled early on this year, but for the time being, he's the Giants' go-to back and is going to be getting a huge bulk of the carries in an offense that likes to establish the run.
He's got huge upside right now, and you don't want to miss out on it. So, we've got to buy Ahmad Bradshaw's big day and hope that he can parlay that into future success and be the star RB that he's more than capable of being.
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