Andre Brown: Fantasy Owners Should Keep Giants RB Planted Firmly on Bench

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Running back Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants prior to a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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What do the numbers 30, 200 and one have to do with New York Giants running back Andre Brown?

Those numbers represent the rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns Ahmad Bradshaw had on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. In other words, they represent the reason why Brown has pretty much lost all fantasy value for the foreseeable future.

While Brown was incredibly impressive when he came on in relief of Bradshaw against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and started against the Carolina Panthers, he apparently didn't do enough to prove to Tom Coughlin and the Giants' staff that he should be splitting touches out of the backfield with Bradshaw.

He had just five carries for 14 yards and a reception for four yards against the Philadelphia Eagles, and last Sunday didn't have a single touch (he did leave the game after suffering a concussion in the first quarter) while David Wilson broke free for a 40-yard touchdown run. 

At this point, the promising Brown looks like nothing more than a one-week wonder. If Wilson is truly out of Coughlin's doghouse, that probably means Brown won't even as many carries when Bradshaw needs a breather or in garbage time.

Now, I'm not saying you should drop Brown just yet. The fact remains that Bradshaw has been known to battle injuries—namely of the foot variety—and Brown could be an extremely valuable handcuff should the incumbent miss any time. 

Plus, there is always the possibility that Brown could steal the goal line role once he returns from injury. There is potential value in that as well, limited and unpredictable though that value may be.

So for now, the best way to handle Brown is to stash him on your bench, see how his role on the Giants develops moving forward and prepare to get him into your starting lineup immediately if Bradshaw gets hurt. 

Here's another number that relates to Browns: Two, as in the number of weeks it appears he will have had fantasy relevance this season.

It was fun while it lasted, huh? 


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