Andre Brown: Dropping Injured RB from Fantasy Squads Would Be a Mistake

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 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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Andre Brown is worthy of a spot on your fantasy roster.

Brown, 25, won't be playing this week against the San Francisco 49ers—he didn't make the cross-country trip out to Candlestick Park, the result of a concussion he suffered last week against the Cleveland Browns.

The only players not making the trip to SF are Rocky Bernard, Andre Brown and Kenny Phillips #giantschat twitter.com/Giants/status/…

— New York Giants (@Giants) October 13, 2012

 

New York Giants' Ramses Barden cleared; Andre Brown concussed dlvr.it/2HV8b1

— ESPN New York (@ESPNNewYork) October 8, 2012

Why should you hang on to a concussed running back who has a grand total of 40 carries over his three-year career?

Because Brown is going to return to action, and when he does, he's going to be a part of the Giants' running attack.

It's not as if the Giants' starter, Ahmad Bradshaw, has a track record of being able to stay healthy.

When Bradshaw was unable to play in Week 2 and Week 3, all Brown did was carry the ball 33 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Granted, it was against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers, but fantasy scores don't care who the opponent was—it's all about production.

While David Wilson is averaging a team-high 6.2 yards per carry, 40 of the 52 rushing yards he has on the season came on one play. He's carried the ball seven times for 12 yards otherwise—not exactly impressive numbers.

Brown is going to get more touches than Wilson when he returns to action, if for no other reason than he's been more productive than the rookie.

Consider the options sitting on your league's waiver wire. How many of the players that you could replace Brown with can show the same production over a two-week period this season?

Few, if any.

Andre Brown is going to help fantasy football teams again in 2012.

Don't make the mistake of dropping him so that he can help your opposition get the best of you.