Ahmad Bradshaw: Giants RB Is a Solid Fantasy Starter Despite Injury

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants in action against the Cleveland Browns during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Even though Ahmad Bradshaw sustained a foot injury late in the New York Giants' win over the San Francisco 49ers last week, he is a must-start in fantasy leagues.

The injury forced the running back to sit out of practice on Wednesday.

Initial concerns were that it was related to the stress fracture that bothered him last year, according to Jorge Castillo of The Star Ledger.

In his press conference with reporters this morning, Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw won't practice today, but will tomorrow. Coughlin wouldn't go into specifics other than it's "the same type of thing" Bradshaw has dealt with in the past.

Fortunately, Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News reports that this is just a minor injury and Bradshaw should be at full strength on Sunday.


Ahmad Bradshaw said someone stepped on his foot late in the 49ers game, and that the injury has nothing to do with previous stress fracture.

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 18, 2012

With the star returning to practice early in the week and keeping a positive attitude throughout, this should remove any doubts from fantasy owners.

Despite already missing time due to injury, Ahmad Bradshaw is the No. 14 scorer among running backs with 64 fantasy points in standard leagues. If you take away the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in which he left the game early, and the subsequent absence in Week 3, the running back is averaging 15.8 points per game.

Only Ray Rice and Arian Foster have a better weekly average at the position.

In addition, Bradshaw has been on fire in the last two games. He totaled 200 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in Week 5.  Perhaps even more impressively, he rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers, arguably the best run defense in the league. 

His success against the 49ers should quiet any doubts among those concerned with him facing the Washington Redskins, who have the No. 8 defense in the league, next week. 

Head coach Tom Coughlin has also silenced the idea that Andre Brown would be taking away carries from his starter after he kept the breaking star on the bench throughout the last two games.

Bradshaw has received an outstanding 57 carries in that time. 

That workload is certain to decrease as the Giants look to exploit the worst pass defense in the league, but there will still be plenty of opportunities for the veteran to have a good day.

The opinion on Bradshaw has changed dramatically over the past month. However, he is once again considered an elite fantasy running back and should remain in your lineup until further notice.


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