Ahmad Bradshaw: Fantasy Expectations for Giants RB vs. Redskins in Week 7

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07:  Running back Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Ahmad Bradshaw will play for the New York Giants this week and should be in everyone's starting lineups in fantasy football.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the running back will start in Week 7 against the Washington Redskins via Twitter.


Hearing Ahmad Bradshaw set to start today. Was listed as questionable

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 21, 2012


Bradshaw had missed practice all week with a foot injury, but the fact that he is starting should give fantasy owners enough confidence to stick with him.

More importantly, this is not related to the stress fracture that he had to deal with earlier, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.


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


The six-year veteran has been on an incredible hot streak recently. He rushed for 200 yards against the Cleveland Brown in Week 5 and then followed that up with 116 rushing yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

Not many running backs are able to have that kind of performance against the 49ers, but the Giants kept their faith in the star and gave him a chance to succeed with 27 carries.

Bradshaw has had a solid year already as the No. 14 running back in fantasy this season. However, it is even better when you realize that he missed almost two full games due to injuries. If you remove Weeks 2 and 3 from the equation, he is averaging 15.8 points per game.

Only Arian Foster and Ray Rice have been better at the position.

While this week's opponent, the Washington Redskins, have been much better at defending the run than the pass, the Giants have shown they are willing to give the ball to their running back with 57 carries in the last two games.

Additionally, the Redskins No. 8 run defense is a bit misleading. Only two teams have faced fewer rush attempts per game than Washington.

If New York is willing to give Bradshaw carries—which should not be an issue—the running back should do just fine.

Unless you have an elite group of running backs, you should have the Giants' starter in your lineup.


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