Andre Brown: Updated Fantasy Outlook and Analysis for Giants RB

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:  Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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New York Giants running back Andre Brown vultured a touchdown from Ahmad Bradshaw in Week 7, but you shouldn't expect this young man to be a consistent fantasy football player going forward. 

For the game, Brown only had six touches—five carries for 17 yards and the aforementioned touchdown, and one reception for 17 yards on one target. 

Bradshaw didn't exactly get to light up the stat sheet, either, as he carried the ball only 12 times in the game for 43 yards and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 22 yards on five targets.

If you watched the game, Bradshaw clearly wasn't happy about his limited touches, and he admitted as much to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk:

Bradshaw said exchange with TC was to run the ball more. Bradshaw is always going to play with emotion.

— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) October 22, 2012


From the outside looking in, I understand why Bradshaw was held back. He had been nursing his chronic foot injury in the week leading up to the team's game against the Washington Redskins, and I'm sure Tom Coughlin didn't want to overload his star running back. Furthermore, the Redskins are tough against the run, but vulnerable to the pass.

That said, Bradshaw isn't going to be satisfied with a lesser role going forward, as he clearly indicated with his demonstrative display of frustration, both on the field and on the sidelines.

So, what does it all mean for Brown and fantasy football?

While there's no doubt that Brown is a talented young man who can break off huge chunks of yardage on any given play, it's equally as evident that Bradshaw is the Giants' top running back going forward.

Unless he's injured, Coughlin is going to roll with his proven veteran.

Furthermore, rookie running back David Wilson was splitting reps with Brown during practice last week while Bradshaw took time off to rest his foot. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is eager to get his young running back involved, but recently said, "it's a process" (h/t the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano). 

About the only thing you should expect from Brown from a fantasy perspective is that he's going to vulture a touchdown or two here and there. He isn't going to get many opportunities to make his mark unless Bradshaw gets injured. 

Brown is a worthwhile investment to keep on your bench if you're in a deep league, but anyone expecting him to break out with 10-plus points on a weekly basis needs to calm down. It's not going to happen. 


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