Ahmad Bradshaw: Assessing Giants RB's Week 8 Fantasy Value

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Running back Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants celebrates a first down against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter on October 14, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.   The Giants won 26-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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You're nervous. I get it. Ahmad Bradshaw has officially been listed as questionable for this weekend's tilt against the Dallas Cowboys.

It'll be okay. Come here. Let me console you.

Bradshaw is like the Terminator or Jason, injuries don't stop him. He looks at the affected area, grins and suits up. 

And then he usually runs for a bunch of yards and a touchdown. 

Maybe he just hates practice. Can you blame him? He's been with the New York Giants since the '80s (at least it seems like it) and likely knows every play better than Marcus Pope understands the streets.

In all seriousness, Bradshaw only practiced once last week and then ran for 43 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries against the Washington Redskins. His average was only 3.7, but he's still garnering 4.7 yards per carry on the season.

Plus, the Skins are the seventh best team against the rush (although that could be skewed because of their terrible secondary). The Cowboys are 14th and have lost their best linebacker

Dallas also has one of the best secondaries yard-wise in the league and it isn't surprising. The offseason acquisitions of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne was the biggest talent infusion into any single unit across the NFL.

The Cowboys may not be ballhawks as they only have two interceptions (the aforementioned Sean Lee had one), but they do a great job of limiting the aerial damage. 

Thus, the Giants will turn to their running game to force those corners to creep up. And the closer they are to the line of scrimmage, the more likely that Bradshaw will find a seam and burst by them. 

Now, it is possible that Bradshaw will not be able to go this week. But this is the Cowboys. A division rival that walked into their house and took the season opener. It's unlikely that they will keep him off the field. 

Start him.