Ahmad Bradshaw: Fantasy Replacements for Injured Giants' RB

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 09:  Running back Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions breaks a run against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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As it’s looking more and more like Ahmad Bradshaw will sit, fantasy owners are scrambling for an amiable replacement during a playoff week (via Jenny Vrentas of The Star Ledger).

Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw has sprained knee. Not ruled out for Falcons game, but it doesn't look good: nj.com/giants/index.s…

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) December 12, 2012

Being late in the week and with many of the first options taken, the waiver wire looks to be full of five-carry no names. Never fear, this writer has sorted out the free agent trash.

Any of these three will help your team run to playoff riches in Week 15.

David Wilson (Available in 31% of Yahoo! Leagues)

It’s a long time from being in the doghouse for Wilson, who Coughlin benched in Week 1 after a fumble on his first carry.

In Week 15, he’s sitting at the head of the kitchen table following a three-touchdown explosion in the G-Men’s blowout win against New Orleans.

Hear what coach Tom Coughlin had to say about Wilson’s potential starting opportunity (via NY Daily News):

“The timing is great for David to come to the front,” Coughlin said. “And he’ll hopefully provide us with that spark we need right now to go along with the rest of our players to give us an added playmaker that people are going to have to — flat out have to — defend.”

New York likes to have a running game to supplement the passing game that carried them in last year's playoff run. On the other side, they’ll need a way to keep the dynamic Atlanta passing attack from getting more chances.

With Bradshaw potentially out and Andre Brown inactive, Wilson will get touches by default.

Luckily for Tom Coughlin, their backup has all sorts of talent. He’s the “pickup of the week” in your league, if available.

Joique Bell (Available in 69% of Yahoo! Leagues)

Bell has now become a feature of the Lions' offense, most noticeably after getting 12 more touches than any other Lions’ back last weekend against Green Bay. 

With Ryan Broyles and Titus Young sidelined by injury and suspension, respectively, Matthew Stafford doesn’t have much familiarity with who he’s throwing to.

As a result, Bell’s role in the passing game will increase and fantasy owners will reap the rewards in this Arizona matchup.

Don’t just take my word for it, soak in Yahoo! Fantasy columnist Brad Evans’ opinion too:

Joique Bell fantastic plug 'n play for worried Bradshaw owners who don't have Wilson. ARI allowed most fpts to RBs L5. Bell's role growing.

— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) December 13, 2012

Bilal Powell (Available in 85% of Yahoo! Leagues)

Want to wait it out and see if Bradshaw plays at game time?

Snag Powell and have a backup option available on Monday Night Football.

Powell may be part of a timeshare with Shonn Greene in the Jets' offense, but he’s far-and-away Rex Ryan’s favorite in red-zone situations.

Going by pure numbers, he has four scores in his last four contests and received 19 carries last Sunday in a competitive game.

With Bradshaw’s status uncertain, no need for Powell to be a free man on your waiver wire. There’s a ton of upside to be had with the Jets back on your roster.


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. He loves giving fantasy advice on Twitter. Follow him @TheRealShiek