The hype around the return of New York Giants running back Andre Brown to the lineup in Week 10 after he suffered a broken leg in preseason, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, has fantasy owners expecting huge numbers right away.
While picking up Brown off the waiver wire is a must in all standard-format leagues, he should not be in the starting rotation until the Giants decide how they will handle the workload and Brown proves he’s back to normal.
New York is desperate to get the running game going once again, since it is ranked 30th in the NFL with just 69.9 yards per game. The return of Brown will make up for the confirmed loss of David Wilson for the rest of the season.
Wilson was injured in October after amassing 146 rushing yards and one touchdown, and he was finally placed on injured reserve this week, per Vacchiano. Add in the midseason signing of veterans Brandon Jacobs (154 yards and three touchdowns) and Peyton Hillis (106 yards and one touchdown), and the once thin Giants backfield is now congested.
Jacobs and Hillis are still fighting for a spot on the roster, and fantasy owners should expect a slow transition for Brown back into the starting rotation.
He has the most talent of any healthy back on the roster and should win the job outright soon enough. That doesn’t mean head coach Tom Coughlin will hand him the starting role, though.
As if the timeshare wasn’t concerning enough, the Week 10 matchup against the Oakland Raiders isn’t as appealing as it looks on paper. While Oakland has struggled against the pass, the Raiders run defense is ranked sixth in the league, allowing just 94.6 yards per game.
Fantasy owners were right to pick up Brown off the waiver wire or stash him on the IR, but starting him in Week 10 is not the right course of action. Reassess the situation next week.
Predicted Fantasy Stat Line: Eight carries for 40 yards and zero touchdowns; two receptions for 15 yards and zero touchdowns.
All stats via NFL.com. Based on standard-scoring leagues.