The New York Giants finally have a solid running back at their disposal in Andre Brown, whom fantasy owners hopefully scooped off the waiver wire before his successful return in Week 10.
From this point forward, Andre Brown is a _______ fantasy running back.
Brown was supposed to split carries with the now-injured David Wilson while assuming the goal-line touches before breaking his leg in the preseason. During his season debut against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Tom Coughlin made it immediately clear that Brown is New York's top running back going forward.
In his first taste of action in 2013, Brown rushed for 115 yards on 30 carries, while Peyton Hillis received just five handoffs. Brown, who scored eight touchdowns for the Giants last season, found the end zone on a one-yard run during the fourth quarter.
The 6'0", 227-pound back is a bruiser in the trenches who also displays enough vision and speed to operate between the 20s. He can also protect quarterback Eli Manning, which will earn him plenty of time on third downs.
New York has struggled all season to establish a rushing game, but it has continued to try despite its shortcomings. With a capable runner in Brown now returning to the mix, expect the Giants to provide him with plenty of touches to make him a fantasy starter.
As long as Brown remains healthy, he's a must-add who soars up to No. 2 running back status.