If you drafted Ahmad Bradshaw in your fantasy pool the way I did, it’s safe to say you were probably pretty nervous about it. I for one never wanted Bradshaw even though he is on my roster right now, but someone snagged Reggie Bush right before me. Since Bush is the centerpiece of a team with limited offensive options, many have picked him to compete for this year’s rushing title and I think it’s safe to say he’ll do better than our boy Bradshaw because he’ll get considerably more touches. This is assuming both players stay healthy, which can’t be said for Bradshaw anymore because he sat out last night’s win over the Carolina Panthers.
So if you’re like me and you lost a free agent bidding war for Brown, you were planted on the edge of your seat just hoping that Andre Brown and David Wilson struggled to produce or hold on to the football. For what it’s worth I think Wilson has been given a raw deal and an unfit punishment for fumbling in the opening week against the Dallas Cowboys, but then again the fact that he cried like a baby on the sidelines afterwards is probably something the Giants coaching staff viewed as mental weakness and it was most likely a contributing factor that has relegated Wilson to kick returns ever since.
As for hoping that Brown would somehow fail to produce…it didn’t happen. During last night’s telecast I heard that the former North Carolina State running back has been cut seven times in his short NFL career and last night, he proved that persistence pays off. Brown ran for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries in a 36-7 Giants victory. Depending on how much you listen to fantasy experts give their advice, I’m sure you knew at the beginning of the season that David Wilson was actually the main threat to take away carries from Bradshaw.
As it turns out it’ll be Brown that eats away at Bradshaw’s touches but the real question is how much will Bradshaw’s production decrease if and when he returns? and when will we owners reach the point where Bradshaw isn’t a viable option anymore? My advice is to hold onto Bradshaw for at least a few weeks, espescially if you didn’t get Brown and hope you can get by using a different back or receiver (I’m bringing in Lance Moore from the New Orleans Saints off the bench) and hope that you can keep your team competitive until Tom Coughlin or Bradshaw himself says he’s MIA for the long-term or now longer the feature back.
And of course…pay close attention to the waiver wire this week and be smart with your free agent bids.
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