Week 3 RB Recap

Ryan Mathews will be out of action for at least a month which means Donald Brown is a must own. However, Donald Brown is not universally owned. After just 9 carries in his first two games Brown racked up 31 carries on Sunday against the Bills. He recorded just 62 rushing yards against a very tough Buffalo front seven but he did tack on 5 receptions for 27 yards. Brown is a lock for 20 plus touches per game for the next month with Mathews out of action. Donald Brown is still available in 10-35% of fantasy leagues.

Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 65 yards on 9 carries today against the Jaguars. He added 2 receptions for 18 yards and a receiving touchdown. He has averaged 12.3 touches per game through his first three games but expect that number to increase due to Trent Richardson’s sub 4.0 yards per carry average(again). Richardson is playing decently(for him) but Bradshaw is averaging 6.0 yards per carry thus far this season. Bradshaw also has 3 touchdowns and 0 fumbles to Richardson’s 0 touchdowns and 2 fumbles, 1 lost. Bradshaw is available in 15-30% of fantasy leagues. He is a fringe play at 12.3 touches per game but time will sort out this issue.

Andre Brown For Thursday

New York Giants running back Andre Brown is a must start in week three if Ahmad Bradshaw remains out with a neck injury.

Analysis: Ahmad Bradshaw left Sunday’s game against Tampa with a neck sprain and now his status for his week three contest with the Carolina Panthers is up in the air. What further compounds the situation is the Carolina game is this Thursday which will severely limit Bradshaw’s recovery time. With neck injuries it’s never worth the risk and it appears that Bradshaw will miss the game.

Enter Andre Brown into the mix who carried the rock thirteen times to David Wilson’s three carries in week two. Wilson may be a first round pick but he has struggled mightily as a pro thus far. Brown rushed for 71 yards and a score on those thirteen carries as well as catching two balls for nineteen yards. It appears that he will start in week three and he should be on the end of twenty or so carries which means he is a fantasy must start this week. He’s available in just about every league but he will be going fast.

Is Ahmad Bradshaw A RB2?

With New York Giant running back Ahmad Bradshaw re-signing it’s time to assess his fantasy value.

Analysis: In mock drafts Bradshaw is coming off the board as the sixteenth running back but it is unlikely he will repeat his 2010 performance. His 2010 season actually was not without flaw. Bradshaw did fumble the ball seven times in 2010 and that is not what you look for in a fantasy running back. But more importantly we must consider that Brandon Jacobs will get more than the 147 carries he received in 2010. If Jacobs wants a new contact/restructured deal from the Giants we’ll see the best of Jacobs in 2011 and that means less of Bradshaw. I’m not saying Bradshaw won’t near 200 carries this year but the 276 carries he amassed last year is out of the question. Last year was Bradshaw’s celing in terms of touches and production and to bank on it again at an ADP of 33 is reckless. Ryan Mathews and LeGarrette Blount are being taken around Bradshaw’s ADP and each offer more upside and little threat in terms of touches. If you factor in the nagging injuries Bradshaw always has- you have an unreliable RB2, but a RB2 nonetheless.