Call it thunder and lightning. Call it the starter and the back-up. Call it a timeshare, platoon, backfield by committee or change of pace. Call it whatever you want. All that is known is that the New York Giants said that Ahmad Bradshaw will return as the starting running back when they face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
That means that Andre Brown will not remain in the starting backfield, despite his breakout performance in a blowout win against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football a week ago.
For fantasy football owners, that is about all the clarification I can provide at this point.
Everyone should have known that while Brown was very impressive, Bradshaw would not lose his starting job after sitting out one game due to a neck injury. It was never going to happen. With that being said, head coach Tom Coughlin did say that Brown “definitely” earned a role with his huge game last week.
How much of a role Brown earned is to be determined on Sunday.
All we know is that Bradshaw will start. We don’t even know for certain if he will receive that many more carries than Brown. In fact, depending on the pace of the game, Brown could still receive more carries than Bradshaw. It is unlikely, but it should not be ruled out either. Anything is possible.
The only thing that does not appear plausible, or even possible at this point, is that rookie first round draft pick David Wilson will have much of an impact at all going forward. His spot in Coughlin’s dog house appears to be one that could be quite lengthy.
Coughlin is going to favor Bradshaw for the most part, although he will go with whatever player has the ‘hot hand.’ He should see most of the carries, with Brown serving as the third down and goal line back. For fantasy football owners, that could spell trouble for teh value of both players, as both Bradshaw and Brown should cut into each other’s production.
It should be a situation to be avoided for at least this week’s game, as owners would be wise to see how things play out after at least one game. Unless you do not have any better options, neither player is recommended as more than a RB2 or flex player this week. Bradshaw is still projected to put up more points than Brown, but as far as who puts up more points at the end of the game, that is very much up in the air.
After all, you remember how things worked out with Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs? What about Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne? One was the the thunder while the other was the lightning.
But both caused for a frustrating fantasy football situation.
It is back once again.