Andre Brown: New York Giants RB's Nose for End Zone Makes Him a Fantasy Keeper

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Running back Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants prior to a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Few if any running backs in the NFL this season have done more with less than New York Giants back Andre Brown.

The third-year player out of North Carolina State has touched the ball just 60 total times for the defending Super Bowl champions but has turned those opportunities into 313 total yards and six touchdowns. Brown's averaging a score every 10 touches in 2012, which is spectacular by backup running back standards.

Although Brown banged up his shoulder in the Giants' Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano reported via Twitter that the injury was "good":

DT Chris Canty said he doesn't believe his groin injury is serious. And RB Andre Brown said his injured shoulder is "good". #NYG

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) November 5, 2012


Vacchiano also tweeted the following on Sunday following Brown's sixth rushing touchdown:

I like Andre Brown. ... But I would not like him if I had Ahmad Bradshaw on my fantasy football team. ... Total Touchdown vulture. #NYG

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) November 4, 2012


Sure, Brown's nose for the end zone is a nightmare for Ahmad Bradshaw owners, but it's also what makes Tom Coughlin's second running back option so valuable.

Brown has only carried the ball in six games this year but has failed to score in only one game in which he had a rushing attempt. That speaks volumes about his remarkable efficiency in the New York backfield.

The Baltimore native has scored more fantasy points with fewer carries than Maurice Jones-Drew, Steven Jackson and Ryan Mathews so far this season. It's safe to say that Brown is worth holding on to this fall.

Even if Brown doesn't maintain his 4.8 yards-per-carry and 8.1 yards-per-reception averages, he is a scoring machine and has an unrivaled nose for the end zone. He has scored a touchdown in each of the Giants' past three games and is tied for third in the NFL for most rushing touchdowns, trailing only Arian Foster and Doug Martin after nine weeks.

Despite the return of Bradshaw a few weeks back, Brown has still been New York's most efficient rusher, and that doesn't look like it will change anytime soon. 

It doesn't matter if Brown only carries 25 percent of the load for the Giants' running game the rest of the season, because his knack for scoring touchdowns makes him a fantasy stud and, more importantly, a keeper.


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