David Wilson vs. Andre Brown: Fantasy Values After Ahmad Bradshaw's Release

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIFebruary 7, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:  David Wilson #22 of the New York Giants carries the ball as  Kurt Coleman #42 of the Philadelphia Eagles defends at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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David Wilson and Andre Brown may be the New York Giants' backfield committee in 2013. For the time being, let’s assume that Ahmad Bradshaw’s severance from New York’s roster is a permanent situation: ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reported Wednesday that the team released Bradshaw.

The running back spoke to ESPN’s Josina Anderson following the news release, offering an explanation for why the Giants cut him: “I saw it coming because of the money.”

Just got off the phone with Ahmad Bradshaw. Confirms @profootballtalk report of his release. Quotes coming. #Giants

— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 6, 2013

Here is what Ahmad Bradshaw told me about his release: "I saw it coming because of the money. Everything is (cont) tl.gd/kv33cr

— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 6, 2013

According to ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk, Bradshaw told WFAN radio that reuniting “was mentioned[…]and there is always a door open on my side.” The veteran is only 26 years old—he’ll be 27 in March—so it isn’t at all difficult to imagine him catching on with an NFL team for the 2013 season.

In the quite likely event that Bradshaw’s place of employment is outside of New York next year, Wilson and Brown should be counted upon to assume the duties of the top two running backs on the depth chart. Both averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry and ran for between 350 and 400 yards in 2012.

The former first-round pick scored six all-purpose touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving and one kickoff return), while the former fourth-round pick punched in eight rushing scores—in 10 games. He could be a TD vulture in 2013, as Bleacher Report’s Alex Dunlap points out:

With all the talk of it being "David Wilson Time" let's not forget the Giants re-signed Andre Brown who was a TD hog before breaking his leg

— Alex Dunlap (@AlexDunlapNFL) February 6, 2013

Brown’s scores were of the typical vulture variety: His eight TDs were from a combined 11 yards out. Three touchdowns came from two yards away; the other five were goal-line-type plunges. By contrast, Wilson’s shortest score was a six-yard run. He converted plays of six, 14, 15, 40, 52 and 97 yards for touchdowns.

The two are not the same player.

Wilson’s the more attractive fantasy commodity for a couple of reasons: He’s a threat to score from anywhere on the field and Brown is not the picture of NFL durability. Brown has had 75 touches in 13 career games since being drafted four seasons ago.

The sophomore’s immense upside makes him a possible steal as a solid fourth-round selection in fantasy drafts this summer, while Brown is now a viable midround pick as a flex option. Despite his injury history, Brown has upside of his own: He could have the carries to himself for long stretches of time if Wilson’s ball-security issues persist in his second season.

Bradshaw’s 221 carries from 2012 have to be divided up somehow.


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