Fancy fantasy football: Ahmad Bradshaw foots bill

      October 17, 2012 @ 15:48:30 PDT

Ahmad Bradshaw appears to have paid the price for carrying the rock a combined 57 times and catching it five total times in his past two games.

Tom Coughlin announced that his featured runner wouldn't practice on Wednesday because of a foot injury that's related to the stress fracture he endured for much of last season. Bradshaw has dealt with multiple foot injuries in his career.

New York Giants RBs David Wilson and Andre Brown
Wilson, Brown jockeying for position

As news reports have suggested, this latest issue isn't considered serious. Bradshaw intends to practice on Thursday. Coughlin also indicated that he'd like to continue to deploy Bradshaw that frequently.

But the coach seemed to make the comment with some resignation that such a hefty workload for Bradshaw from here on out would be unwise. Coughlin wants to avoid getting into a situation like last year's.

Bradshaw missed four weeks in 2011 when he initially sustained the crack in the bone. When he returned to action, he practiced only once a week. He could suit up every Sunday and was fairly effective, but he received no more than 16 carries in any of his final five contests.

And the injury didn't get better as the season wore on. If Bradshaw's workload were to remain hefty, the problem in his foot would almost definitely worsen. If he continues to play, it won't get any better.

Coughlin and the New York Giants were obviously pleased to be able to rely on their running game so often for the past couple of weeks. If they were to continue to do so while reducing Bradshaw's involvement, the team's other backs could be looking at a combined 12 to 15 touches per game.

Explosive rusher David Wilson seems to be back in Coughlin's good graces. Although he may not have the coaching staff's confidence in his readiness to protect Eli Manning on passing downs, Kevin Gilbride loves him and has been looking for ways to utilize him.

Andre Brown (who missed Week 6 with a concussion) was cleared to return to practice on Wednesday. His problems in the blocking department have already limited his opportunities when Bradshaw is healthy, too. But fantasy owners saw what he was capable of in Week 3 versus the Carolina Panthers.

Bradshaw's new old problem may not be as serious, at any point in 2012, as it was last season. The Giants will probably try to feed him the ball more than the 14 total times per game they did in their last five games of 2011. Wilson (per Tim, favored) and Brown (flavored) suddenly have more palpable prospects, however.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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