Hello there, and welcome once again to Medical Monday. I’ll be your host, and hopefully we’ll come up with a better name. Hey, it’s between this or trying to telepathically guess someone’s color for your Monday morning time wasting game (seriously, there’s a five-step guide).
There were several injuries that will have a significant fantasy impact yesterday, most notably Matt Forte getting bent at an obtuse angle, and busting something. His owners need to immediately put a claim in on Michael Bush, the Bears backup who’s still surprisingly available in many leagues.
And then in the late game last night that was hardly a game at all there was another backfield injury that may not seem quite as significant at first, but it could create an opportunity for many, many running back needy managers.
During the Giants’ rout of the Packers (38-10), Andre Brown had a productive day while splitting carries with Ahmad Bradshaw. In fact, Brown received a slightly greater workload, finishing with 13 carries that he turned into 64 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and a touchdown. It was his largest workload since Week 4, a stretch of six games when he was injured and missed two weeks, which resulted in a lesser role, with his largest load only seven carries.
The lopsided numbers on the scoreboard quite obviously contributed to the Giants’ increased running on this specific night, but consider that during their last game in Week 10 there wasn’t exactly a chasm between Brown and Bradshaw either. That’s when Bradshaw finished with 10 carries for 57 yards against the Bengals, while Brown had seven carries for 65 yards and a touchdown, part of his five straight games with a score, and overall he’s had eight touchdowns on just 73 carries with only one game appearance that didn’t include a TD.
The past tense is used there, and the news here is buried purposely. I’m feeling unusually cheery on a Monday morning, so vibe ruining isn’t a high priority. That ends now. Sorry.
See all that nice, efficient production in those preceding paragraphs, and the potential for so much more production in an offense that’s constantly worried about Bradshaw snapping in half (he’s averaged 16.1 carries per game this year)? Yeah, you’re losing all of that now.
Brown broke is fibula during the fourth quarter last night, an injury so jarring that even the usually unshakeable Tom Coughlin admitted during his post-game press conference that it took “an awful lot out of the win“. But onwards we go, because the NFL waits for no man.
The next man up for both the Giants and for you is David Wilson, and while his share of the carries likely won’t meet the slice that Brown was getting (at least not immediately), he’ll still get a chunk of that sizable load and near even split, making him highly valuable on the waiver wire this week. This can’t be emphasized enough: this isn’t an offense that straps a bell on anyone, as a running back has eclipsed the 20-carry mark in only four of the Giants’ games this year.
How valuable Wilson is to you depends on the depth of your league, as Bradshaw will generally and likely still be on the high end of the split. Wilson is an immediate claim for Brown owners, but otherwise, those in 10-team leagues can be more conservative, because Knowshon Moreno is your target. Deep-ish leaguers (12 teams or more) can be more aggressive, and pursue Wilson’s strong flex-play value down the stretch.
And now the links part of the links post…
- Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner could be suspended for four games for PED use, though both have appealed the charge. [NFL News]
- If you’d like much more depressing news, here’s an injury roundup from someone who actually knows a thing or two about medical stuff. [Jene Bramel]
- So Ray Lewis could be back for Week 15? Neat. [Michael Silver]
- Greg Jennings will almost definitely return this week. That’s bad news for the few remaining James Jones owners. [Packers Official Twitter]