Week Seventeen Analysis: While he was visibly slowed by his knee injury, Ahmad Bradshaw was still healthy enough to push David Wilson back to the bench—the rookie totaled just four snaps in Baltimore. Unfortunately, Bradshaw has only scored once in his last seven games, he's coming off a 39-yard clunker, and he only managed 39 yards against Philadelphia when he was fully healthy in September. The Eagles have given up over 100 total yards AND a touchdown to four consecutive starting backs, but it's hard to imagine the hobbled Bradshaw following suit.
Week Fourteen Analysis: With Andre Brown out of the picture, Ahmad Bradshaw's 24 carries and 103 yards against Washington each represented his best marks in his last six games. Although he's scored just once in his last five outings, Bradshaw's been running hot, and a date with New Orleans is a dream matchup in the first week of many fantasy postseasons. The Saints rank dead last against opposing backs in both rushing and receiving yardage. Michael Turner scored and ran for 6.9 yards per carry against the Saints last week, despite averaging just 3.5 yards per carry coming into the game. If he can do it, literally anybody can.
Week Fourteen Analysis: I'm pissed…..wait, that was last week. I'm overjoyed! The fantasy playoffs are here! If you are still in the market for a decent wide receiver, T.Y. Hilton might fit your flex or WR2 needs. He's available in about 60% of ESPN leagues but you will need to grab him now before he's gone. He was targeted 12 times last week by Andrew Luck and has 100 receiving yards in three of his last five games and has scored five touchdowns.
Week Thirteen Analysis: Last Sunday night's game against Green Bay was pivotal for Ahmad Bradshaw's fantasy value. Not only did he look as healthy and dynamic as ever, en route to 119 combo yards and a score, but Andre Brown's season-ending injury removed a vulture who'd sniped short touchdowns in five consecutive games. With his chronic foot problems, Bradshaw's never going to be a consistent 20-plus-carry kind of guy, but he's currently the only viable short-yardage option in New York. Washington is the league's third-ranked run defense in terms of yardage, but Bradshaw has scored seven times in his last six meetings with the ‘Skins, and that trend should continue here.
Week Ten Analysis: Ahmad Bradshaw has only scored once in the last three weeks, while averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and 64 combo yards per game. Meanwhile, Andre Brown has done his best Brandon Jacobs impression, scoring one-yard touchdowns in three consecutive games. The Bengals are giving up 143 combo yards and over a touchdown per game to opposing backs, but last week they slammed the door on Willis McGahee, and Bradshaw's scoring chances have taken a major hit with Brown dominating the goal-line work. It's hard to get excited about Bradshaw this week despite what looks like a favorable matchup on paper.
Week Nine Analysis: Ahmad Bradshaw has come crashing back to reality after a two-game hot streak that saw him rack up 349 combo yards and two touchdowns. In his last two games he's scored once, while averaging a more typical 72 combo yards. He's also aggravated his chronic foot injury and ceded a pair of goal line scores to Andre Brown, so everything feels normal now. Pittsburgh is still an upper echelon unit that's held power runners BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Alfred Morris each out of the end zone and under 70 combo yards the last two weeks. It's a tough matchup for a guy whose arrow is pointing in the wrong direction.
Week Eight Analysis: Ahmad Bradshaw has now scored in three straight games, but last week the Giants really scaled back his workload. In his two previous games, Bradshaw had averaged 31 touches for 175 combo yards. However, he only notched 16 touches for 65 combo yards against Washington, and he was also sniped at the goal line by Andre Brown. Dallas is an above-average run defense that's surrendering just 3.8 yards per carry, but they just lost star linebacker Sean Lee, and Bradshaw managed 93 combo yards and a score against them in the opener. Bradshaw remains a borderline No. 1 fantasy back this week.
Week Seven Analysis: Just one month removed from seemingly losing his job to Andre Brown, Ahmad Bradshaw might be the hottest back in the NFL. His 229 combo yards and a score against Cleveland two weeks ago felt like a matchup-induced fluke, but last week's 120 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco cannot be ignored. The Redskins' above-average numbers against opposing backs are artificially inflated by a lack of attempts—due to a defunct pass defense, only one team is facing fewer carries per week than Washington's 18.5. It's a winnable matchup, and Bradshaw simply has too much momentum to consider benching him at this point.
Week Six Analysis: Following Andre Brown's concussion last week, Ahmad Bradshaw went berserk on Cleveland, rumbling to precisely 200 rushing yards. This week he faces a defense that has allowed about twice that many rushing yards…o over the span of the entire season. The Giants have been involved in many high-scoring games this year so even facing a stingy defense such as the Forty-Niners you have to assume they'll score a few points. That said, if Bradshaw is going to score a touchdown it will likely have to come on a screen pass, since San Francisco has not allowed a rushing touchdown at home since November of 2010.
Week Five Analysis: After receiving 16 touches to Andre Brown's six, the balance of power has clearly shifted back to Ahmad Bradshaw. In his only true action as the Giants' lead back this season, Bradshaw totaled 93 yards and a touchdown against Dallas in the opener. That's been his M.O. over the last few years—you can expect good-not-great yardage, with about a 50-50 shot at a touchdown. Cleveland's run defense has been shockingly solid this year. They've joined Minnesota, Houston and San Francisco as one of the only four teams yet to allow a rushing score, and they just held Ray Rice to 49 yards on 18 carries. This matchup isn't nearly as good as you'd think.
Week Two Analysis: An early fumble by hotshot rookie David Wilson resulted in extra work for Ahmad Bradshaw in the opener, and he took advantage, tallying 93 combo yards and a score against the Cowboys. While he's topped 90 rushing yards just once in his last 20 games, Bradshaw has now scored 12 times in his last 13 regular season contests. Tampa Bay ranked dead last against opposing backs in both yardage and scoring last season, and DeAngelo Williams' flop last week had more to with a misguided Carolina game plan than anything else. Bradshaw is a strong start this week.
Week One Analysis: With dynamic rookie David Wilson quickly establishing himself, Ahmad Bradshaw's days as a starter are numbered, but for now, he's still the main man. Bradshaw has been a high-floor, low-ceiling No. 2 fantasy back the last two seasons. While he's dipped below 50 combo yards just four times in his last 32 games, he's only cracked 90 rushing yards just once in his 19 contests. Although he scored twice against the Cowboys' above-average run defense last season, Bradshaw only totaled 69 rushing yards in the two meetings, so there's not a ton of upside here.
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