27-Year-Old Running Back – San Diego Chargers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Despite having arguably his best season Ė setting career highs with 5.3 YPC and 27 receptions Ė last year, Brown couldn't stick with the Colts and now will have to settle for trying to wrestle carries...
Donald Brown Contract Information:
Agreed to terms with the Chargers in March 2014.
Brown had one carry for seven yards and two receptions for two yards on Sunday against the Rams.
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.
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Donald Brown: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)It remains to be seen exactly how much Brown will play in his first game back, since suffering the concussion in Week 5, but he is available and will likely share carries with Branden Oliver.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Brown's status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins is still cloudy, but his return to practice Wednesday is clearly a step in the right direction for the running back, who last saw game action in Week 5. With Ryan Mathews iffy this week and the team on bye in Week 10, the Chargers may continue to feature Branden Oliver on Sunday, with an eye toward having an intact backfield on hand in Week 11.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Brown will likely have to step into a backup role behind upstart running back Vick Ballard and the newly acquired Ahmad Bradshaw heading into 2013.
Brown finished with just 29 more yards from scrimmage last season than the year before, but his 4.8 YPC mark was easily a career high, as were his five touchdowns. He missed the first four games of the season but looked like a much-improved player after returning. The former first-round pick enters 2012 as the favorite for carries in Indy for the first time in his career, as Joseph Addai is no longer around. Heíll have to beat out Delone Carter, who was a major disappointment as a rookie. While the teamís offense should improve with Andrew Luck taking over QB duties, itís still likely to be below average, and Brown doesnít project to be a true workhorse.
Two years into the league, Brown looks like a bust. The former first-round pick has constantly battled injuries, and when on the field, heís averaged just 3.8 YPC during his career while struggling in pass protection, which isnít acceptable in Indianapolis. As a result, the Colts drafted Delone Carter, and re-signed Joseph Addai, so Brown enters 2011 likely no better than third on the depth chart.
Brown failed to impress during his rookie year, getting just 3.6 YPC while constantly battling injuries. The Coltsí offensive line is built more to protect Peyton Manning than run block, but 29.8 percent of Brownís carries went for no yards or lost yardage, which was the worst percentage of any back in football. Brown is faster and possesses more big-play ability than Joseph Addai, but he needs to prove he can stay healthy and improve in pass protection. The only way Brown isnít on the lesser end of a timeshare is if injuries strike Addai, who has proven to be brittle in the past. If Brown were thrust into a feature role in the Coltsí potent offense, heís the type of late-round flier who could win your fantasy league for you.
Indianapolis selected Brown, an early-entry junior, with the No. 27 pick in the draft. He led the nation in rushing last season with 2,083 yards (5.7 YPC) and 18 touchdowns. Brown has excellent vision with good instincts but isnít overly powerful. He ran a 4.51 40 at the Combine, which was faster than Knowshon Moreno, Chris Wells and Shonn Greene. He projects as a similar runner to new teammate Joseph Addai. While Colts GM Bill Polian has compared Brown to Thurman Thomas, coach Jim Caldwell has said Addai remains the teamís No. 1 back. Thatís not surprising given the veteran culture of the NFL, but a statement made in April hardly matters come September and beyond. Addai is solid in pass protection and effective as a receiver, but heís injury-prone and averaged 3.5 YPC last season. Over the past two seasons, heís got just 3.9 YPC despite playing for one of the leagueís elite offenses. Addai may be the safer choice, but we already know what he can, and more appropriately canít, do, whereas Brownís ceiling is unknown. With Addai so injury-prone and the Colts producing so many scoring opportunities, Brown could pay huge dividends.