Zach Brown
Zach Brown
29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Washington Redskins
Injury Oblique
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Brown's place among the top-ranked linebackers is an implausible outcome given that he was basically unwanted two years ago, but it's time to reckon with the fact he's a blue-chip IDP at this point, retread or not. Over the last two years, Brown shed the effort and instincts limitations that dogged him early in his career, allowing his rare athletic talent to finally shine through. His elite athleticism has helped him pile up huge tackle total, and that athleticism makes him a standout sack and interception threat, as well. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Redskins in March of 2018.
Struggled through injury in 2018
LBWashington Redskins
December 31, 2018
Brown said that he played through the 2018 season with a torn oblique and "should have sat out," JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Brown finished up the year with 96 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles, a stark decrease in production compared to his last two seasons. It now appears that part of the reason for Brown's statistical regression can be attributed to playing through a torn oblique for much of 2018, which the veteran linebacker describes as having been "painful every day." Brown will benefit from a full offseason to recover from his injury and attempt to bounce back in 2019. However, amidst reports that the Redskins are considering moving on from Brown, the 29-year-old's next chance could come elsewhere in the league.
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Measurables Review
How do Zach Brown's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 1"
250 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.44 sec
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
Broad Jump
116 in
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Zach Brown
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A 2012 second-round pick, Brown was considered a bust prior to last year, but an age-26 breakout after leaving Tennessee for Buffalo rehabilitated his stock. Always an incredible athlete, Brown's instincts often failed him in the past, keeping him on the bench despite enticing per-snap statistical volume. With a career-high 980 snaps last year, Brown's stats exploded as he finally hit his potential. Now with the Redskins, even if his real-life play falters, Washington likely lacks the alternatives to consider benching him. The stats should stay.
Brown’s fortunes took a turn for the better when the Bills’ 2016 second-round draft pick, Reggie Ragland, went down with a torn ACL early in training camp. Brown will likely be the main beneficiary of Ragland’s absence, and he is slated to assume the starting inside linebacker position alongside Preston Brown in Buffalo’s 3-4 scheme. The fifth-year man should see his snaps skyrocket, but there is no knowing for sure how much that will translate into fantasy production.
Brown is a slight injury worry after suffering a torn pectoral muscle Week 1 last year, but his IDP upside is among the best when he's healthy. Brown runs a 4.4 40 at 245 pounds, giving him major playmaking upside both as a pass rusher and in coverage. Despite playing less than 750 snaps both years, Brown averaged 92 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions in his first two years, and he scored two defensive touchdowns, as well. He needs to earn a three-down role in a fairly crowded linebacker group to ensure maximum snaps, however.
Consistency has been an issue with Brown going back to his days at North Carolina, so it wasn't shocking to see him follow up his exciting rookie season with uneven play in 2013. Blessed with 4.4 speed at around 245 pounds, Brown has shown the ability to make a huge impact in both coverage and the pass rush. He has 9.5 sacks in his first two seasons, along with four interceptions and two touchdowns, so his ceiling is rather high. Unfortunately, he'll remain a boom-or-bust pick in 2014 since his exact role in Tennessee's 3-4 defense is unclear. The Titans have all of Brown, Akeem Ayers, Wesley Woodyard and Zaviar Gooden as potential inside linebacker starters.
It would seem at a glance as if Tennessee is crowded at linebacker, but a closer look hints at a big role for Brown in 2013 nonetheless. Akeem Ayers plays a limited snap count and splits his time between linebacker and defensive end, Colin McCarthy has a long history of injury troubles (12 games missed the last two years) and third-round pick Zaviar Gooden is a speedy linebacker whose skill set is redundant to Brown's. The Titans are in any case compelled to give Brown more work in 2013 after he posted 92 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) in just 739 defensive snaps as a rookie.
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Disappears from injury report
LBWashington Redskins
December 12, 2018
Brown was not listed on the Redskins' injury report Wednesday.
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Could be facing release
LBWashington Redskins
December 12, 2018
Brown (illness) said he sees "the writing on the wall" with respect to his future in Washington, John Keim of reports.
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Limited by illness
LBWashington Redskins
December 9, 2018
Brown didn't start Sunday's 40-16 loss to the Giants due to an illness, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.
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Playing Week 14
LBWashington Redskins
December 9, 2018
Brown (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Giants, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.
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Carries questionable tag for Sunday
LBWashington Redskins
December 7, 2018
Brown (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants.
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