Fantasy mini-camp: What can (Vincent) Brown do for the Chargers?
Division: AFC West
Team: San Diego Chargers
Situation: No. 2 wide receiver
Player to watch: Vincent Brown
If not for Danario Alexander's second half rise, the Chargers' wide receiver situation last season would have been pure disaster. Malcom Floyd was mostly eh and didn't reach 70 receiving yards over his last nine games. Robert Meachem's bust of a campaign, predictable but still brutal. Hampered by the Peter King fantasy football curse, Eddie Royal caught only 23 passes.
Then there was Vincent Brown, who went from training camp dynamo to the injured reserve list after breaking his ankle in August. Now the 24-year-old is on the comeback trail and quickly re-establishing himself within the Chargers' depth chart. For the first time this offseason, Brown worked with the starters during OTAs, rotating with Floyd in the spot opposite Alexander, the San Diego Union Tribune reported on Monday.
New head coach Mike McCoy, according to the U-T, anticipates Brown will "without a doubt" be a big part of San Diego's offensive attack. As a rookie in 2011, the former San Diego State product averaged a robust 17.3 yards on 19 receptions.
All the names mentioned above are back and the Chargers selected promising receiver Keenan Allen, meaning there should be a healthy competition during the preseason assuming Brown and others maintain good health (Allen slid to third round in part because of a lingering knee injury). Only Alexander is worthy of a fairly early fantasy selection and even he might not be more than a WR3 on draft day. Still, McCoy's a noted offensive mind and Philip Rivers needs a comeback campaign, so expect passes flying in Charger land.
Antonio Gates might be a TE1, but that speaks more to the uncertainty at that position than the aging threat's relevance. Floyd has tremendous size, but not stellar upside and the other veterans are just guys. With his impressive route-running skills, Brown is the one to watch, not just in terms of the Chargers, but when compiling a list of fantasy sleepers.
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