Donald Brown, RB, Chargers
|RB - #43||181.75||SD||Active||6 years||27||5'10||210||@Donaldb31|
2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-26-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Since San Diego is calling Ryan Mathews their bell cow, that would make Donald Brown an opportunistic handcuff if he can overtake Woodhead as the Chargers' No. 2 back. If not, he will have to wait for Mathews to miss his annual game or two. Brown's move to San Diego is smart for the franchise, considering Mathews' injury issues from years past. Brown can also contribute some value in the passing game. Last season in Indianapolis, he had 27 grabs for 214 yards and two TDs. Brown should earn about five to eight carries per game plus some extra work on passing downs. He will spell Mathews as needed and if he goes down to injury for a game or two (which is likely), Brown can make a fantasy impact in most league formats.
Last season, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews shook off the "injury-prone" label by playing a full season for the first time in his four-year career. But periods of good health for NFL players are fleeting, especially for running backs. Mathews is finding that out today; he has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his right knee. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mathews' sprain is severe enough to where he could be sidelined for four or five weeks. However, Mathews is hoping to play before that much time passes.Fantasy Analysis:
The Chargers will presumably slip Donald Brown into Mathews' early-down role. Danny Woodhead could also see a few more carries per week, but his biggest impact should still come as a receiver on third down. Brown should be a popular pickup this week -- perhaps not quite as popular as Knile Davis, but still pretty popular. Brown, an offseason pickup from the Colts, ran for 21 yards on seven carries Sunday. He also caught three passes for 10 yards.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/15 - Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could miss 4-5 weeks due to sprained MCL
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|14.02||FFToolbox - Scott - Donald Brown is a perfect fit for the Chargers system. Yeah Matthews turned it around last season, but with Matthews entering a contract year, the Chargers are hedging their bet. Don't be surprised to see Brown outshine Matthews if he runs like he did last season.|
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