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|Itís a sorry state of affairs when a teamís top fantasy option on offense is a former 1st round pick who enters his 4th year in the league with career highs of 645 rushing yards and 205 receiving yards. But thatís the case with Donald Brown and the Colts in 2012. While Brown was surprisingly decent in 2011, the fact remains that he has started just 11 games in three years with most of the starts coming due to injuries to former Colt Joseph Addai and has topped 70 yards rushing just three times. Hey, just how promising can a guyís prospects be when he started his most successful season getting exactly zero carries over the first four games of that season? With a cast of players ill-suited to be a feature back, the Colts are staring squarely at a running back by committee approach in 2012 with Brown the front runner to get the most carries. He rates as a RB4 with some decent risk but also some upside if he can figure out the path to success isnít dancing in the backfield.
|Woodhead expected to be key cog again -- Thu Jul 23 6:50 pm --|
Career-high 76 catches in 2013
|San Diego missed Danny Woodhead last season after he suffered a broken fibula on his first carry of the third game of the season. He is a cog to what the Chargers do on third down and the passing game, catching a career-high 76 passes in 2013. Branden Oliver projects as a quality change-of-pace option. Donald Brown arguably is the Chargers' top back in protection, not allowing a sack or quarterback hit in 60 assignments last year. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: The Chargers don't appear likely to go away from their RBBC ways just because they drafted Melvin Gordon; while the rookie to make some noise on third down from time to time, expect San Diego to try and recreate the passing-down role Woodhead beautifully handled in 2013. It should come as no surprise if Gordon is a steady fantasy RB2 and Woodhead becomes a consistent flex play (or even low-end RB2) in PPR leagues this year.
|Melvin Gordon "as good as advertised" -- Thu Jun 25 5:30 pm --|
No. 15 overall pick has been a quick study
|So far, Melvin Gordon has been as good as advertised in offseason workouts. Heís proved a quick study, both on the field and in the classroom. And heís been better than expected in the passing game. Most important, Gordon wonít be asked to carry the offense. With Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown, Gordon will be part of a running back by committee approach that should provide a significant improvement for San Diegoís running game in 2015. But Gordon will serve as the bell-cow running back. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: RB coach Ollie Wilson went on to compliment his study habits and intelligence. Everybody looks great in shorts at this time of the year, but this is about as much as present and future Gordon owners can ask for at the moment. It's not hard to imagine the No. 15 overall pick amassing 225-250 carries for the Chargers and 25-35 catches while stealing the occasional passing-down snap from Woodhead.