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Running Back, San Diego Chargers

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Draft: 2009 Round 1 (27)
College: Connecticut
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 210 DOB: 1987-04-11 Age: 27
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#32 5 6.05

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2009 IND 11 1 79 281 3.6 3 14 11 169 15.4 0 63.0 5.7
2010 IND 13 8 129 497 3.9 2 28 20 205 10.3 0 82.2 6.3
2011 IND 16 2 134 645 4.8 5 19 16 86 5.4 0 103.1 6.4
2012 SD 10 0 108 417 3.9 1 13 9 93 10.3 0 57.0 5.7
2012 (Projected) SD     199 856 4.3 4   24 165 6.9 0 126.1  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
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.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Ryan Mathews
RB2RB3 Branden Oliver
RB3RB2 Donald Brown
RB4RB4 Shaun Draughn
RB5RB5 Danny Woodhead
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Donald Brown returns to practice     -- Wed Oct 29 6:09 pm --

Missed three games due to concussion
SAN DIEGO (AP) ó San Diego Chargers running back Donald Brown has been cleared to return to practice after missing three games with a concussion. Brown practiced Wednesday for the first time since being injured in a victory against the New York Jets on Oct. 5. Running back Ryan Mathews continues to rehab his right knee, which he injured in a victory against Seattle in Week 2. "I don't think Ryan is too far away," quarterback Philip Rivers said. (USA Today)

FF Today's Take: The Chargers backfield has been decimated by injury where Brandon Oliver has stepped up nicely for fantasy owners. However, Donald Brown's return and a tough matchup with the Dolphins figures to limit Oliver's upside this week. Likewise, Brown's fantasy upside remains limited with the impending return of Ryan Mathews (knee) looming.
Injury Ryan Mathews has yet to resume running     -- Thu Oct 16 4:30 pm --

Branden Oliver could remain starter through Week 10 bye
Ryan Mathews (MCL sprain) knelt over at his locker Wednesday. He slipped into running shoes. He wore gray, light-material pants fit for running. Almost time? "When (the training staff) thinks it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands," Mathews said. Mathews continues to rehab from a Sept. 14 right knee injury and his return won't be Sunday versus the Chiefs. The next game comes the following Thursday in Denver. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FF Today's Take: Next week's short turnaround pretty much locks in Branden Oliver as the main back through at least Week 8. At that point, San Diego could easily decide to give Mathews two more weeks in order to be completely ready for Week 11 if Oliver continues to perform well. However, owners should bear in mind the Chargers prefer a committee attack, so expect Mathews and Oliver (if not also Donald Brown) to split carries once everyone is healthy.
Injury Ryan Mathews likely out 1-2 more weeks     -- Mon Oct 6 4:55 pm --

Branden Oliver explodes for 182 total yards in Week 5 win
Already down Ryan Mathews (out probably at least another week and more likely two with a knee sprain) and Danny Woodhead (lost for the season to a fractured leg), the Chargers had to rely on Branden Oliver on Sunday after Donald Brown suffered a concussion. Oliverís 182 total yards were most by a Chargers running back since a guy known by two letters was the Chargersí face and the leagueís biggest force. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FF Today's Take: There isn't much question (yet) that Mathews will return as the starter when healthy, but Oliver should have solidified Danny Woodhead's old complementary-back role with his dominant all-around performance against the league's stingiest run defense in Week 5. Oliver stands a great chance of being San Diego's featured back in Week 6 against Oakland and potentially Week 7 versus Kansas City.
Injury Woodhead out for the season     -- Mon Sep 22 4:30 pm --

Needs surgery on fractured fibula
The Chargers lost RB Danny Woodhead early in their Week 3 victory over the Bills and it may be some time before they get him back on the field. San Diego announced that Woodhead, who left the game on crutches, suffered a right ankle injury that caused him to be carted off the field. It looks like it is more than your garden variety ankle injury, however. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Woodhead suffered both a severe high ankle sprain and a fractured fibula. Heís expected to have surgery that will bring his season to an end. (Pro Football Talk)

FF Today's Take: Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken tweeted the news that Woodhead would be lost for the season. It likely locks Donald Brown into a Woodhead-like role when Ryan Mathews returns and probably ensures that Branden Oliver - dubbed "Baby Sproles" by some in the preseason - will see an increase in snaps.
Injury Ryan Mathews likely out 4-6 weeks     -- Mon Sep 15 4:45 pm --

Sprained MCL
An MCL sprain can sideline a player anywhere from a minimal amount to eight weeks. For Ryan Mathews, the timetable appears to fall somewhere in between. A recent MRI has confirmed a sprained MCL for the Chargers running back, and he is expected to miss four to five weeks, according to the NFL Network. The team will take the news, knowing it could've been much worse after Mathews was carted off the field Sunday. His right knee injury came during the fourth quarter of a 30-21 win over Seattle. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FF Today's Take: Mathews' injury history was likely one of the main reasons the Chargers signed Donald Brown this offseason. The former first-round pick of the Colts didn't do a lot with his 10 touches on Sunday, but figures to pretty much absorb the role of Mathews in his absence while Danny Woodhead remains the passing-down/change-of-pace option. Along with Kansas City's Knile Davis, expect Brown to be one of the top waiver-wire additions in most leagues this week.

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