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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.
| Melvin Gordon placed on IR -- Mon Dec 21 7:05 pm --|
Torn cartilage in left knee
|Chargers rookie RB Melvin Gordon will miss the team's final two games, coach Mike McCoy said Monday, due to torn left-knee cartilage the running back sustained against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Gordon, who went 15th in the NFL Draft, finished his rookie season with 641 rushing yards on 184 carries (3.5 per carry). He caught 33 of 37 passes for an average of 5.8 per reception. His longest rush was 27 yards. Though Gordon never scored a touchdown this season, he also seldom played when the offense reached the red zone. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Gordon's rookie season will go down as a huge disappointment based on his low YPC, four lost fumbles and the fact he didn't score a single touchdown on over 200 touches. It should be noted, however, that he was often pulled for Danny Woodhead in the red zone and suffered from one of the worst run-blocking lines in the NFL. Assuming San Diego addresses its shortcomings up front this offseason, Gordon has a chance to live up to expectations in 2016. The Chargers will play out the string with Donald Brown and Woodhead in the backfield.