Though he picked up only 62 yards on an absurd 31 carries Week 3 at Buffalo, some Fantasy owners held out hope that
He couldn't. On a per-carry basis, the performance was much like the one he had at Buffalo, only the Chargers didn't let it go on for 31 carries this time, sprinkling in rookie Branden Oliver for much of their last few possessions.
Quarterback Philip Rivers carried the offense in this one, completing 29 of 39 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns, and judging by Brown's performance through two starts, that figures to be the case until Mathews returns.
Especially now that Oliver has gotten involved, Brown is no more than a desperation option in Fantasy.
Both players will look for more Week 5 against the Jets.
With a ton of running backs on bye or dealing with injuries, the field is thin for Week 4. And, the potential replacements available on the waiver-wire aren't exactly standouts, with Jamey Eisenberg tabbing
See the rest of Jamey's Waiver Wire column here.
With do-everything running back Danny Woodhead reportedly out for an extensive period of time, the
Among the players on the depth chart, neither Brown nor reserve
Oliver had just 25 receptions as a senior at the University of Buffalo, but was a much more productive receiver earlier in his career. He hauled in 38 passes for 365 yards as a sophomore in 2011, good for third on the team in both categories, so he has some skills as a receiver.
With just three carries and no receptions under his belt in his NFL career, Oliver is very much an unknown quantity at this point. You won't want to rush out and add him this week, but keep an eye on how the team utilizes him in Week 4 against the Jaguars, a matchup which could get him plenty of work.
Brown, who was expected to play more following Ryan Mathews' knee injury last week, was the workhorse Sunday after Danny Woodhead left the game. He ran the ball a career-high 31 times in the game, but managed just 62 yards on the ground. He added five receptions on 27 yards in the 20-10 win.
Mathews is already expected to miss a handful of weeks with the injury, and it looks like Woodhead might be out a while after he was carted off. The Chargers are set to take on the Jaguars in Week 4.
|6||10/12/14||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|8||10/23/14||@ DEN||8:25 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||11/30/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||4||2||50||100||2.0||16||0||0||4|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||4||2||12||72||6.0||21||0||1||0||2|
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|2014||San Diego Chargers||4||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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