It's possible Malcolm Brown gets work as a goal-line back for the Rams, picking some touches up here and there, but that puts him in the dangerous territory of being a touchdown-or-bust running back. It's far more likely Los Angeles' other running backs, Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson, will lead the way for the group. It makes Brown virtually undraftable as anything other than a possible goal-line vulture who could give you a handful of points in a given week. There are plenty of other backs with more upside.
Brown will compete for playing time in 2020 with sophomore Darrell Henderson (ankle) and this year's second-round pick, Cam Akers, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports. The addition of Akers is a blow to Brown's fantasy stock, as Akers could quickly prove to be a better rusher between the tackles, whereas Henderson could be leaned on as more of a home-run threat in space and the passing game. However, Akers' ascension to the top of the depth chart isn't a guarantee. Brown also has experience in head coach Sean McVay's offense, and it's going to be an unprecedented offseason. Still, Brown could be difficult to rely on in most fantasy settings again in 2020.
Brown and Darrell Henderson (ankle) are in line for increased roles after the Rams cut Todd Gurley on Thursday, Rich Hammond of The Athletic reports. The Rams figure to add another body or three to their backfield before Week 1, but the options may be limited for a team with a tough cap situation and no top-50 pick in the upcoming draft. Brown has experience and size working in his favor, while the small but speedy Henderson would be the upside play. Brown served as the No. 2 back for the majority of last season, with Henderson occasionally mixing in until an ankle injury required season-ending surgery in December. Henderson's status as a recent third-round pick may work in his favor, though the same could be said of Brown's familiarity with coach Sean McVay's offense.
Brown rushed nine times for 26 yards and a touchdown and caught a six-yard pass during Sunday's 31-24 win over Arizona. Brown finished off a frustrating season for the Rams with 255 rushing yards and five touchdowns -- both career-high marks. However, it was still a disappointing fantasy campaign after the backup scored twice Week 1. An ankle injury cost him two games in the middle of the season, and Brown only played sparingly after returning to the field Week 10. However, he once again proved to be a capable rusher when given an opportunity, especially inside the red zone. Brown begins the final season of a two-year contract with Los Angeles in 2020, and his role is unlikely to change significantly. In fact, he could even be supplanted by fellow running back Darrell Henderson, the Rams' third-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Brown rushed once for negative yardage and failed to catch his only target during Saturday's 34-31 loss to San Francisco. It was an uneventful evening for the backup rusher, and Brown has only seen the field for 17 offensive snaps the past two weeks. However, with the Rams eliminated from the playoffs, there's potential for Brown to receive more playing time in a meaningless Week 17 contest against Arizona.
Brown didn't receive a touch in Sunday's 44-21 loss to the Cowboys. The Rams' backfield fell victim to the Cowboys getting out to a quick lead, as Jared Goff heaved 51 passes. Todd Gurley was the team's only running back to garner a touch, as he rushed 11 times for 20 yards and a touchdown while catching three passes for 18 yards and another score. Gurley's looking as healthy as ever with 19 and 23 carries in the two games preceding this contest, so Brown's fantasy value is negligible for Week 16's matchup against the 49ers.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/04||New York Giants||17||17.75|
|5||10/11||@Washington Football Team||30||22.75|
|6||10/19||@San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|11||11/24||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|12||11/29||San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|14||12/11||New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|15||12/20||New York Jets||9||14.50|
|3 Year Avg||58||238||2||5||40||0||39|