Brown rushed three times in the second quarter for 34 yards and twice in the fourth frame for another eight yards during Sunday's 35-23 win over the Chargers. The fourth-quarter yardage is misleading because Brown had the potential to break a longer run on his final carry of the game, but he shrewdly gave himself up after gaining a first down -- the Rams proceeded to kneel the ball twice and run out the clock. The fourth-year back projects to continue receiving limited touches with Todd Gurley locked into a huge workload. However, keeping Gurley healthy could yield a few more looks for Brown over the coming weeks, and especially if the backup is able to repeat his rushing efficiency.
Brown rushed 12 times for 46 yards during Sunday's 34-0 win over Arizona. Brown received more opportunities in the rushing game Week 2 because Todd Gurley was nursing cramps, but the No. 2 back failed to take advantage by averaging just 3.8 yards per attempt on the ground. Gurley scored three times before exiting and was reported to be fine following the game, so his workhorse role doesn't appear to be in jeopardy heading into a Week 3 matchup against the Chargers. Brown's fantasy value remains limited, as he checks out as a wait-and-see stash in deep settings and/or a Gurley handcuff.
Brown rushed once for five yards and caught both of his targets for 18 yards during Monday's 33-13 win over the Raiders. He also played just four of 63 offensive snaps. Los Angeles pulled away from Oakland in the second half of Monday's season opener with Todd Gurley the focal point of the offensive attack. While Brown was minimally involved in the offense, he was effective and utilized when on the field. The third-year back appears to have solidified himself behind Gurley on the depth chart, but without an injury to the latter, Brown's fantasy potential is limited. It's also worth noting that head coach Sean McVay opted to involve all three starting wide receivers (Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp) in the rushing attack, which could further diminish Brown's upside moving forward.
Brown heads into the coming season listed as the Rams' No. 2 running back behind Todd Gurley. Justin Davis and John Kelly are also in the team's backup mix, but figure to earn most of their keep early on as special-teamers. Neither of the team's reserve backs are of fantasy import as long as Gurley is healthy, but in the event that he's injured, the Rams would have to choose between the more experienced Brown (now in his third NFL campaign) or Kelly, a 2018 sixth-rounder who ran well during the preseason.
Brown rushed six times for 11 yards in the Rams' 21-20 preseason win over the Texans on Saturday. Brown was notably outperformed by rookie John Kelly for a second straight week. The third-year pro has had a pedestrian preseason overall, and at this point, it's not inconceivable that Kelly could vault him on the depth chart with another standout effort in the exhibition finale. However, irrespective of who wins the top backup job behind Todd Gurley, it's unlikely to lead to any appreciable fantasy production unless the latter suffers an injury.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/22||@San Francisco 49ers||15||15.33|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||18||17.00|
|9||11/04||@New Orleans Saints||4||11.00|
|11||11/20||Kansas City Chiefs||31||29.33|
|17||12/30||San Francisco 49ers||15||15.33|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||28||101||0||4||32||0||13|