Brown recorded 24 rushing yards on five carries during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Broncos.
The No. 2 back continues to run well when given an opportunity and is now up to 117 yards on 23 carries -- 5.1 yards per tote -- for the year. Unfortunately, Todd Gurley looks like he's getting better by the week after running all over Denver with a career-high, single-game rushing total (208). Without a more consistent role in the offense, Brown's fantasy value is limited to being a deep-league stash and/or Gurley handcuff.
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.
Brown is expected to serve as the No. 2 running back behind Todd Gurley again this season, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Brown showed well in the backup role last season with 246 rushing yards and a touchdown on 63 attempts, and he also caught nine of 11 targets for 53 yards. The Rams selected Tennessee running back John Kelly in the sixth round, but he projects to be more of a change-of-pace option behind Gurley and Brown -- it's a role that opened up when Los Angeles dealt Tavon Austin to Dallas. As long as Gurley's healthy, Brown's standalone fantasy value is limited, and in most settings the 24-year-old rusher is likely nothing more than a handcuff candidate.
Brown signed his exclusive-rights tender Monday, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reports.
The Rams tendered Brown in early March, making it almost impossible for the exclusive-rights free agent to negotiate a contract with another team. Him signing the tender is essentially a formality, and the running back is now under contract with Los Angeles through the end of the 2018 season. Brown currently ranks as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart behind Todd Gurley.
As an exclusive rights free agent, Brown can't negotiate with any other team and has little choice but to sign the one-year contract he's given. While he shouldn't have much trouble making the final roster, the Rams may seek an upgrade for their No. 2 RB spot, as Brown doesn't offer much in the way of explosiveness or pass-catching skill. The soon-to-be 25-year-old had 63 carries for 246 yards (3.9 YPC) and a touchdown and caught nine of 11 targets for 53 yards in 11 games last season, serving as Todd Gurley's top backup for most of the year.
|7||10/21/18||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||1||0||4||17||4.3||13||0||0||1|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||11||1||63||246||3.9||20||1||1||10|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||6||0||23||117||5.1||19||0||0||5|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||1||0||1||-2||-2.0||-2||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||11||1||9||53||5.9||16||0||0||0||3|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||6||0||2||18||9.0||9||0||0||0||1|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||6||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|