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January 20, 2021 10:00 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Could be done with Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown isn't expected to sign an extension with the Rams, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Brown spent six years with the Rams after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2015. 2020 was his most productive season with 419 rushing yards, 162 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He was utilized primarily in obvious passing and third-down situations late in the season and during the playoffs, as rookie running back Cam Akers ascended to the top of the depth chart and proved capable of handling the majority of the workload. Brown's fantasy value will obviously depend on where he signs, but he's capable of being a valuable complementary option in a real-world backfield because of his versatility and ability to pass block.

January 11, 2021 02:44 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Bulk of work in fourth quarter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed nine times for 30 yards and caught his only target for nine yards during Saturday's 30-20 win over Seattle. He played 20 of 73 offensive snaps.

The Rams leaned on rookie Cam Akers early and often Saturday, so there wasn't much work left over for Brown. It's worth noting that while Brown didn't receive a carry until the third quarter, he out-touched Akers, 8-3, in the fourth quarter. Head coach Sean McVay trusts Brown, and the sixth-year running back has been involved consistently in the offense all season. Still, Brown hasn't been receiving enough opportunities -- just 29 carries and 11 targets over the past eight games -- to make a major fantasy impact, and it will likely be Akers in the lead-back role again versus the Packers in the divisional round Saturday.

January 4, 2021 09:28 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Runs behind rookie in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed three times for 20 yards and caught his only target for negative two yards during Sunday's 18-7 win over Arizona.

The veteran running back was limited all week in practice with a shoulder injury, so it was encouraging to see him suit up for the regular-season finale. However, it was rookie Cam Akers who started and saw most of the work out of the backfield. Akers played 48 offensive snaps to Brown's 23, and it wouldn't be surprising if a similar timeshare continues against Seattle in the wild-card round. Brown's unlikely to make a major fantasy splash as long as Akers is healthy.

January 1, 2021 06:24 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Closes week with full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after practicing fully Friday, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

After being passed up by Darrell Henderson and then Cam Akers on the depth chart this season, Brown suddenly looks like he could be in store for a three-down role with a playoff spot on the line for the Rams in Week 17. Henderson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after sustaining a high-ankle sprain, while Akers missed Week 16 with the same injury and hadn't practiced in any capacity this week before logging a limited workout Friday. The Rams are listing Akers as questionable for the regular-season finale, but given the strong possibility that he'll only handle a small role if he suits up, Brown projects as the better fantasy option Week 17. The Rams have valued Brown mostly for his work as a pass blocker this season, but he's been reasonably efficient as a runner (4.1 yards per carry) and pass catcher (5.1 yards per target) while reaching the end zone five times.

December 31, 2020 08:20 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Logs limited practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown (shoulder) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

The Rams capped Brown's reps at Wednesday's walk-through and did the same during a regular session one day later. Due to high-ankle sprains hindering both Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson -- the latter of whom won't play Week 17 -- the team may be managing Brown to get him to game day intact. In any case, Akers has yet to be ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Cardinals, so Brown may still have some competition for reps if the former surprisingly gains clearance to suit up. In the five outings in which Brown has earned at least 50 percent of the snaps on offense this season, he averaged 13.2 touches for 61.2 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring three TDs.

December 31, 2020 02:28 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Limited by shoulder issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown was listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated practice report due to a shoulder injury, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Not only are fellow running backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson both tending to high-ankle sprains, but Brown is banged up as well. The Rams have placed Henderson on injured reserve, ruling him out for Week 17 and potentially the first two rounds of the postseason, if the Rams lock up a berth. Meanwhile, Akers was listed as a non-participant Wednesday, seemingly leaving Brown in position to lead the backfield Sunday against the Cardinals if he can shake off his own shoulder concern. Fortunately for Brown, he would have practiced in some capacity if a session was held Wednesday, so he still seems to be trending in the right direction for the weekend.

December 31, 2020 02:24 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Likely Week 17 starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown is expected to serve as the Rams' starting running back Sunday against Arizona with Darrell Henderson (ankle) on injured reserve and Cam Akers (ankle) likely to play only a limited role if active, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Henderson is officially out after landing on IR on Tuesday, while Akers looks iffy at best for Week 17 while he manages a high-ankle sprain. With a playoff spot on the line for Los Angeles and starting quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) having already been ruled out for the regular-season finale, the backfield situation will warrant close monitoring as the week continues. Rookies Xavier Jones and Raymond Calais will stand to work behind Brown if Akers can't go.

December 27, 2020 10:28 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Produces 35 scrimmage yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown carried seven times for 27 yards and caught one of three targets for eight yards during Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Seahawks.

While Darrell Henderson (ankle) received 12 carries in the absence of Cam Akers (ankle), the former opened the door for Brown to play a larger role when he left with an injury of his own. Brown averaged just 3.9 yards per carry and managed a modest gain on his only reception while the offense as a whole struggled to move the ball against a beatable Seattle defense. The team's backfield situation is quite murky ahead of next Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals, but Brown is currently the healthiest option and could be in for more touches if his teammates are unable to suit up.

December 23, 2020 09:24 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: More work likely sans Akers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Sean McVay said both Brown and Darrell Henderson will be "heavily involved" in the Rams' game plan Sunday in Seattle with top back Cam Akers (ankle) ruled out for the contest, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. "I mean they'll both get work," McVay said of Brown and Henderson. "As far as the specifics, I'm not really sure. We're just getting into the initial parts of the game plan."

Before Akers emerged as the team's clear top back over the past three games, the lead option out of the Los Angeles backfield had been a difficult one to predict in any given week. Expect that to be the case this weekend, as McVay was unwilling to anoint either Brown or Henderson as the No. 1 option, nor was he willing to divulge how the reps may be divvied up between the two. Brown earned double-digit touches in five of the Rams' first eight games of the season, but he's taken a back seat in terms of both playing time and usage in the second half of the Rams' schedule, logging no more than 46 percent of offensive snaps while averaging 6.1 touches per contest between Weeks 10 and 15. Henderson has seen his role decline similarly in the wake of Akers' ascendance, but Henderson has been a more explosive runner and receiver than Brown in the opportunities they've received this season. Brown's skills as a pass blocker should allow him to see plenty of reps in Week 16, but Henderson probably represents the more fantasy-friendly option of what will likely be a timeshare arrangement.

December 21, 2020 12:36 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Just two touches in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed once for four yards and caught his only target for six yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jets.

With just 10 rushes for 25 yards and five receptions for 59 yards over the past five weeks, Brown's usage has taken him almost completely off the fantasy radar. The veteran should continue to see the field and receive a handful of opportunities in each of the next two regular-season games, but his recent numbers probably shouldn't inspire managers to turn to him in any fantasy format.

December 11, 2020 05:04 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Workload continues to dwindle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown failed to catch his only target and didn't receive a carry during Thursday's 24-3 win over New England. He played just six offensive snaps.

Rookie Cam Akers started and gashed the Patriots early and often Thursday, and there weren't many opportunities left over for Brown or second-year back Darrell Henderson. Since scoring two touchdowns Week 10 against Seattle, the veteran Brown has only rushed nine times for 21 yards and caught four passes for 53 yards over the past four games. Those numbers don't tilt the fantasy scales, and with Akers appearing set to handle a hefty weekly workload, there probably won't be many opportunities for Brown moving forward. Additionally, Henderson probably profiles as a better change-of-pace option. At this stage of the game, Brown's value is dependent on finding the end zone, and he's probably not even first in line for red-zone or short-yardage carries.

December 7, 2020 10:28 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Bumped down pecking order
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed three times for negative three yards and caught his lone target for 30 yards during Sunday's 38-28 win over Arizona. He played just 13 offensive snaps.

After leading the Rams' backfield in offensive snaps last week, Brown trailed both rookie Cam Akers (52) and sophomore Darrell Henderson (18) Sunday. Additionally, it was Akers handling the backfield duties on the last two series, which was often a role the veteran Brown handled. Making matters worse, Henderson scored a 38-yard touchdown, and Akers had his best game of the season. Brown's likely to remain involved, but his fantasy value is clearly plummeting. He's difficult to start confidently in most settings.

November 30, 2020 09:20 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Leads backfield in snaps
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed three times for four yards and caught three passes for 15 yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to San Francisco.

Despite playing more snaps than both Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers, Brown wasn't a notable factor in the offense. The veteran running back continued to see most of his playing time in passing situations and on third downs, and it was encouraging he remained involved in the offense after fumbling on the Rams' first possession. However, his fantasy results have been lackluster each of the past two weeks with just six rushes for 24 yards and three receptions for 23 yards. With the Rams committed to utilizing all three of their running backs, Brown's upside currently appears tied to him finding the end zone.

November 24, 2020 03:52 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Plays 27 snaps in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed three times for 20 yards and caught an eight-yard pass on his only target during Monday's 27-24 win over Tampa Bay.

The veteran played 27 of 72 offensive snaps and was efficient with the ball in his hands. However, It's worth noting his game-long, 14-yard run was on third-and-16 from the Los Angeles six-yard line in the fourth quarter with Tampa Bay in prevent defense, so Brown's stat line is all the more underwhelming. Additionally, with the Rams committed to using all three of their running backs in the rushing attack, Brown's relied on finding the end zone to produce serviceable fantasy numbers this season. He projects to continue receiving consistent playing time, but he's far from a sure thing as a fantasy asset.

November 15, 2020 09:00 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Bangs in two short TDs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown carried the ball six times for 33 yards and two touchdowns and caught both his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Seahawks.

The Rams deployed a true backfield committee in this one, with Cam Akers seeing 10 touches and Darrell Henderson eight, but Brown wound up posting more scrimmage yards than either of his teammates in addition to a pair of one-yard TD plunges. All three backs could struggle to post useful numbers if that workload split continues in Week 11 on the road against a very stingy Buccaneers run defense.

November 1, 2020 07:44 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Takes over after Henderson injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed 10 times for 40 yards and secured both targets for 17 yards in the Rams' 28-17 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Darrell Henderson left the contest for good with a thigh injury in the second quarter, which left Brown as the lead back in terms of carries the rest of the way. However, game script capped Brown's overall opportunities, and rookie Cam Akers also was afforded nine carries. Brown now has double-digit carries in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 1 and 2, and he could be in for similar or greater opportunity if Henderson's injury lingers in Week 10 against the Seahawks following the Week 9 bye.

October 27, 2020 11:12 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Nice rebound performance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed 10 times for 57 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 24-10 win over the Bears.

Brown provided the hammer in Los Angeles' running game, making some strong runs and being rewarded with a one-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter. That marked Brown's first score since Week 1, and Monday also featured his most rushing yards in a game since then. Although teammate Darrell Henderson still topped Brown with 15 carries for 64 yards and caught two balls compared to his one unsuccessful target, Brown can nonetheless be rather pleased by his performance, which came after a season-low two carries in Week 6. Such improvement should have Brown encouraged ahead of Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

October 19, 2020 08:48 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Just two rushes in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed twice for four yards and caught three of four targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 24-16 loss to San Francisco.

Brown primarily was utilized in obvious passing situations and on third downs, as his pass protection is clearly valued by head coach Sean McVay. The role probably will enable the veteran back to remain involved in the offense and offer a dash of fantasy value, especially in PPR settings. However, he's clearly behind second-year back Darrell Henderson on the depth chart, and rookie Cam Akers likely is more talented, so Brown's long-term outlook may be bleak. Additionally, it's important to highlight Henderson has 20 red-zone carries the past four weeks compared to Brown's four.

October 13, 2020 09:28 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Takes backseat in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed eight times for 30 yards during Sunday's 30-10 win over Washington. His lone reception went for a loss of six yards.

After pacing the Rams backfield Week 4, Brown's production fell short of both Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers on Sunday. Henderson scored two touchdowns, and Akers rushed nine times for 61 yards -- including an impressive 42-yard run that highlighted the rookie's big-play ability. Add that both Henderson and Akers were priority selections for the Rams in the past two drafts, and Brown's outlook is all the more discouraging. However, he's likely to remain involved, which will probably make the Los Angeles backfield all the more difficult to project for fantasy managers for the foreseeable future. This week's offensive snap count had Henderson (29) lead the way with Brown (26) and Akers (13) following him. Don't be surprised if it's close to a three-way timeshare next week against San Francisco.

October 4, 2020 08:32 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Takes lead in backfield Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown carried the ball nine times for 27 yards and caught five of six targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Giants.

While the numbers weren't impressive. Brown out-touched and out-gained Darrell Henderson both on the ground and through the air in what turned out to be a defensive battle. The Rams' backfield remains volatile even before factoring in the potential return of Cam Akers (ribs), but there could be enough production to go around in Week 5 against a Washington defense that's given up multiple rushing TDs in three straight games.

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2Sun 09/20@ PHIW 37-1911470000
3Sun 09/27@ BUFL 32-357190000
4Sun 10/04vs NYGW 17-993805190
5Sun 10/11@ WASW 30-1083001-60
6Sun 10/18@ SFL 16-242403180
7Mon 10/26vs CHIW 24-1010571000
8Sun 11/01@ MIAL 17-28104002170
10Sun 11/15vs SEAW 23-1663322180
11Mon 11/23@ TBW 27-243200180
12Sun 11/29vs SFL 20-233402150
13Sun 12/06@ ARIW 38-283-301300
14Thu 12/10vs NEW 24-3000000
15Sun 12/20vs NYJL 20-23140160
16Sun 12/27@ SEAL 9-207270180
17Sun 01/03vs ARIW 18-732001-20
18Sat 01/09@ SEAW 30-209300190
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