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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.

September 27, 2020 05:44 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Cedes most work to Henderson
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed seven times for 19 yards and came up empty on two targets in Sunday's 35-32 loss to Buffalo.

Brown was outplayed by Darrell Henderson, who rushed 20 times for 114 yards and a touchdown. While neither back made much of an impact in the passing game, Henderson's the more polished receiver and thus took on a larger role with the Rams digging out of a 28-3 hole. Now that he seems to have fallen behind Henderson in the pecking order, volume could be an issue for Brown against the Giants in Week 4, especially if Cam Akers (ribs) is able to make his return.

September 25, 2020 05:32 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Ready for split with Henderson
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown and Darrell Henderson figure to share backfield work with Cam Akers (ribs) ruled out for Sunday's game in Buffalo, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

The rookie started the first two games of the season, but Brown ended up getting more work in the opener, and Akers then suffered a rib cartilage injury in the first quarter of the Week 2 contest. Brown also came out of the game with an injury, undergoing surgery Monday on a fractured left pinky finger. He'll be available for Sunday's contest and figures to have a role, but it is possible the finger issue impacts his workload, particularly in the passing game. Brown will be splitting snaps with Darrell Henderson, who piled up 121 yards from scrimmage on 14 touches last week.

September 24, 2020 08:44 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Upgrades to full practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown (finger) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Brown was held out of Wednesday's practice session after undergoing surgery on a broken left pinky finger, but the 27-year-old's return to unrestricted participation Thursday suggests there are no real concerns about his Week 3 availability. With Cam Akers (ribs) having missed back-to-back practices, Brown and Darrell Henderson could end up splitting the backfield work versus Buffalo on Sunday.

September 24, 2020 11:56 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Not practicing Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown (finger) won't practice Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Brown's snap count has been consistent through two games, but his touch count dropped from 21 in Week 1 to 11 this past Sunday at Philadelphia. Perhaps the broken left pinky finger he suffered in the latter game caused coach Sean McVay to call Brown's name less, but his status now is in some question for a Week 3 visit to Buffalo. Elsewhere in the backfield, rookie Cam Akers also is sitting out Wednesday due to separated rib cartilage, so Darrell Henderson is the healthiest of the Rams' running-back trio.

September 22, 2020 09:56 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Undergoes surgery for broken finger
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown underwent surgery on the broken left pinkie finger he sustained in Sunday's 37-19 win over the Eagles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

After headlining the Los Angeles backfield in the Week 1 win over the Cowboys, Brown (11 carries for 47 yards) essentially split work with Darrell Henderson (12 carries for 81 yards) on Sunday, with the third option in the Rams' committee (Cam Akers) playing only three snaps before departing with separated rib cartilage. While Akers' availability for the Rams' Week 3 game in Buffalo remains up in the air, the injury Brown sustained didn't force him out early in Philadelphia and shouldn't result in him missing time. Assuming Brown proves in practices this week that ball security isn't an issue post-surgery, he could enter the matchup with the Bills minus an injury designation, but his workload may be difficult to predict after Henderson outperformed him Week 2.

September 21, 2020 08:56 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Expected to play Sunday at Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown (finger) suffered a fractured pinky in Sunday's 37-19 victory over the Eagles, but he's expected to be available for Week 3's game against the Bills, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Coach Sean McVay indicated that Brown had his finger "fixed" Monday, so the issue does not seem to be too serious. Still, his status should be monitored throughout the week to ensure he doesn't suffer any setbacks.

September 20, 2020 06:32 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Hurts finger Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown injured his finger during Sunday's 37-19 win at Philadelphia, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Cam Akers received the first three touches given to the Rams backfield Week 2, but a rib injury forced him to miss the rest of the contest. Thereafter, Brown compiled 47 yards on 11 rushes while Darrell Henderson totaled 121 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 14 touches. With such a breakdown, Brown wasn't asked to be the team's lead RB, but his own health concern may have swayed coach Sean McVay's decision-making. This position group will be one to monitor closely as the week proceeds.

September 20, 2020 11:36 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Plays second fiddle to Henderson
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed 11 times for 47 yards in the Rams' 37-19 win over the Eagles on Sunday.

Just a week removed from his big, two-touchdown outburst on Sunday Night Football, Brown was forced into a near-even timeshare, even as Cam Akers left the game early with a ribs injury. Brown received just three fewer touches than Darrell Henderson, a week after outpacing him, 21-3. It was Henderson, however, who piled up 121 yards from scrimmage and a score. Brown still could find his way to a handful of touches per week, but he's may see his role gradually reduce in favor of Henderson, and, when he's healthy enough to return, Akers.

September 14, 2020 02:44 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Shines as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown rushed 18 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns while adding three receptions (four targets) for 31 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over Dallas.

Brown was named the starter to begin the year following Todd Gurley's departure this past offseason. The career backup took full advantage of the opportunity and turned in a strong fantasy performance, averaging 4.4 yards per carry and punching in a pair of touchdowns. The Cowboys don't offer a lot of bulk on their defensive line, and the team did lose star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) early in the contest, making this a soft matchup on the ground. That said, neither of the Rams' other two backfield options could muster more than 3.0 yards per carry Sunday. Head coach Sean McVay said that he would use a three-man committee this season, and he held true to his word with Brown leading with 21 touches, rookie Cam Akers receiving 15 and third-down back Darrell Henderson getting just three. Brown is clearly the back to target heading into Sunday's matchup against the Eagles, and he could secure a larger share of committee touches going forward if he can maintain his Week 1 production.

September 8, 2020 05:52 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Starting season as No. 1 RB
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown is listed as the No. 1 running back on the Rams' first unofficial depth chart of the 2020 season.

Brown's experience in the Rams offense must have won the day in L.A., but he could quickly lose his standing considering the pedigree of the backs behind him. Darrell Henderson, a 2019 third-round pick, is listed as the No. 2 RB, but his status for Week 1 is up in the air due to a strained hamstring. As for the No. 3 option, rookie second-rounder Cam Akers has received that honor. On Monday, coach Sean McVay told Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News that he intends to utilize a three-back rotation Sunday against the Cowboys, but "how those carries will be distributed is something we'll determine really as the week progresses and as the game unfolds." As a result, Brown may have a short leash Week 1 if he in fact gets the start.

September 8, 2020 02:08 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Likely to join three-man committee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rams head coach Sean McVay said Monday he expects to use a three-man backfield "rotation" consisting of Brown, Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson (hamstring) in Los Angeles' Sept. 13 season opener versus the Cowboys, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. "That's a three-back rotation that you feel really good about," McVay said. "Exactly how those carries will be distributed is something we'll determine really as the week progresses and as the game unfolds."

Though he boasts the least impressive physical attributes of the three backs and wasn't a recent early round draft pick like Akers and Henderson, Brown boasts three years' worth of experience in McVay's scheme, which should aid the 27-year-old's case for early playing time as the Rams look to replace former lead ballcarrier Todd Gurley. Running backs coach Thomas Brown said in late August that he would eventually like to see one of three backs emerge as a "clear-cut guy who takes a majority of the reps," but for now, the Rams appear content to let the battle for snaps extend into the regular season. Though McVay is "optimistic" that Henderson will be cleared in time for the season opener, the practice reps the second-year back has missed out on due to the injury could be enough to put him behind Brown and Akers -- in some order -- in the Rams' Week 1 backfield mix.

September 6, 2020 12:24 AM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Backfield situation remains fluid
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown and Cam Akers have been taking first-team running back reps for the Rams of late, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

As the team's season opener looms, the Rams' backfield situation remains fluid and has the makings of a time-share out of the gate. Aside from Brown and Akers, Darrell Henderson also figures to join the mix once he rebounds from a hamstring issue. In his latest roster projection, Eric D. Williams of Sports Illustrated marks Brown as the team's starter, but as it pertains to Week 1 that could simply imply that Brown -- who has been with the franchise since 2015 -- might take the first snap out of the team's backfield, with Akers (and possibly Henderson) rotating in until a hot hand emerges. Akers -- a promising 2020 second-rounder -- still carries the most fantasy upside of the three, but the rookie won't be handed anything following an unusual offseason, especially with an experienced option like Brown also around.

August 23, 2020 07:44 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Handles first carries in scrimmage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown started with the first team offense during Saturday's scrimmage, Jordan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Not only did the veteran receive the first carries of the scrimmage, sophomore Darrell Henderson limped off the field with a hamstring strain and is questionable for Week 1. Brown has the trust of head coach Sean McVay and has been a reliable contributor for the Rams when given an opportunity the past three seasons. Plus, it's easy to overlook that the 27-year-old back was a five-star recruit out of high school and a 25-game starter for Texas. Fast forward, and Brown's got oodles of tread on the tires after receiving just 143 career carries over his five-year pro career. Add that rookie Cam Akers lost a fumble Saturday, and Brown's short-term fantasy stock is on the rise. Just remember the veteran is also likely the least talented of Los Angeles' top three running backs.

April 25, 2020 02:00 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Facing backfield competition
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 20, 2020 07:16 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Gets big opportunity sans Gurley
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 30, 2019 10:12 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Caps off campaign with score
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 23, 2019 01:36 PM
Rams' Malcolm Brown: Barely plays in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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