Ryan Mathews Injury: Ronnie Brown Is Solid Fantasy Option for Week 1

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 10, 2012

Aug 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ronnie Brown (30) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Chargers defeated the Vikings 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Veteran and current San Diego Chargers running Ronnie Brown is a decent No. 2 running back option and a solid flex play in Week 1. 

This wasn't supposed to be the case, but that's life when a player backs up the dynamic and frustrating fantasy option known as Ryan Mathews, who is going to be on the shelf for Week 1. 

Check out the tweet by U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken if you need further evidence:

Ryan Mathews (clavicle) and Jared Gaither (back) are listed as out. Antonio Garay (ankle) questionable. #Chargers

— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) September 8, 2012

So with the Chargers running the same offensive system that has produced solid numbers from running backs over the years, and with them playing an Oakland Raiders team that has turned stopping opposing running backs into an eternal problem, whoever picks up the carries vacated by Mathews is going to come with some value. 

The North County Times' Scott Bair will help us connect the dots on who will be picking up the bulk of the running back duties:

Norv said Ronnie Brown will be "involved" that's turner-speak for he's getting the bulk of the touches.

— Scott Bair (@NCTchargers) September 8, 2012

At 30 years old, Ronnie Brown is not the same running back he was in his heyday with the Miami Dolphins, but when he is healthy, he can still produce. 

He is good at picking up tough yards, which should leave him in position to pick up a touchdown on Monday. He is also a competent receiver out of the backfield.

Go ahead and start Ronnie Brown with confidence on Monday, and don't be afraid to stash him away as this isn't likely to be his only time filling in for Mathews this season.