Bryce Brown: Updated Fantasy Profile and Analysis for Eagles RB

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Bryce Brown: Updated Fantasy Profile and Analysis for Eagles RB
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Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown burst onto the fantasy football scene in Week 12 on Monday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers, and fantasy owners across the nation are wondering what they can expect from him going forward.

Brown carried the ball 19 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 11 yards on MNF—his first start since he was a senior in high school (h/t the Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman).

Talk about an impact player. 

So, who is Brown and what can you expect from him going forward?

 

Profile

Brown's rise to fame is a bit of a mystery. Highly recruited out of high school, his college career didn't pan out the way I'm sure he hoped.

He only has 104 career carries from his college days at Tennessee and Kansas State—a sliver of a sample size from which to determine his worth. 

Out of those 104 carries, Brown gained 476 yards and had three touchdowns, and he also caught 11 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown.

He was drafted by the Eagles with the No. 229 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

NationalFootballPost.com's scouting report concluded:

Watching him run in Lane Kiffin's zone scheme as a freshman, the guy was an impressive back with a lot of natural talent. He was the number one ranked recruit out of high school, ahead of Trent Richardson in 2009 and no doubt has the skill set to play in the league. The biggest question mark for him going forward is his overall character. 

Before Week 12, Brown had only carried the ball 32 times for 144 yards and had caught one pass for eight yards as a backup to LeSean McCoy.

 

Fantasy Profile

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McCoy's recovery from the concussion he suffered in Week 11 is still in the early stages. 

Per CSN Philadelphia's Reuben Frank:

 

This means Brown will likely continue to be the team's starter in Week 13. And given the sad state of the franchise, the Eagles may decide to put McCoy on the shelf the rest of the season to make absolutely sure he fully recovers from what seems to have been a nasty concussion.

Coming up on the schedule for the Eagles are these five teams:

It's obvious that there are a couple of terrible matchups for Brown in the next five weeks. That said, there are also three favorable matchups, as long as Brown keeps getting the opportunity to run the ball. 

 

Analysis

Brown may just be a flash in the pan, but from what we saw from him on MNF against the Panthers, he looks to be the real deal. 

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The biggest deterrent to Brown becoming a fantasy stud is Andy Reid—a man who is notorious for under-utilizing his running backs. 

That said, and given the fact that the Eagles can't protect the quarterback, there's a good chance they'll be running the ball more consistently in the latter stages of 2012. 

There's no doubting Brown's big-play abilities. If you're looking for lightning in a bottle to carry your fantasy team deep into the playoffs, he's worth a gamble.

 

Follow me on Twitter @JesseReed78 and check out my weekly NFL picks at Pickfactor.com

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