Bryce Brown: Eagles Rookie RB Is a Fantasy Must-Start in Week 13

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 26:  Bryce Brown #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball in for a touchdown as  Sherrod Martin #23 of the Carolina Panthers defends on November 26, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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With the reports that Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is still in the beginning stages of his recovery from a concussion (h/t Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer), the team will likely turn to rookie Bryce Brown to take the majority of the snaps Sunday.

Brown is coming off a huge statistical day in his first start, rushing 19 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns, while catching four passes for 11 yards as well.

The biggest issue for the rookie was ball security, though, as the young star fumbled the ball twice.

Head coach Andy Reid is trying to give the talent on his team a chance to shine, so Eagles fans and fantasy owners should expect the same amount of touches in the rushing and passing game for the rookie RB in Week 13.

Add in the fact that Brown will be rushing against a Dallas Cowboys defensive unit that has been victimized by the rushing attack, and the Eagles' back is a must-start this week.


Realistic Fantasy Expectations

While the smart fantasy owners realize that defenses in the NFL are intelligent, and they will react to Brown’s big day against the Carolina Panthers and vow that those same numbers won’t be put up against them, this running back is special.

Brown runs with an aggressive style, but it is his ability to shift in tight spaces and avoid tackles that makes him a viable threat.

With Reid possibly starting a rookie quarterback again as well in Nick Foles, the powerful runner will be featured as much or more than McCoy was when healthy.

As good as the Cowboys have looked at times this season, the team is allowing 109.8 yards on the ground per game (13th in the NFL), and the Eagles will capitalize on that.

With wide receiver DeSean Jackson out for the season as well (via ESPN), Philadelphia has no choice but to continuously feed the rock to its standout rookie RB.

Start Brown in any formatted fantasy league with utter confidence.


Final Stat Line: 18 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown.


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