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Fantasy Football Breaking News: Pick Up Donald Brown as RB Insurance

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 11: Donald Brown #31 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills  at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Eric MackChief Writer IVOctober 3, 2016

With Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reporting that Vick Ballard is now out for the season with a knee injury, I made a quick move for Donald Brown in a league where I was desperate for running back depth. Brown is a must-add in deeper leagues right away.

I lamented earlier this week in The Fantasy Football Week 2 Notebook that an injury hadn't given us a good waiver option to consider at the running back position. We have one now.

It was just a year ago Brown looked headed for a career breakthrough. Vick Ballard stole his thunder by midseason and Ahmad Bradshaw put Brown on the roster bubble this preseason.

Now Brown, who I listed at SI.com among the backs to watch in a contract year, figures to factor into the Colts' plans. Bradshaw has had chronic injury woes and isn't 100 percent yet. He might never be. Brown could be getting a significant amount of work for an offense that promises to be pretty potent in Indianapolis.

And, with all this said, don't start Brown in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins run defense that slowed Trent Richardson. Brown is a Bradshaw handcuff and a speculative add right now. He ranks No. 35 among the Week 2 fantasy options (see below).

In case you want a break down of all my fantasy moves to date, here they are, broken down by league type:

 

12-Team, PPR

Drop: Ryan Williams

Add: Robert Turbin

 

Drop: Josh Freeman

Add: Andy Dalton

 

 

12-Team, Standard Scoring

Drop: Martellus Bennett

Add: Le'Veon Bell

 

Drop: Ronnie Hillman

Add: Ben Tate

 

 

14-Team Keeper League, Standard Scoring

Add: Donald Brown

Drop: Eddie Royal

 

Add: Eddie Royal

Drop: Brandon Pettigrew

 

Drop: Coby Fleener

Add: Brandon Pettigrew

 

Drop: Lions D/ST

Add: Panthers D/ST

 

 

12-Team Keeper League, PPR

Add: Donald Brown

Drop: Eddie Royal

 

Add: Eddie Royal

Drop: Ryan Williams

 

Add: Julian Edelman

Drop: Mohamed Sanu

 

Drop: Steven Hauschka

Add: Dan Bailey

 

 

12-Team, Standard Scoring

Add: Julius Thomas

Drop: Zach Sudfeld

 

Traded: Chris Ivory

For: Shane Vereen

 

 

14-Team, Standard Scoring

Add: Brent Celek

Drop: Brandon Pettigrew

 

Add: Julian Edelman

Drop: Alex Smith

 

Add: Matt Prater

Drop: Graham Gano

 

 

Week 2 Running Backs Rankings - Eric Mack
RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
1Doug MartinTBvs. NO3+2
2Adrian PetersonMinat Chi1-1
3LeSean McCoyPhivs. SD2-1
4Jamaal CharlesKCvs. Dal40
5C.J. SpillerBufvs. Car6+1
6Arian FosterHouvs. Ten8+2
7Ray RiceBalvs. Cle5-2
8Steven JacksonAtlvs. StL10+2
9Reggie BushDetat Ari11+2
10Alfred MorrisWasat GB12+2
11DeMarco MurrayDalat KC15+4
12Matt ForteChivs. Min7-5
13Marshawn LynchSeavs. SF130
14Ryan MathewsSDat Phi25+11
15Eddie LacyGBvs. Was18+3
16Darren McFaddenOakvs. Jac17+1
17Trent RichardsonCleat Bal9-8
18Maurice Jones-DrewJacat Oak14-4
19Stevan RidleyNEvs. NYJ16-3
20Frank GoreSFat Sea200
21Darren SprolesNOat TB210
22Chris JohnsonTenat Hou19-3
23DeAngelo WilliamsCarat Buf230
24Ben TateHouvs. Ten29+5
25Lamar MillerMiaat Ind26+1
26Rashard MendenhallArivs. Det27+1
27Joique BellDetat Ari30+3
28David WilsonNYGvs. Den22-6
29Daryl RichardsonStLat Atl24-5
30Daniel ThomasMiaat Ind44+14
31Ahmad BradshawIndvs. Mia28-3
32Knowshon MorenoDenat NYG33+1
33Da'Rel ScottNYGvs. Den48+15
34Fred JacksonBufvs. Car35+1
35Donald BrownIndvs. Mia59+24
36Montee BallDenat NYG39+3
37Jacquizz RodgersAtlvs. StL57+20
38Bernard PierceBalvs. Cle43+5
39Bryce BrownPhivs. SD42+3
40Benjarvus Green-EllisCinvs. Pit31-9
41Bilal PowellNYJat NE36-5
42Kendall HunterSFat Sea64+22
43Pierre ThomasNOat TB40-3
44Jonathan DwyerPitat Cin53+9
45Giovani BernardCinvs. Pit32-13
46Chris IvoryNYJat NE37-9
47Mark IngramNOat TB41-6
48Isaac RedmanPitat Cin38-10
49Danny WoodheadSDat Phi46-3
50LaGarrette BlountNEvs. NYJ500

 

 

 

 

Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report this season. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game. You can also listen to him on his podcast that he deprecatingly dubbed the Fantasy FatCast.

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