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

Eric Mack@@EricMackFantasyFantasy Football Lead WriterSeptember 13, 2013

Donald Brown, available in almost every fantasy league, just became a whole lot more important to the Colts and fantasy owners this season.
Donald Brown, available in almost every fantasy league, just became a whole lot more important to the Colts and fantasy owners this season.Michael Hickey/Getty Images

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 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
Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros





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.