Fantasy Trader's Fantasy Football Roundtable: A Year Early

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 3, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16:  Donald Brown #31 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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You’ve been invited to participate in Fantasy Trader’s fantasy football roundtable.

This week’s topic :
“Second verse, same as the first…”  Who were you a year early with? One of your undervalued players from 2009 that did not pan out, yet you remain high on.

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My response :
Joseph Addai outperformed my expectations in 2009 with 1,164 total yards (828 rushing, 336 receiving) and 13 total TDs (10 rushing, three receiving). I expected him to have a solid year, but I thought Donald Brown would have emerged and taken away some of the production.

Brown battled injuries and finished with 450 total yards (281 rushing, 169 receiving) and 3 TDs (all rushing). He clearly wasn’t the favored back in the playoffs either.

That just means Brown should be a better value in this year’s fantasy drafts. The Colts spent a first-round pick on Brown, and I expect his role to increase next year. He has a burst that Addai doesn’t have anymore, and if Addai gets injured, Brown’s numbers could take off.