Fantasy Football Projections: Donald Brown and More RBs in Great Matchups

Michael DixonAnalyst IIINovember 27, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 13:  Donald Brown #31 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball while defended by Daryl Smith #52 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jaguars won 17-3. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Are you looking for a last minute running back? I know that I am. Obviously, if you have someone who's already gone, your hands are tied this week. Still, 26 more teams have yet to play this week.

So, from those teams, who are the quality backs to sign? Well, take a look at these guys.


Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

As a general rule, anyone going against the Carolina defense is a good fantasy back. With Delone Carter struggling and Joseph Addai banged up, Brown will get the majority of the carries against the Panthers.

That's a good spot to be in. 

Indianapolis needs to run the ball. Their passing attack is nonexistent. So, the matchup is custom built for Brown to have a good day on the ground.


Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings

With Adrian Peterson out of action, who knows what the Falcons defense is going to prepare for?

Normally, their defense is very strong against the run. But my guess is that they will be keyed up against Percy Harvin, who's a far more dynamic threat. 

Still, with a rookie quarterback, one would have to assume that the Falcons are going to put a focus on the run. That opens up some good holes for Gerhart. 

Joe McKnight, New York Jets

Now, if you're in a league that counts return yards, McKnight is an even better pick. But when Shonn Greene was forced to miss action in Week 11, McKnight filled in admirably.

So, remember a few things. 

At a position like running back, further aggravation of an injury is very possible. 

And more importantly: 

Even when he's been on the field, Greene has had a disappointing season. 

Now that McKnight has shown what he can do, it makes sense that he'll get more reps.

With Mark Sanchez struggling and the Bills on a slide, look for the Jets to put a heavy focus on the run this week. That opens up McKnight to be a quality weapon. 

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