Is Miami Dolphins Ronnie Brown an Elite Fantasy Running Back?
Since Ronnie Brown was selected 2nd overall, to the Miami Dolphins in 2005, fantasy owners have waited for him to breakout and become the next great player. While Ronnie has shown flashes of greatness, yet has never really put it all together in one full season.
This off-season there has been a lot of talk, regarding how Ronnie is performing in camp. Management, coaches and players, notice that No.23 is exploding through holes, and making defenders miss in the open field.
“Last year I was trying to rehab and make sure by the time camp rolled around I was ready. This year I’ve participated in the off-season workouts and not worried about any of that other stuff. I feel a whole lot better than I did at this time last year.” – Ronnie Brown
This is not surprising to me, as Mr. Brown is now almost two years removed from a torn ACL. It is well known that it takes about a year and a half, to comeback to full strength, from this injury.
Take the Money and Run
This year is very important for Ronnie, as his contract will end after this season. There is only part of his game, standing in question and that is his ability, to produce at a high level, for a full season.
“So what do I expect? I would expect without hesitation that Ronnie takes the next step in having a super year.”
–Tony Sparano, Head Coach of the Dolphins
Everyone knows around NFL, Brown a very gifted runner. Fantasy owners noticed this, when he was the top fantasy player, in the first half of 2007 season.
In the first seven games of the that campaign he posted a, 5.1 yard per carry, 602 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns.
He also displayed good receiving skills with, 39 receptions for, 389 yards and a touchdown. His per catch average was 10.0 that is an outstanding statistic in and of itself, for a running back!
Ronnie Brown’s Fantasy Value in 2009
The Dolphins will ride this stallion, back into the playoffs in 2009. With his knee problem now behind him, Ronnie is primed for a heavy work load this year.
Thanks to Bill Parcels, this stud running back now has a strong supporting cast around him. This will be the first year (at full health), that Ronnie will have that kind of help, in his young career.
To me Ronnie is not a fantasy player that will excel every year in fantasy leagues. But in ‘09 the stars are aligned, for Brown to post a top ten fantasy production. Look to select this runner, in the second or third round of your fantasy draft.
Written By: Sean Douglas – fantasy-info.com
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