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Fantasy Info: Donald Brown Could Steel Joseph Addai’s Starting Role

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In 2007 Joseph Addai claimed the starting running back role in the Colts offense. That year Addai amassed over 1,400 total yards and 15 touchdowns. With Joseph in the prime of his career and on the high powered Colts offense, one could only envision more success for this young runner in 2008.

Coming into his 3rd season in the NFL, No. 29 was drafted in the first round in most fantasy football leagues around the world. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Addai flopped and produced only a 600 total yard, 7 touchdown effort in 08. Granted he did miss 4 games with an injury, but he just didn’t seem to be the same explosive player he was just one short season ago.

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Changes in Indianapolis

In the 2009 NFL draft, Joseph saw his fantasy value drop when the Indianapolis drafted 1st round runner Donald Brown. Addai will now be the No.1 runner in a heavy two back system.

Donald is a very talented and shift runner, which is the kind of guy that Indianapolis likes to have. From Marshell Faulk to now Donald Brown the Colts always seem to place importance on a runner that can not only run but catch as well.

At this point in time Joseph Addai needs to stay healthy for an entire season now more then ever. If he should faulter at any time then this young runner could step in and be a fantasy star. Beyond just having fantasy football relevance, Brown is definitely a threat to take Addai’s starting job, if the veteran doesn’t bounce back to his form of 2007 by mid-season.

Unfortunately for Joesph, Brown is probably not the biggest concern for his success this season.

What may hurt Joseph’s ranking the most is his coaching staff, is in massive turnover this season.The Colts coaching staff is in disarray as his Head coach, O-line coach and offensive coordinator are all gone. Not to also note that the Colts quarterback coach and defensive coordinator are gone as well.

In some organizations offensive coordinators seem to change (49ers) every year. But the Colts however had their offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, throughout Peyton Manning’s career. In the end you just don’t lose that chemistry and not go through some bumps in the road for awhile.

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Fantasy Football Information for Joesph Addai and Donald Brown

Joesph Addai is still a young talented runner. Even though the addition of first round pick Donal Brown hurts his fantasy ranking, it may keep him healthy for the entire year. Joseph has struggled with health issues since his days at LSU.

If you acquire Joe as a 3rd back/ flex play in fantasy leagues this season, I believe you will have him at fair value. Look for Joesph to receive the lions share of the touchdown opportunity’s this season as well.

As far as Donald Brown is concern he will be a key role player on the team to start the year. Right now he will probably see 10 to 13 touches a game in the offense. But watch out as this kid is very fantasy friendly and could be a solid pick me up for your team is Addai should continue to have injury problems.

Right now Brown makes for a fine late round stash away or hand cuff to Addai at your fantasy football draft in 2009.

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