Donald Brown | Indianapolis Colts | RB
Height: 5-10 Weight: 210 | Born: 4/11/1987
2013 Experience: 6th Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: I’m a little concerned that Kerwynn Williams will pass Donald Brown on the depth chart as the season moves along. Brown was passed by Vick Ballard last season, and Williams should be a better third down option or change of pace back in the future than Brown.
Look for Brown to stay with the Colts this year but the team will probably move on from their veteran running back after the season is over. Don’t look to Brown as an option to draft.
July Update: With the signing of Ahmad Bradshaw, Brown is on the bubble to make the team. If he does win a roster spot it will either come from injury or he will be the third back on the depth chart behind Bradshaw and Ballard. He’s not an option in fantasy drafts.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Donald Brown here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
Donald Brown appeared to be nothing more than a first round bust until a second half surge in 2011, earned him a committee role for this year. Who knows if Brown will get the majority of touches, as the Colts are primed for a power run game, and Brown isn’t exactly good at running in-between the tackles. Fellow runners Delone Carter and rookie Vick Ballard may see more time, but Brown did show improvement, so let’s keep an eye on this situation in training camp.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
With Joseph Addai re-signing and the expected emergence of rookie Delone Carter, it looks like Donald Brown will find his way into the No.3 slot on the Colts running back depth chart. Brown has struggled in pass protection to say the least and Peyton Manning doesn’t seem to trust him on the field.
At the same time, Brown isn’t an effective runner in-between the tackles and at the goal line like Carter projects to be and Addai has proven already. Don’t look to Brown as an option worth throwing on your cheat sheet this summer.
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June 2011 – Things Not Looking Good For Brown
With local writers already talking about a one contract and done for Donald Brown, just goes to show you this former first round pick is a bust. Joseph Addai is going to hit the free agent market and Brown will probably fight rookie Delone Carter for the starting job. In the long run I like Carter as he has the skills to be a dependable inside runner and Brown isn’t getting much done.
Brown will probably be selected in fantasy drafts this summer, but unless he has a complete change in his performance on the field, he won’t be a factor for your squad. Look to Carter as a fantasy sleeper to snag at a great value.
Donald Brown came into the 2009 fantasy season hot on Addai’s trail but the veteran pulled away and produced a solid year. Brown is clearly going to be the backup to start this season but with Addai’s injury history, Brown could be a valuable fantasy starter at any point.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Donald Brown had a learning curve to grow through as he was clearly Joseph Addai’s backup in 2009. The first round draft pick did show flashes of his talent in the running game and passing game but that was about it in his first year.
For the season Brown only carried the football 78 times as he missed games due to injury.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Brown has shown a notable improvement in his comprehension of the Colts’ offense this offseason and it should payoff in more work this year. I expect the Colts to use Brown more this year as he should be ready to take over the starting job in 2011.
Addai is in his final year of his contract and the Colts are fully expected to let him walk this coming offseason. Because of this the team needs to see Brown take some big strides this year and it looks like he’s ready to do just that. Because Addai has had health issues throughout his career Brown makes for a decent stash away player in deep leagues.
- Good Overall Skill
- Great Offense
- Backup To Addai
- Heavy Pass First Offense