The Los Angeles Rams will be without their backup running back for at least the remainder of the regular season. According to Mike Garafolo, Malcolm Brown is out for the rest of the season, though his status for the postseason is up in the air.
Brown suffered a clavicle injury against the Lions and underwent a procedure on Monday to repair it. With Brown out, Kelly and Davis will need to step up. Only Davis has been active this season (eight games) but has yet to receive a single carry, the story said. It's possible if the Rams wrap things up sooner than later, Kelly and/or Davis could see some time during the fantasy playoffs, so this is a key bit of news for Gurley owners.
LA RB Malcolm Brown - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook
The Rams re-signed Malcolm Brown, who was an exclusive rights free agent and who operated as Todd Gurley's primary backup in 2017. If Todd Gurley were to suffer an injury, Brown would be elevated to the Rams' No. 1 back. With the way Sean McVay uses his running back in both the passing and rushing game, Brown would have fantasy appeal.
Brown was Gurley's backup a year ago and finished with just 246 rushing yards on 63 carries. Worse yet, he caught just 9 passes on 11 targets for 53 yards. If Gurley is healthy, Brown won't see the field much.
2018 Bottom Line
Brown is currently listed as our No. 69 ranked RB heading into preseason. Unless Gurley suffers an injury, there's no reason to roster Brown—even as a handcuff to Gurley. Avoid him on draft night.