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Scouting report

by Scott Pagel

SD RB Donald Brown - Week 5, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 - Brown vs. NY Jets
Last week Donald Brown had a dream matchup against a porous Jacksonville defense but only managed 10 carries for 19 yards and four catches for 35 yards.

What looked to be a big day for Brown turned into owners' worst nightmare. This week, it's not an ideal situation as the Bolts take on the Jets who are ranked seventh in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Brown is way down our list as an RB3 play as a result. In the two games Brown has started in place of Ryan Mathews, he's carried 41 times for 81 yards. He's a pretty risky play this week, and probably most weeks, as he's never had a large consistent workload in his career. He's getting the touches, but the production hasn't been there.

by Scott Pagel

SD RB Donald Brown - Week 4, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 - Brown vs. Jacksonville

Brown carried 31 times last week. He only had 62 yards rushing however. He did add five catches for 27 yards. It was the most carries he's had in a game in his career.

This week, it's a great home matchup against the Jags who are near the bottom of the league in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Brown very well may get 25-plus touches in this game, especially with the loss of RB Danny Woodhead for the season. If this one gets out of hand early enough, the Bolts may get some other backs more involved. But even so, Brown needs to be in lineups this week and is shaping up to be a RB1 play.

by Scott Pagel

SD RB Donald Brown - Week 3, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 - Brown vs. Buffalo
Donald Brown will be pressed into action this week with the loss of starter Ryan Mathews. Last week Brown carried seven times for 21 yards and added three catches for 10 yards against Seattle.

He gets a pretty good matchup this week against the Bills on the road. In fact, outside of the Jets in Week 5, San Diego's next seven weeks are all against defenses ranked between 15-30 in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Right now, Brown comes in as a low-end RB3 or flex play. He'll likely give away some work to Danny Woodhead, especially in the passing game. He seems better suited for deeper leagues until we see his workload.

by Scott Pagel

SD RB Donald Brown - Week 2, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Seattle
Donald Brown had just two carries last week and gets another tough matchup this week against the Seahawks. We thought Brown may get a little more work than that, but either way, he's not a fantasy option until we see more or the situation changes.

by Scott Pagel

SD RB Donald Brown - Week 1, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs Cardinals
Donald Brown was brought in to replace Ronnie Brown and be a more reliable backup to Ryan Mathews. Donald Brown and the Bolts get a tough Week 1 matchup though, taking on the top-ranked defense in allowing fantasy points to RBs in Arizona. We don't expect a lot of work for Brown in this one and it may be a tough-go for all of the SD backs.

by Bob Harris

SD RB Donald Brown - 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
The Chargers signed Donald Brown to a three-year, $10.5 million deal, which includes $4 million in guaranteed money, which is more than a number of higher-profile free agents going to teams with greater needs received this offseason. According to ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams, Brown is a good fit for San Diego's zone running scheme, with his one-cut, downhill running style.

Fantasy Downside
The Chargers have both Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead under contract for another season. Together, they combined for nearly 2,500 yards from scrimmage last season, with Mathews playing a full 16-game schedule for the first time in his career.

Bottom Line
Despite the strong finish, the run game hit the wall in the playoffs as Mathews dealt with a high-ankle sprain. That struggle may have been enough to convince the Chargers to add another body in the backfield, as Woodhead is a better fit as a change-of-pace back (76 receptions last season) than an every-down force. Brown has never accumulated more than 134 rushing attempts in any of his five NFL seasons to date, but he should be able to step in alongside Woodhead should Mathews revert to his injury-plagued ways or in a role similar to the one Ronnie Brown played year -- a hybrid of Mathews' workhorse and Woodhead's receiving threat.

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