by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) Colts coach Chuck Pagano didn't give a detailed update Monday on the status of running back Donald Brown other than to say he is day to day after suffering a stinger Sunday against the Texans.
Donald Brown doesn't end up returning
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/15/13) Colts running back Donald Brown left in the first quarter Week 15 against the Texans with a stinger and missed the rest of the game. He was off to a good start before the injury, bouncing back from an 11-yard effort last week with five carries for 38 yards.
Trent Richardson played well in his absence, picking up 60 yards on his final nine carries. He also had four catches for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Brown's status for Week 16 at Kansas City is unknown as of now. If he's forced to miss the game, Richardson would get the bulk of the work out of the backfield.
Donald Brown leaves early with stinger
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/15/13) Colts running back Donald Brown suffered a stinger in the first quarter Week 15 against the Texans and had to leave the game. He was off to a good start, carrying the ball five times for 38 yards to bounce back from an 11-yard effort last week.
He is questionable to return. Trent Richardson figures to get more playing time in his absence.
Better matchup for Donald Brown
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/10/13) As expected, Colts running back Donald Brown wasn't much of a factor against a top-five Bengals run defense last week, but the outlook is better for him Week 15 against the Texans.
Houston ranks 21st against the run this season, allowing 118.5 yards per game, and has given up the 11th-most Fantasy points to running backs this season. The Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew has rushed for 187 yards in two games against them, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He has averaged 3.0 yards per carry in his other 11 games this season.
Brown picked up 49 yards on six carries when he visited the Texans in Week 9, but the Colts were relying more on Trent Richardson back then. Brown seems to be their preferred backfield option right now.
Against a struggling team that just fired its head coach, the Colts could jump out to an early lead and rely on Brown to close out the game, but Texans have played the Jaguars and Patriots close the last couple weeks. Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank Brown among their top 20 running backs for this week, but given the uncertain backfield situation and inconsistent offensive philosophy, he's better used as a flex option in Fantasy.
Donald Brown manages just 29 total yards
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/8/13) Colts running back Donald Brown had four carries for 11 yards in Sunday's 42-28 loss to the Bengals. He also caught four passes for 18 yards.
Brown, who was targeted six times in the game, didn't really get into a groove at any point in the game. His fellow running back, Trent Richardson, had a season-high 88 total yards, including 50 in the fourth quarter.
The Colts face the Texans in Week 15. Brown had six carries for 49 yards when the teams played in Week 9.
12/17/2013 13:10 Playing the Waiver Wire for Week 16
Still looking for a useful piece for your run at a Fantasy title? Our Jamey Eisenberg provides a few options off your waiver wire, depending on your needs.
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Is this the year Donald Brown is going to break out and be an asset to Fantasy owners? That's the question we've been asking for four seasons. Drafted in the first round in 2009 with lofty expectations, Brown has yet to total 1,000 yards in a single year and has a total of 11 touchdowns (all rushing) in 50 games on 449 carries. Not considered explosive and in a training camp battle with second-year back Vick Ballard, Brown is likely to disappoint again, so why waste a valuable pick on him? Unless things change in training camp, expect Brown to be available with a mid- to late-round pick, which isn't exactly awful since he does have some ability and might aim to play at his best since he's in a contract year. We just haven't seen that ability regularly over his career. (Updated 4/26/13)