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|Itís a sorry state of affairs when a teamís top fantasy option on offense is a former 1st round pick who enters his 4th year in the league with career highs of 645 rushing yards and 205 receiving yards. But thatís the case with Donald Brown and the Colts in 2012. While Brown was surprisingly decent in 2011, the fact remains that he has started just 11 games in three years with most of the starts coming due to injuries to former Colt Joseph Addai and has topped 70 yards rushing just three times. Hey, just how promising can a guyís prospects be when he started his most successful season getting exactly zero carries over the first four games of that season? With a cast of players ill-suited to be a feature back, the Colts are staring squarely at a running back by committee approach in 2012 with Brown the front runner to get the most carries. He rates as a RB4 with some decent risk but also some upside if he can figure out the path to success isnít dancing in the backfield.
|Donald Brown to start for Colts -- Sun Dec 1 8:30 am --|
Trent Richardson demoted
| The Indianapolis Colts have finally decided to ride the hot hand.
Running back Trent Richardson will be benched in favor of Donald Brown, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First." Richardson will be the second-string back with a reduced workload, Silver said. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Kudos to the Colts for making the move as Brown has been outproducing Richardson for some time now. Richardson should be avoided in fantasy lineups today while Brown checks in as a low-end RB2 against the Titans.
| Bradshaw's long-term status unclear -- Thu Oct 3 10:00 am --|
No definitive word on neck injury
|The Indianapolis Colts are hopeful but concerned regarding the immediate and long-term status of Ahmad Bradshaw, according to a team source. Ideally, the neck injury suffered by the veteran running back at San Francisco Sept. 22 will heal on its own with treatment and rest. However, the source added there is a level of concern that surgery might be required, which would bring into question Bradshawís status for the remainder of the season. (Indianapolis Star)|
FF Today's Take: Bradshaw hasn't practiced this week and it seems unlikely that he will be available for Week 5. Donald Brown will backup Trent Richardson and has some stash value in deeper leagues.
| Colts lose Bradshaw for Week 4 -- Fri Sep 27 11:00 am --|
|The Indianapolis Colts will be without their leading rusher for the second time in four games.
Ahmad Bradshaw is out for Sundayís game at Jacksonville, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. He didnít practice all week after suffering a neck injury in last Sundayís win at San Francisco. (Indianapolis Star)|
FF Today's Take: Trent Richardson and Donald Brown will handle the running back duties with Richardson becoming RB1 against a shaky Jacksonville defense.