2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics
Pros: Brown tallied 648 ground yards in nine games last year, scoring eight touchdowns and averaging 4.4 yards per carry. The Dolphins' ground-oriented attack favors Brown seeing sufficient touches; he can catch (and sometimes throw) passes, too, and is typically good for 30-plus receptions in a full season. It's a contract year.
Cons: He's coming back from a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot that cost him the final seven weeks of 2009. Brown sandwiched a 16-game 2008 with 16 contests combined in '07 and '09; durability is a concern. Before he was lost for the remainder of '09, his touchdowns came in bunches (three two-score games); head-to-head frustration, indeed. Ricky Williams had a renaissance '09 season in Brown's absence and has earned the right to frequent touches. How much will Brandon Marshall's arrival and Chad Henne's emergence take away from the rushing plans?
Fantasy tip: "If healthy" defines Brown's fantasy value, making him a risky and often overvalued No. 3 back, even in PPRs. He's mainly being drafted within the first four or five rounds, which is usually far too soon given his significant injury. If you grab him, be prepared to take another tailback soon after to shore up your crew.
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