Philadelphia Eagles‘ Bryce Brown didn’t have many opportunities to shine as a rookie in 2012, but he made the most of what he was given. He showed incredible explosiveness when filling in for featured back LeSean McCoy. In his two 100-plus-yard performances, Brown averaged over seven yards per carry and scored four total touchdowns. He’s a quick back with a big frame who’s generated plenty of excitement for Eagles fans over the last year. If he continues playing at a high level, Brown could see an increased workload in 2013 and warrant a late-round fantasy draft pick.
Coach Chip Kelly‘s run-heavy style should bode well for Brown and allow him to see more touches this year. Kelly will have to find the right balance between McCoy and Brown, but he could have a two-headed monster in the backfield in his first year as an NFL head coach. Brown averaged 4.9 yards per carry on 115 rushes in 2012, and I don’t see why Brown’s workload can’t increase to the ballpark of 150 carries, especially given McCoy’s durability issues.
As far as backup running backs go, Brown is looking like one of the best in the league heading into 2013. He might not be a fantasy stud all season, but you can count on him to explode for a few big performances. It could be a great move to take Brown as a handcuff to McCoy. Brown’s speed and big-run capabilities make for, at the very least, an intriguing fantasy sleeper.