2013 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Donald Brown

By Dustin Manko
Donald Brown
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Earlier this week, I wrote about how it was time to cut bait on Trent Richardson. It’s unfortunate to say, as Richardson was drafted in the first few rounds of the draft and has fully disappointed fantasy football owners. Donald Brown entered the fantasy season as an afterthought, going undrafted in the majority of leagues.

When the Indianapolis Colts acquired Richardson earlier this season, it was all but a foregone conclusion that Brown would only be a handcuff to Richardson at best. However, over the course of the season, the exact opposite has happened. Brown has outplayed Richardson in every facet of the game and is clearly the running back to own from the Colts, and he could have some appeal as a RB2/flex player going forward.

It is no secret that the Colts want to be a run first team, despite having a great passing attack with Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton. Over the last four games, Brown has outperformed Richardson in three of them. While Richardson is showing hesitation and indecision, Brown is showing burst and power. He is getting more snaps than Richardson, including three down responsibilities.

It is painfully obvious to the eyeball test that Brown is the better back in Indianapolis. The coaching staff seems to be figuring that out, and should be making an effort to get Brown more involved, especially after putting up 94 all purpose yards and two touchdowns against a good Tennessee Titans run defense on Thursday night. If your running back situation has been under performing or if your team has been bitten by the injury bug, Brown could be a nice fill in down the stretch.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

Dustin Manko is an author at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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