The Buffalo Bills have a great trio at the running back position heading into the 2014 season. However, the most important back to potentially watch for in fantasy football dynasty formats is former Philadelphia Eagles rusher Bryce Brown.
Brown was the backup for LeSean McCoy over the last two seasons. He played well in 2012, but fell out of favor in the new Eagles offense led by Chip Kelly. In his first season, Brown had 115 carries for 564 yards and four touchdowns, with four fumbles. Last year, he rushed the ball just 75 times with 314 yards and just two scores.
Now with the Bills, Brown is third on the depth chart, behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Unless either running back gets hurt, Brown will see very little of the field in 2014. Both running backs have a high chance of hitting the IR because of their beaten past. If you plan on drafting one of the two valuable rushers, plan to select Brown later in your draft.
Looking past 2014, Brown’s fantasy value could skyrocket. There have been rumors of the Bills trading Spiller since they traded for Brown. That paired with the fact Jackson continues to get older and Brown could become the Bills starter as soon as next season.
As of right now, Brown is just a handcuff in standard leagues. He will see little playing time as the No. 3 running back. He has some value in deeper leagues and, of course, if either of the other Bills backs go down with an injury. He shouldn’t be drafted in a 10-team league unless you also draft Spiller or Jackson.
Brown will be one of the first players added from the waiver wire if any injury should occur.