RB Malcolm Brown - Los Angeles Rams

5-11, 224Born: 5-15-1993College: TexasDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 9): Brown is clearly way ahead of Darrell Henderson and almost even with Todd Gurley, maybe even ahead in the red zone. He scored twice and Gurley's usage indicates some concern about his ability to hold up all season. For now Brown is a flex against the Saints, but if Gurley wears down, he could be a league winner down the stretch.

Week 2: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Good matchup. After barely playing down the stretch in 2018, Todd Gurley opened the 2019 season by playing 71 percent of offensive snaps for the Los Angeles Rams. Throughout week one against the Carolina Panthers, Gurley carried the ball 14 times for 97 yards. Gurley's involvement in the offense increased from the levels he stooped to late in 2018, but still, do not quite match his early-2018 numbers. Gurley's backup, Malcolm Brown, also carried the ball 11 times in the season opener, including 2 carries inside the 5-yard line, which he converted into touchdowns. The Rams' offensive line has undoubtedly regressed since last season following critical departures on the interior of the unit in Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan. The tackles remain two of the best in the NFL in Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein who will be relied upon to anchor the offensive line to continue to drive this rushing attack forward. In week one, the New Orleans Saints allowed the Houston Texans to run for 7.8 yards-per-carry, the 2nd-worst mark in the entire NFL. To add insult to injury, the running back that primarily did the damage was Carlos Hyde, a man most had thought was washed up after fizzling out in Cleveland, Jacksonville, and Kansas City over the last 12 months. Hyde carried the ball 10 times for 83 yards on the night himself, while Duke Johnson contributed with 57 yards on just 9 carries. Coming off a season in which the New Orleans run defense ranked second in the NFL in yards-per-carry allowed, this type of performance was stunning. All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan turned in the only notably-strong performance of the week in run-support. Behind him, however, there was little cause for optimism. Starting linebacker Demario Davis turned in his worst run-stopping performance since joining the New Orleans Saints. Also, Von Bell finished the 2018 season as one of the league's best safeties in run support. This performance was undeniably critical to New Orleans' success defending the run, and he, too, played one of his worst games in run support in recent memory. Following such a strong season, overreacting to one single game of weak run defense would be a critical error in evaluating this matchup. Expect New Orleans' run defense to correct itself shortly and return to form as one of the league's best units.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at CAR 21 11 53 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 17.3
2 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 0.0 * * * *
2 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 0.0 * * * *
2 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 11 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Malcolm Brown's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 1 vs CAR (11 / 53 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown was on the field for less than half the snaps of starter Todd Gurley but saw all the meaningful red zone work and short-range touchdown opportunities against Carolina. Brown was the clear No.2 back over rookie Darrell Henderson, who barely saw the field in Week 1. Brown was excellent versus contact on inside runs in his first action back from a midseason injury in 2018. Brown broken multiple tackles on a highlight red zone carry and saw more snaps as the game progressed. Despite the disparity in snaps, Brown had 11 touches to Gurley's 15 on the day.

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Schedule

2vs New Orleans Saints
3@ Cleveland Browns
4vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5@ Seattle Seahawks
6vs San Francisco 49ers
7@ Atlanta Falcons
8vs Cincinnati Bengals
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Pittsburgh Steelers
11vs Chicago Bears
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13@ Arizona Cardinals
14vs Seattle Seahawks
15@ Dallas Cowboys
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17vs Arizona Cardinals