RB Malcolm Brown - Los Angeles Rams

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

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Week 11: vs Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Tough matchup. In close games this season, Todd Gurley typically plays approximately 75-percent of the Rams' offensive snaps. Unfortunately, due to a decreased workload and poor offensive line play, this has resulted in 0 100-yard games for Gurley this year. Last season, Gurley tallied 6 20-carry performances. However, he has recorded 0 such games through the first 9 games of this season. Additionally, the Rams' offensive line has been one of the worst in the NFL this season, lacking consistency regarding both the personnel on the field as well as their performance. The Rams lost two starters, Brian Allen and Rob Havenstein, to injury last weekend. The shuffling of previous starters and reserves throughout the lineup makes it unclear who will start for the team in week 11, but it will almost certainly result in a downgrade up-front. Todd Gurley has seen limited usage in 2019, which head coach and play-caller Sean McVay acknowledged after last week's loss to the Steelers. However, increased usage against the Chicago Bears' stout run defense may not be the best remedy for this struggling rushing attack. The Chicago Bears run defense ranks 4th in the NFL, allowing just 3.7 yards per carry this season. Their unit, headlined by Khalil Mack, has stifled rushing attacks by dominating in the trenches with sure tacklers filling in behind. Mack is tied atop the team's leaderboard in tackles for loss with breakout defensive tackle Nick Williams. Williams and Eddie Goldman have surprised many this season to make up one of the league's most-impressive defensive tackle pairings. At linebacker, the Bears lost their season-leader in tackles, Danny Trevathan, to a gruesome arm injury last week. In his place, Nick Kwiatkowski will step into a starting role. Kwiatkowski has been impressive in a small sample of playing time throughout his career, but the burden will be on second-year player Roquan Smith to step up and compensate for the loss of Trevathan in their defense. On the season, the Bears have only allowed 2 100-yard rushers. The Rams' offense has struggled to move the ball on the ground in 2019, and the Bears should be able to withstand the loss of Trevathan, but this is certainly a situation to keep an eye on. Overall, the Bears' defensive line should dominate the battle in the trenches against the Rams' horrendous offensive line, leaving Todd Gurley with very little room to run on Sunday night.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at PIT 12 5 10 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1
11 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 0.0 * * * *
11 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 0.4 * * * *
11 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 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 10 vs PIT (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown played over Darrell Henderson in the second half as the primary backup to Todd Gurley in Week 10. Brown had his best run of the game called back by penalty with neither Henderson or Brown showing much viability with Gurley the clear starter. This was Brown's first action back from injury following a two-game absence and the team's Week 9 bye.

2019 Week 6 vs SF (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown drew the start for the Rams with Todd Gurley out against the 49ers. Brown dominated snaps and touches in the backfield in the first half before Darrell Henderson saw extended time in the second half. Brown had four straight runs to start the Rams' opening possession, posting two first downs, adding another strong run in the red zone. However, the Rams offense went silent the rest of the game and Brown's success paralleled the sentiment. Brown had two scoring opportunities but was stuffed on third-down and fourth-down carries at the goal line. Brown was not used in the passing game or as much in clear comeback mode, favoring Darrell Henderson in the rotation. If Todd Gurley were to miss next week, the game script projects as more favorable against the suspect Falcons defense.

2019 Week 4 vs TB (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown sparsely played against Tampa Bay in the shootout loss. The reserve running back saw no snaps until the second quarter where he saw back-to-back carries. Once the game turned into serial comeback mode for the Rams, Todd Gurley dominated passing game work and Brown was relegated to sporadic snaps and a mere one target despite the team throwing 68 passes.

2019 Week 3 vs CLE (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown saw clear secondary snaps to starter Todd Gurley for a second straight week. Brown was stuffed in the run game and logged a drop as a receiver in the clunky performance. Brown remains one of the higher upside backup running backs in the NFL on opportunity alone as the Rams are finding their passing game rhythm and Brown has muted Darrell Henderson's potential rookie season impact entirely through three weeks.

2019 Week 2 vs NO (6 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Brown took a step back as starter Todd Gurley moved forward in the Rams backfield rotation against the Saints. Brown did not see the field until the mid-second quarter and his game was highlighted by two strong runs later in the second half, totaling 20 yards. With Brown not seeing the red zone involvement like in Week 1, Brown needs a blowout game script to see a strong workload or stat line without a Todd Gurley injury.

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.


Latest News

Rams | Malcolm Brown ready to play (Fri Nov 8, 07:25 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is not on the injury report for Week 10.

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Rams | LA Rams' injury report for Week 10 (Fri Nov 8, 04:46 PM) - Los Angeles Rams LB Bryce Hager (shoulder) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 10 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Nov. 8, but has also been ruled out. WR JoJo Natson (illness) was held out of practice for a second straight day Friday and is listed as questionable. RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not practice Friday but does not appear on the injury report. DT Tanzel Smart (illness), RB Malcolm Brown (ankle), LB Clay Matthews (jaw) and OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

Our View: Matthews will be a big addition to this defense. He, Dante Fowler and Aaron Donald will keep Mason Rudolph uncomfortable all afternoon.
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Rams | Malcolm Brown fully practices (Thu Nov 7, 08:23 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.

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Rams | Malcolm Brown listed as limited (Wed Nov 6, 08:03 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Our View: Brown could return this weekend and would probably relegate Darrell Henderson to #3 running back status. Either way, Todd Gurley is the only fantasy relevant running back on this roster without an injury to Gurley.
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