Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 7/12/12

Donald Brown was a 1st round pick in 2009, but has not lived up to the billing so far, rushing for just 1423 yards and 10 scores on 341 carries in 3 seasons. It’s not like he’s never gotten a shot as former starter Joseph Addai was always injured, but he’s never been able to impress. With a new coaching staff in town and Joseph Addai completely out of the picture, Brown is expected to be given every opportunity to win the lead back job, but the Colts have no shortage of options behind him.

They’ve used a mid round pick in each of the last two years on running backs, taking Delone Carter and Vick Ballard. If Brown slips up, he’ll lose his job and possibly for good. The new coaching staff has no loyalty to him and could cut him after the season if someone else establishes themselves. For fantasy purposes, there’s definitely upside with Brown as he’ll be given a chance to carry the load, but also downside because he’s never shown himself to be anything more than an average back. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry last year, but 80 yards were on one run. Without that run, he averaged just 4.2 YPC last year, which, not surprisingly, is his career average.

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