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Donald Brown, Danny Woodhead fantasy options while Ryan Mathews is out

Danny-Woodhead-ChargersDonald Brown and Danny Woodhead will be two names to consider when you put in your waiver requests for your fantasy league this week.

San Diego Chargers starting running back Ryan Mathews was carted off the field with a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. UT San Diego says the initial prognosis is that Mathews has a sprained MCL in his right knee, though there is no timetable for how long he will be out.

While Mathews recovers, Brown and Woodhead will split the carries for San Diego’s offense.

Brown, a former first-round pick by the Colts, had 21 yards on seven carries and 3 catches for 10 yards against Seattle. Woodhead, who is in his second season with the Chargers, rushed for 32 yards on 8 carries and caught 4 passes for 28 yards.

We’re expecting Brown to assume a similar role to what Mathews had in the Chargers’ offense as a featured back. Woodhead will probably maintain his role as a receiving option on passing downs and occasional rusher.

Dan Orlovsky Has Been Living with Donald Brown Rent-Free

When Donald Brown broke an 80-yard touchdown run against the Titans on Sunday, it marked one of the lone bright spots in a season that has been one of the most depressing in Indianapolis Colts history. The Colts finally picked up their first win of the year on their 14th try, one that also happened to be the first of Dan Orlovsky’s career as an NFL starter. Orlovsky even threw a block that helped spring Brown free on his 80-yard run. As it turns out, Dan owed his fellow UConn Husky a favor.

“I’ve been living at his house for four months, rent free,” Orlovsky said according to the Indianapolis Star. “He told me the hip check was the least I could do.”

Orlovsky has been living with Brown since the Colts signed him as a free agent back in September.  The two played college ball at the same school, so the compatibility was likely already there.  I wonder if Brown makes him do the dishes or cut the lawn.

It’s nice to have your own place, but living with a teammate beats shacking up with your parents — right Andy Rautins?

H/T to Shutdown Corner for pointing out the story.

Donald Brown Breaks Out for Colts, Austin Collie Goes Down with Third Concussion

With their 9th straight playoff appearance on the line at home against the Jaguars, the Colts scratched out a 34-24 win. Jacksonville has to be extremely disappointed with the loss because a win would have given them their first ever AFC South title. The Colts however have some bad news to bring them down from the delight of their win.

Wide receiver Austin Collie, who was returning from his second concussion of the season, broke out as we predicted. He caught eight passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in his first game since week 11. But Collie was led into triple coverage on a bad pass by Peyton Manning late in the first half and had his head hit hard. Collie was down for a few minutes before walking off the field after suffering his third concussion of the season. There is little doubt that Collie is done for the season and one can’t help but wonder if this may become a chronic problem for the second-year receiver from BYU.

The bright side for the Colts was the strong play by Donald Brown. The former first-round pick busted out with his best career performance, rushing for a career high 128 yards including a 43-yard touchdown and 49-yard run. With starter Joseph Addai still out because of a neck injury and Mike Hart out with an ankle injury, it’s on Donald Brown to carry the Colts’ league-worst rushing attack. On Sunday, he did just that. With the Jags home against the Redskins and at Houston to close out the season and the Colts at Oakland and home against Tennessee, I like Jacksonville’s chances of beating out Indy for the division.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Donald Brown Could Become Hot Fantasy RB Pickup with Joseph Addai Hurt

Maybe you’re like me and you’ve had Donald Brown stashed away on your fantasy bench waiting for the moment he could step in and replace Joseph Addai in the high-powered Indy offense. If you were, your hopes and patience may have finally paid off. The Colts are on a bye this week, but when they return they may get former first-round pick Donald Brown back from injury while Addai may be out.

Brown’s missed the last three games because of a hamstring injury so former Michigan product Mike Hart took on Indy’s backup running back role. The bad news for the Colts, besides Dallas Clark’s wrist problems, is that Joseph Addai’s shoulder looks like a serious issue. It’s been reported that Addai has a nerve problem in his shoulder that could keep him out several weeks. It’s a bad break for Addai who’s been running the ball better than he has since his rookie year in 2006, but he still might not miss any time.

If Addai is out, Brown should be fully recovered from his hamstring injury in time to take over the feature back role. While the Colts traditionally don’t run the ball too heavily, they elect to handoff inside the 10 quite frequently, making it a running back touchdown heaven. Plus, if Dallas Clark is lost for the year, they might run the ball more than usual (though that’s not guaranteed). I’ve been waiting for a while to see what Brown can do. Maybe in a few weeks we’ll finally find out.