Bryce Brown: Eagles RB Becomes Must-Add in Fantasy After Breakout Performance

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst INovember 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 26:  Bryce Brown #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball in for a touchdown as  Sherrod Martin #23 of the Carolina Panthers defends on November 26, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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After only one half of play, Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown was utterly dominating the Carolina Panthers' defense in the Week 12 Monday Night Football showdown.

Brown carried the ball nine times for 129 yards and a touchdown, with the biggest chunk of his yardage coming on an explosive 65-yard touchdown run. Brown would finish the game with 19 carries for 178 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' losing effort.

With an injury to their star running back LeSean McCoy, Brown got the nod to carry the ball for Philadelphia and he hasn't let head coach Andy Reid and the Eagles down. It isn't easy to replace a talent like McCoy, but Brown is certainly getting it done.

Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer (via Twitter) broke the news about Brown's record-setting performance.

Bryce Brown set franchise record for rush yds in game for rookie. He now has 11 carries for 137 yds. Broke Correll Buckhalter mark (134 yds)

— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) November 27, 2012

Let's take a look at what Brown's performance means for fantasy football owners.


Fantasy Value

If fantasy owners don't have Brown on their roster yet, they will after this game. At this point in the fantasy football season, injuries and ineffectiveness have owners scouring the waiver wire for a reliable option at most positions, including running back.

After this game, don't wait long to pick up Brown because like yourself, other owners will be trying to scoop him up in the blink of an eye.

Brown will be a solid bet for the foreseeable future with McCoy being sidelined with a concussion (per It isn't yet known how long McCoy will be out with the concussion, but it could be another week or two if things don't go as planned.

If anything, the Eagles won't try to rush him back based on the fact that they are currently dead in the dirt as far as the playoffs are concerned. With nothing to play for, McCoy will take his time returning.

However, fantasy owners taking a chance on Brown must be aware of the fact that McCoy should return at some point this season and he will no doubt reclaim his starting spot. McCoy is the franchise running back for this team, so Brown doesn't stand a chance to keep his job for the long haul.

But still, Brown is clearly a great option to fill a hole late in the season. With fantasy playoffs right around the corner, most owners will only need one solid week from Brown and that could make all the difference in the world between fantasy greatness and failure.