Bryce Brown's Flop in Week 14 Makes Value Questionable for Fantasy Football

Zac WatneCorrespondent IIDecember 12, 2012

Just part of a rough day for Brown and the Eagles' ground game
Just part of a rough day for Brown and the Eagles' ground gameJ. Meric/Getty Images

Bryce Brown was a wrecking ball during a two-game stretch for the Philadelphia Eagles recently, busting through defense and piling up big numbers. But would it last?

Due to his performances against the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys (372 total yards and four touchdowns), millions of fantasy football players snagged him off of waiver wires, hoping to ride his surge deep into their leagues' playoffs.

The Eagles' most recent opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—the NFL's leading defense against the rush, currently holding opposing teams to 78.2 yards per game—had other plans in mind.

Looking to fill the void left by LeSean McCoy after he went down with a concussion, Brown stepped in and had monster games against two average defenses against the run. Eagles fans must have been foaming at the mouth knowing Brown was able to not only hold his own, but excel, while the dynamic McCoy sat on the sidelines.

Fantasy football owners were foaming too, adding him to their starting rosters in anticipation of more big numbers while the fantasy football playoffs started.

The results last week against the Buccaneers: 12 total yards of offense (six yards rushing, six yards receiving).

His performance barely made a blip in fantasy football scoring algorithms, and surprisingly the Philadelphia Eagles were able to scratch their way to a win with a late touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Jeremy Maclin.

With McCoy’s playing status still in flux, and with the 11th-ranked rushing defense coming to town in the form of the Cincinnati Bengals, fantasy football players and Eagles fans alike have to be a bit concerned about what they are going to see in terms of backfield production. 


Update (2:25 EST): McCoy has been ruled out for week 15.