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Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown

Running Back #39
Team: Los Angeles Rams
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 224 lb.
Born:May 16, 1993
Drafted:2015 / UDFA

Malcolm Brown: Facing backfield competition

Brown will compete for playing time in 2020 with sophomore Darrell Henderson (ankle) and this year's second-round pick Cam Akers, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The addition of Akers is a blow to Brown's fantasy stock, as Akers could quickly prove to be a better rusher between the tackles, whereas Henderson could be leaned on as more of a home-run threat in space and the passing game. However, Akers' ascension to the top of the depth chart isn't a guarantee. Brown also has experience in head coach Sean McVay's offense, and it's going to be an unprecedented offseason. Still, Brown could be difficult to rely on in most fantasy settings again in 2020.

April 25, 2020 10:51 AM EST

Malcolm Brown: Gets big opportunity sans Gurley

Brown and Darrell Henderson (ankle) are in line for increased roles after the Rams cut Todd Gurley on Thursday, Rich Hammond of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Rams figure to add another body or three to their backfield before Week 1, but the options may be limited for a team with a tough cap situation and no top-50 pick in the upcoming draft. Brown has experience and size working in his favor, while the small but speedy Henderson would be the upside play. Brown served as the No. 2 back for the majority of last season, with Henderson occasionally mixing in until an ankle injury required season-ending surgery in December. Henderson's status as a recent third-round pick may work in his favor, though the same could be said of Brown's familiarity with the Sean McVay offense.

March 20, 2020 11:51 AM EST

Malcolm Brown: Caps off campaign with score

Brown rushed nine times for 26 yards and a touchdown and caught a six-yard pass during Sunday's 31-24 win over Arizona.

Analysis: Brown finished off a frustrating season for the Rams with 255 rushing yards and five touchdowns -- both career-high marks. However, it was still a disappointing fantasy campaign after the backup scored twice in Week 1. An ankle injury cost him two games in the middle of the season, and Brown only played sparingly after returning to the field in Week 10. However, he once again proved to be a capable rusher when given an opportunity, especially inside the red zone. Brown begins the final season of a two-year contract with Los Angeles in 2020, and his role is unlikely to change significantly. In fact, he could even be supplanted by fellow running back Darrell Henderson -- the Rams' third-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

December 30, 2019 10:56 AM EST

Malcolm Brown: Barley plays in loss

Brown rushed once for negative yardage and failed to catch his only target during Saturday's 34-31 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: It was an uneventful evening for the backup rusher, and Brown's only seen the field for 17 offensive snaps the past two weeks. However, with the Rams eliminated from the playoffs, there's potential for Brown to receive more playing time in a meaningless Week 17 contest against Arizona.

December 23, 2019 9:29 AM EST

Malcolm Brown: No tread in blowout loss

Brown didn't receive a touch in Sunday's 44-22 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: The Rams' backfield fell victim to the Cowboys getting out to a quick lead, as Jared Goff heaved 51 passes. Todd Gurley was the team's only running back to garner a touch, as he rushed 11 times for 20 yards and a touchdown while catching three passes for 18 yards and another score. Gurley's looking as healthy as ever with 19 and 23 carries in the two games preceding this contest, so Brown's fantasy value is negligible for Week 16's matchup against the 49ers.

December 17, 2019 1:05 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Finds end zone in win

Brown rushed five times for 21 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-12 win over Seattle.

Analysis: This was the backup's fourth touchdown of the season, and he once again rushed effectively for the Rams when given the opportunity. Brown's fantasy upside remains limited, as he isn't receiving enough carries to move the needle. Additionally, No. 1 running back Tood Gurley is healthy and running better and better as the season progresses.

December 9, 2019 11:28 AM EST

Malcolm Brown: Effective in win over Cards

Brown rushed six times for 30 yards during Sunday's 34-7 win over Arizona. He played just 18 of 79 offensive snaps.

Analysis: While it's been a downhill season for the backup after he started the campaign with two touchdowns in Week 1, this was an improved showing for Brown. No. 1 running back Todd Gurley ran all over the Cardinals, and Brown also found success with 12- and nine-yard rushes. However, his fantasy value is minimal with Gurley healthy, and Darrell Henderson also mixing into the rushing attack.

December 2, 2019 12:01 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Ready for Week 12

Brown (personal) won't carry an injury designation into Monday's game versus Baltimore, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Brown didn't practice Thursday and Friday while awaiting the birth of his child, but he returned as a full participant for Saturday's session. The 26-year-old should serve his usual role Monday as Todd Gurley's top backup.

November 23, 2019 5:07 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Still away from team

Brown missed Friday's practice while he continues to await the birth of his child, 105.7 The Fan reports.

Analysis: Brown missed a second consecutive day of practice, still awaiting the birth of his child. He remains confident that he'll be able to play but should Brown not play or, at the very least, sees a reduced role, Darrell Henderson will serve as Todd Gurley's backup.

November 22, 2019 5:15 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Awaiting birth of child

Brown wasn't in attendance for Thursday's practice while he awaits the birth of his child, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: According to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com, Brown has told the Rams he intends to rejoin the team at some point before Monday's game against the Ravens, though it's unclear how much practice time he'll be in store for this week. In the event the Rams decide to limit Brown's role in the Week 12 game plan, Darrell Henderson would step in as the top complement to lead back Todd Gurley.

November 21, 2019 12:56 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Vultures touchdown in win

Brown carried the ball five times for 15 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-7 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Coach Sean McVay finally let starter Todd Gurley eclipse the 20-touch mark in a pseudo must-win game, which led to Brown seeing just five touches in a hard-fought victory. The talented backup was able to vulture a touchdown away from Gurley, which serves more as a nuisance to the latter's fantasy owners rather than a true boost in fantasy value for Brown. The 26-year-old will stick in a change-of-pace role against the Ravens next Monday.

November 17, 2019 11:06 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Officially doubtful

Brown (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: The final injury report confirms what coach Sean McVay said earlier Friday, likely leaving Darrell Henderson as the No. 2 back behind Todd Gurley, who has been cleared to return from his quadriceps injury. Brown failed to impress in a spot start last week, taking 11 carries for 40 yards in a 20-7 loss to the 49ers.

October 18, 2019 1:50 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Unlikely to play

Coach Sean McVay considers Brown (ankle) doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: McVay expects Todd Gurley (quadriceps) to suit up, with Darrell Henderson also getting some work. It remains to be seen how the Rams list Brown on their final injury report, but it doesn't sound like he has any real chance to play.

October 18, 2019 12:47 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Sits out Thursday's practice

Brown (ankle) didn't participate at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Brown was listed as a non-participant for the second straight day after suffering the ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the 49ers. He received the start in place of Todd Gurley (quad), who's been a limited participant so far this week. According to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com, coach Sean McVay indicated Brown is currently questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta, but he'll likely need to show some progress at Friday's practice to have a legitimate chance of suiting up.

October 17, 2019 8:08 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Doesn't practice Wednesday

Brown (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The severity of Brown's ankle injury is unclear, but it's not a great sign that he didn't participate at all while Todd Gurley managed individual drills as he recovers from a thigh contusion. In Brown's spot start for Gurley this past Sunday against the 49ers, he rushed 11 times for 40 yards while rookie RB Darrell Henderson had seven touches for 48 yards. Aside from Henderson, John Kelly is the only other healthy running back on the Rams' 53-man roster.

October 16, 2019 5:39 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Dealing with ankle injury

Coach Sean McVay considers Brown day-to-day as a result of an ankle injury, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Starting in place of Todd Gurley (quadriceps) this past Sunday against the 49ers, Brown managed to play just 36 of 53 offensive snaps, yielding the remaining 17 plays to rookie running back Darrell Henderson. On the statistical front, Brown notched 11 carries for 40 yards while Henderson turned seven touches into 48 yards from scrimmage. With injuries to tend to this week, both Gurley and Brown may have their practice reps capped, a situation that won't be known until the Rams release their first Week 7 practice report Wednesday.

October 15, 2019 10:33 AM EST

Malcolm Brown: Stifled in loss to 49ers

Brown carried 11 times for 40 yards and did not receive a target during Sunday's 20-7 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Brown led the team in carries in the absence of Todd Gurley (quadriceps), and despite racking up 35 yards on four consecutive carries during the Rams' first drive, he finished with rather modest numbers. He notably wasn't involved in the passing game at all, which likely limited the offense considering Gurley's regular involvement in that area when healthy. Los Angeles will face a much more favorable matchup on the road against the struggling Falcons next Sunday, and if Brown is called upon to make another start, he could fare much better.

October 13, 2019 5:24 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Should start

With Todd Gurley out, Brown is expected to start Sunday against the 49ers.

Analysis: Based on the Rams' previous usage, Brown is in line to get the lion's share of the carries, with rookie Darrell Henderson as the backup. But Henderson is the better pass catcher, and game-flow or a hot-hand situation could change the distribution of touches during the game.

October 13, 2019 3:53 AM EST

Malcolm Brown: Starting nod on tap

Brown has a chance to start Sunday against the 49ers with Todd Gurley (quadriceps) doubtful to suit up, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Brown has given Gurley the occasional breather this season, but the former is in line for an elevated workload because the workhorse is dealing with a quad contusion. Through five games, Brown has managed to put up 4.4 YPC and two TDs on his 26 rushes. That said, he may not make much of an impact as a receiver, as he's gathered in 19 of 25 targets in 45 career appearances. Behind Brown, rookie Darrell Henderson likely will be involved in the game plan as well.

October 11, 2019 2:58 PM EST

Malcolm Brown: Uninvolved at CenturyLink Field

Brown rushed once for three yards and only played three offensive snaps during Thursday's 30-29 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: This is the fourth consecutive game Brown has failed to move the fantasy needle, and he's accumulated just 61 rushing yards on 15 totes during that stretch. It's impossible to rely on him in most settings, and with more teams on byes over the coming weeks, it's not out of the question to cut the No. 2 back if needed.

October 4, 2019 1:00 PM EST

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