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Malcolm Brown

Miami Dolphins
Running Back #39
Miami Dolphins
Running Back #39
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Finds end zone Sunday

Brown carried the ball seven times for 31 yards and a touchdown and failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: He did most of his damage on a 24-yard TD carry in the first quarter, helping the Dolphins jump out to an early 14-0 lead that the defense couldn't protect. Brown still saw far fewer touches than Myles Gaskin despite his early success, but with backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett under center for at least two more weeks while Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) is on IR, the Dolphins could put more emphasis on the running game in Week 4 at home against the Colts.

Sep 26, 2021 7:06 PM EST

Another five-carry day

Brown handled five carries for 21 yards during Sunday's 35-0 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Brown split backfield work fairly evenly with Myles Gaskin (five carries) and Salvon Ahmed (six carries) during Sunday's blowout loss, though the gamescript was admittedly unusual. It remains to be seen whether Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) or Jacoby Brissett will start Week 3 against the Raiders, but no matter the case, Brown's rotational role will make it difficult to start him in almost any fantasy format.

Sep 20, 2021 4:38 PM EST

Solid effort in preseason win

Brown rushed 10 times for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 37-17 preseason win over the Falcons on Saturday night.

Analysis: The offseason acquisition turned in an impressive effort after backfield Myles Gaskin notched a pair of first-half touchdowns and 71 total yards. Brown's rushing score came from a yard out and capped off Miami's opening possession of the second half. Brown didn't look anywhere near as effective while playing against members of the Bears' first-unit defense in the preseason opener, however, so it remains to be seen if he's done anything that would be enough to dislodge Gaskin from what may be the lead-back role to open the season, even if he holds that title by a relatively narrow margin.

Aug 21, 2021 7:39 PM EST

Starts over Gaskin

Brown got the start in Saturday's preseason loss to Chicago, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins played nearly all of their healthy starters, including RBs Myles Gaskin. The question now is whether Gaskin is even a starter, considering Brown got most of the snaps and carries with the first-team offense Saturday afternoon. Granted, the former Ram wasn't exactly effective, taking nine carries for eight yards and one catch for seven yards. Brown got all his work while starting QB Tua Tagovailoa was still in the game, with Gaskin subbing in for the first unit and then splitting snaps with Salvon Ahmed on the second-string offense. Brown's NFL track record and one-year, $1.75 million contract don't exactly scream starter, but he could perhaps win that role if the Dolphins are feeling iffy about Gaskin. All eyes on Miami's backfield for an Aug. 21 preseason game against Atlanta.

Aug 14, 2021 1:38 PM EST

Key role incoming?

Coach Brian Flores said he feels confident in Brown handling "a variety of roles: short yardage, third down, goal line," Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins didn't add another name to the backfield until the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft, when the team grabbed Gerrid Doaks. That speaks to the team's confidence in its current three-man committee, which includes Brown alongside Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed. Gaskin still appears primed for the lead role, but it seems possible that Brown, whom Flores praised as "reliable" and "dependable," could beat out Ahmed for No. 2 duties. During his time with the Rams, Brown found particular success in situations where the team only needed to pick up between one and three yards.

May 5, 2021 12:12 PM EST

Going to South Beach

The Dolphins and Brown agreed to a contract Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Brown was serviceable when called upon during six seasons with the Rams, averaging 4.0 yards per carry overall and scoring 10 touchdowns the past two campaigns. Miami may continue to upgrade its backfield as the offseason goes on, but for the time being Brown slots in as the primary backup to current No. 1 option Myles Gaskin.

Mar 16, 2021 3:27 PM EST

Could be done with Rams

Brown isn't expected to sign an extension with the Rams, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Brown spent six years with the Rams after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2015. This was his most productive season with 419 rushing yards, 162 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He was utilized primarily in obvious passing and third-down situations late in the season and during the playoffs, as rookie running back Cam Akers ascended to the top of the depth chart and proved capable of handling the majority of the workload. Brown's fantasy value will obviously depend on where he signs, but he's capable of being a valuable complement to a real-world backfield because of his versatility and ability to pass block.

Jan 19, 2021 9:50 AM EST

Bulk of work in fourth quarter

Brown rushed nine times for 30 yards and caught his only target for nine yards during Saturday's 30-20 win over Seattle. He played 20 of 73 offensive snaps.

Analysis: The Rams leaned on rookie Cam Akers early and often Saturday, so there wasn't much work left over for Brown. It's worth noting that while Brown didn't receive a carry until the third quarter, he out-touched Akers eight to three in the fourth quarter. Head coach Sean McVay trusts Brown, and the sixth-year running back has consistently been involved in the offense all season. Still, Brown hasn't been receiving enough opportunities -- just 29 carries and 11 targets over the past eight games -- to make a major fantasy impact, and it will likely be Akers in the lead-back role again against the Packers in the Divisional Round on Saturday.

Jan 11, 2021 6:15 AM EST

Runs behind rookie in win

Brown rushed three times for 20 yards and caught his only target for negative two yards during Sunday's 18-7 win over Arizona.

Analysis: The veteran running back was limited all week in practice with a shoulder injury, so it was encouraging to see him suit up for the regular-season finale. However, it was rookie Cam Akers who started and saw most of the work out of the backfield. Akers played 48 offensive snaps to Brown's 23, and it wouldn't be surprising if a similar timeshare continues against Seattle in the wild-card round. Brown's unlikely to make a major fantasy splash as long as Akers is healthy.

Jan 4, 2021 6:25 AM EST

Closes week with full practice

Brown (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after practicing fully Friday, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: After being passed up by Darrell Henderson and then Cam Akers on the depth chart this season, Brown suddenly looks like he could be in store for a three-down role with a playoff spot on the line for the Rams in Week 17. Henderson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after sustaining a high-ankle sprain, while Akers missed Week 16 with the same injury and hadn't practiced in any capacity this week before logging a limited workout Friday. The Rams are listing Akers as questionable for the regular-season finale, but given the strong possibility that he'll only handle a small role if he suits up, Brown projects as the better fantasy option Week 17. The Rams have valued Brown mostly for his work as a pass blocker this season, but he's been reasonably efficient as a runner (4.1 yards per carry) and pass catcher (5.1 yards per target) while reaching the end zone five times.

Jan 1, 2021 3:21 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Brown (shoulder) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Analysis: The Rams capped Brown's reps at Wednesday's walk-through and did the same during a regular session one day later. Due to high-ankle sprains hindering both Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson -- the latter of whom won't play Week 17 -- the team may be managing Brown to get him to game day intact. In any case, Akers has yet to be ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Cardinals, so Brown may still have some competition for reps if the former surprisingly gains clearance to suit up. In the five outings in which Brown has earned at least 50 percent of the snaps on offense this season, he averaged 13.2 touches for 61.2 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring three TDs.

Dec 31, 2020 5:16 PM EST

Limited by shoulder issue

Brown was limited on Wednesday's practice estimate due to a shoulder injury, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Analysis: Not only are Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson tending to respective high-ankle sprains, but Brown is banged up as well. The Rams have placed Henderson on injured reserve, ruling him out for Week 17 and potentially the first two rounds of the postseason (if the Rams lock up a berth). Meanwhile, Akers was listed as a non-participant Wednesday, leaving Brown to handle theoretical backfield reps. Fortunately for Brown, he would have practiced if a session was held and still seems poised to be the Rams' starting running back Sunday versus the Cardinals.

Dec 30, 2020 4:43 PM EST

Likely Week 17 starter

Brown will likely start Sunday's game against Arizona with Darrell Henderson (ankle) and Cam Akers (ankle) both injured, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Rams placed Henderson on injured reserve Tuesday, and while Akers appears to have a shot at returning Week 17 his availability is currently iffy at best. Both Akers and Henderson are dealing with high-ankle sprains. With a playoff spot on the line for Los Angeles, and Jared Goff (thumb) already ruled out for the regular-season finale, the backfield situation will warrant close monitoring as the week continues. Rookies Xavier Jones and Raymond Calais will stand to work behind Brown if Akers can't go.

Dec 30, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Produces 35 scrimmage yards

Brown carried seven times for 27 yards and caught one of three targets for eight yards during Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: While Darrell Henderson (ankle) received 12 carries in the absence of Cam Akers (ankle), the former opened the door for Brown to play a larger role when he left with an injury of his own. Brown averaged just 3.9 yards per carry and managed a modest gain on his only reception while the offense as a whole struggled to move the ball against a beatable Seattle defense. The team's backfield situation is quite murky ahead of next Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals, but Brown is currently the healthiest option and could be in for more touches if his teammates are unable to suit up.

Dec 27, 2020 7:27 PM EST

More work likely sans Akers

Head coach Sean McVay said both Brown and Darrell Henderson will be "heavily involved" in the Rams' game plan Sunday in Seattle with top back Cam Akers (ankle) ruled out for the contest, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. "I mean they'll both get work," McVay said of Brown and Henderson. "As far as the specifics, I'm not really sure. We're just getting into the initial parts of the game plan."

Analysis: Before Akers emerged as the team's clear top back over the past three games, the lead option out of the Los Angeles backfield had been a difficult one to predict in any given week. Expect that to be the case this weekend, as McVay was unwilling to anoint either Brown or Henderson as the No. 1 option, nor was he willing to divulge how the reps may be divvied up between the two. Brown earned double-digit touches in five of the Rams' first eight games of the season, but he's taken a back seat in terms of both playing time and usage in the second half of the Rams' schedule, logging no more than 46 percent of offensive snaps while averaging 6.1 touches per contest between Weeks 10 and 15. Henderson has seen his role decline similarly in the wake of Akers getting more work of the late, but the second-year player has been a more explosive runner and receiver than Brown in the opportunities they've received this season. Brown's skills as a pass blocker should allow him to see plenty of reps Week 15, but Henderson probably represents the more fantasy-friendly option of what will likely be a timeshare arrangement.

Dec 22, 2020 8:46 AM EST

Just two touches in loss

Brown rushed once for four yards and caught his only target for six yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: With just 10 rushes for 25 yards and five receptions for 59 yards over the past five weeks, Brown's usage has taken him almost completely off the fantasy radar. The veteran should continue to see the field and receive a handful of opportunities in each of the next two regular-season games, but his recent numbers probably shouldn't inspire managers to turn to him in any fantasy format.

Dec 21, 2020 9:35 AM EST

Workload continues to dwindle

Brown failed to catch his only target and didn't receive a carry during Thursday's 24-3 win over New England. He played just six offensive snaps.

Analysis: Rookie Cam Akers started and gashed the Patriots early and often Thursday, and there weren't many opportunities left over for Brown or sophomore Darrell Henderson. Since scoring two touchdowns in Week 10 against Seattle, the veteran Brown has only rushed nine times for 21 yards and caught four passes for 53 yards over the past four games. Those numbers don't tilt the fantasy scales, and with Akers appearing set to handle a hefty weekly workload, there probably won't be many opportunities for Brown moving forward. Additionally, Henderson probably profiles as a better change-of-pace option. At this stage of the game, Brown's value is dependent on finding the end zone, and he's probably not even first in line for red-zone or short-yardage carries.

Dec 11, 2020 6:57 AM EST

Bumped down pecking order

Brown rushed three times for negative three yards and caught his lone target for 30 yards during Sunday's 38-28 win over Arizona. He played just 13 offensive snaps.

Analysis: After leading the Rams' backfield in offensive snaps last week, Brown trailed both rookie Cam Akers (52) and sophomore Darrell Henderson (18) Sunday. Additionally, it was Akers handling the backfield duties on the last two series, which was often a role the veteran Brown handled. Making matters worse, Henderson scored a 38-yard touchdown, and Akers had his best game of the season. Brown's likely to remain involved, but his fantasy value is clearly plummeting. He's difficult to start confidently in most settings.

Dec 7, 2020 7:25 AM EST

Leads backfield in snaps

Brown rushed three times for four yards and caught three passes for 15 yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Despite playing more snaps than both Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers, Brown wasn't a notable factor in the offense. The veteran running back continued to see most of his playing time in passing situations and on third downs, and it was encouraging he remained involved in the offense after fumbling on the Rams' first possession. However, his fantasy results have been lackluster each of the past two weeks with just six rushes for 24 yards and three receptions for 23 yards. With the Rams committed to utilizing all three of their running backs, Brown's upside currently appears tied to him finding the end zone.

Nov 30, 2020 6:19 AM EST

Plays 27 snaps in win

Brown rushed three times for 20 yards and caught an eight-yard pass during Monday's 27-24 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: The veteran played 27 of 72 offensive snaps and was efficient with the ball in his hands. However, It's worth noting his game-long, 14-yard run was on third-and-16 from the Los Angeles six-yard line in the fourth quarter with Tampa Bay in prevent defense, so Brown's stat line is all the more underwhelming. Additionally, with the Rams committed to using all three of their running backs in the rushing attack, Brown's relied on finding the end zone to produce serviceable fantasy numbers this season. He projects to continue receiving consistent playing time, but he's far from a sure thing for managers.

Nov 24, 2020 6:12 AM EST

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