Donald Brown poised to be a sleeper

Updated: August 13, 2010, 10:16 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

A year ago at this time, Indianapolis Colts then-rookie running back Donald Brown seemed to be on many fantasy football sleeper lists. Brown was the team's first-round pick out of Connecticut for a reason, and incumbent running back Joseph Addai looked poised to lose playing time after an injury-plagued 2008 campaign. Instead, Addai bounced back with a very impressive season, finishing ninth among running backs in fantasy scoring, and Brown was neither healthy nor productive.

It's funny how perception can change on two players in one season, but fantasy owners shouldn't be so quick to either dismiss Brown or presume Addai is totally safe. I've read positive news about the healthy Brown recently, how he's come to camp in terrific shape and with something to prove. I also read the always-outstanding work of colleague KC Joyner, who reinforced the notion Addai isn't exactly a normal, top-shelf running back by pointing out his deficiencies even as he gets good blocking. Brown, on the other hand, despite his seemingly poor season, thrived in this area, though in a smaller sample size.