Four Downs: Donald Brown shows upside
Then again, the optimist might also view Brown as having a breakout season, become interested in how he finishes, and view him as a sleeper for 2012 drafts. Brown has scored touchdowns in three of four weeks, five on the season in his 10 games (he missed the first month of the campaign), and he's averaging a cool 5.1 yards per carry. Sure, Brown's 80-yard touchdown jaunt late in the win over the Tennessee Titans nearly doubled his yardage for what would have been an otherwise ordinary game, but it all counts in fantasy. For the 5.2 percent of owners in ESPN standard leagues that had Brown active -- he's owned in 20.3 percent of leagues -- good for you! It's easy to rely on Drew Brees, LeSean McCoy or Calvin Johnson in Week 15 but taking the risk on Donald Brown and having it work out is a different story.
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