August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown (31) carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The Colts look like they can rely on Donald Brown as a No. 1 back for now. We break down the fantasy implications.
Donald Brown ran the ball six times for 30 yards against the Steelers, caught one ball for nine yards and plunged into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter. After opening the preseason as the No. 1 running back on the depth chart, Brown keeps proving his worth in this offense.
Analysis: When was the last time anyone thought of the Colts for their strong run game? Brown probably won't single-handedly change the poor ground game perception in Indianapolis, but he can be an effective back if his offense continues to rely on him. Bruce Arians, the new offensive coordinator in Indy, will need to build up a better rushing attack to help take the pressure of rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Mewelde Moore, Delone Carter and Vick Ballard might see some carries here and there, but Brown is looking like the main man for a rebuilding franchise.
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