Thursday, September 12, 2013
Finally Vincent Brown's time?
By Tom Carpenter
By any definition, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown is a sleeper in Fantasyland. His statistical intrigue comes from a two-game stretch of games midway through the 2011 campaign, when he caught nine passes for 176 yards and a touchdown. That included a catch of 30 yards and another of 31 yards.
Since then, though, he's been absent. He did little the rest of '11 and was literally absent all of 2012 due to an ankle injury. He also was quiet in his 2013 debut last week, pulling in just two catches for 13 yards, though one of those receptions was a touchdown.
With Danario Alexander sidelined this season, Brown will have every opportunity to make a mark statistically. He and the Chargers had a difficult Week 1 matchup against the tough Houston Texans D, but things should be easier in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles secondary. It kind of got lost in all of the Chip Kelly offense buzz, but the Eagles D gave up 329 yards and 2 TDs through the air to the Washington Redskins in their opener.
Granted, the upside of the Redskins offense with Robert Griffin III is far greater than what Philip Rivers and the Chargers will have up their sleeves this weekend, but the Eagles secondary is vulnerable enough for Brown to show up with a good game. Plus, it's safe to assume the Chargers will be playing catch-up versus the aforementioned Eagles offense and airing the ball out often.
Brown is owned in 94 percent of ESPN leagues but is only in about 10 percent of starting lineups. If you're having trouble with a flex spot, Brown could be a nice Week 2 flier. He also makes for a quality buy-low target if he's currently on the roster of an impatient owner.