Bryce Brown is the Buffalo Bills Running Back to Own
The Buffalo Bills once deep backfield took a major hit Sunday when the team lost their two top rushers in Fred Jackson (groin) and CJ Spiller (collarbone). Spiller is rumored to be out for the season, a sting more to the Bills front office as they were attempting to trade the former first round pick. Jackson’s injury isn’t season threatening, however groin injuries tend to linger and I would expect Jackson to miss a minimum of 3-4 games.
That leaves the Bills with former 49er Anthony Dixon and former Eagle Bryce Brown. I have read a lot of “experts” saying Dixon will get the bulk of the carries, and I don’t doubt he will see a larger than normal role, but if the Bills want to be successful they will utilize Bryce Brown and give him more touches. Brown has been deactivated in every game this season—that shows me more of a coaching staff that doesn’t know how to work their players into the game plan. The Bills gave up a 4th round pick (that can become a 3rd) for Brown just to sit on the bench? I don’t think so. Brown is the more gifted athlete, and was the number one running back prospect coming out of high school. He rushed for almost 350 yards in a two game stretch for the Eagles in 2012, and has the ability to be a capable NFL back. Look to grab Brown on the waiver wire and don’t be shocked if he becomes a decent RB2 in deeper leagues during the Jackson injury. With solid play, Brown could play himself into a role with steady touches in the Buffalo backfield for the rest of the season.
As for Anthony Dixon he is a very physical runner, but is slow for NFL running back standards. He will not outrun people on the way to the end zone. His fantasy upside is limited, but could see some work around the goal line–that’s how he was occasionally used in San Francisco. Overall Brown has more upside and is the better play.