Donald Brown RB SD 7 Hrs

Brown ended a disappointing first season in San Diego with 10 carries for 39 yards in a loss at Kansas City and finished the year with only 223 rushing yards.

Brown was expected to be part of a three-headed rushing attack alongside Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, but even though both Mathews and Woodhead missed considerable amounts of time due to injuries, Brown never really asserted himself as anything more than a third down back. He had 204 receiving yards on 29 catches in that role, but all in all, this season has to be considered a disappointment for Brown.

Donald Brown RB SD 8 Days

Brown had four carries for 12 yards and one catch for four yards in Saturday's overtime win over the 49ers.

Brown got the short end of the stick in the Chargers' three-man Ryan Mathews replacement committee, finishing with fewer carries than both Brandon Oliver (13) and Ronnie Brown (seven). Regardless of whether Mathews plays in Week 17, Donald Brown can't be trusted in most leagues.

Donald Brown RB SD 14 Days

Brown had five carries for 18 yards and caught 4-of-6 targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Broncos.

Brown saw more work than usual with Ryan Mathews (ankle) inactive, but Branden Oliver started and had seven more carries than the veteran RB. Oliver had been phased out a bit when Mathews returned from a knee injury a few weeks ago, while Brown was used primarily as a change-of-pace runner. Apparently, the Chargers like Oliver as more of a workhorse back when Mathews is out of the lineup. Therefore, it's hard to get excited about Brown in Week 16 at San Francisco, regardless of Mathews' injury status.

Donald Brown RB SD 14 Days

With Ryan Mathews out, the Chargers list Branden Oliver as their starting running back Sunday against the Broncos, but Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune suggests that "Brown will be plenty involved as well."

Mathews' absence should result in added touches for Brown on Sunday, though the potential for a time-share that tilts in Oliver's favor limits Brown's Week 15 fantasy utility to deeper formats.

Donald Brown RB SD 21 Days

Brown caught 5-of-6 targets for 49 yards in Sunday's 23-14 loss to the Patriots.

Working as the top back on passing downs, Brown got more looks than expected, as the New England secondary did a number on San Diego's receivers and tight ends. While the Chargers will likely go with a similar pass-heavy approach in Week 15 against Denver, Brown isn't a good bet to see six targets again.

Donald Brown RB SD 1 Month

Brown had one carry for seven yards and two receptions for two yards on Sunday against the Rams.

For the second week in a row since Ryan Mathews is back taking the bulk of the carries, Brown was pretty much an after thought. Mathews rushed 12 times, and Branden Oliver was second in line with six carries. This does not figure to change any time soon barring an injury.

Donald Brown RB SD 1 Month

Brown had one carry for zero yards and one reception on two targets for four yards on Sunday against the Raiders.

Brown was on the field for a total of 21 snaps, with 17 of those in passing plays. It would seem that Brown is the top choice for third down passing situations, though this apparently will not amount to many actual touches if this game is any indication. Branden Oliver remains the top choice for backup rushing duties, as his 13 carries were second only to Ryan Mathews who ran the ball 16 times in his return to action.

Donald Brown RB SD 2 Months

Brown returned from a concussion to rush four times for 23 yards and catch one pass on two targets for six receiving yards in Sunday's 37-0 loss at Miami.

Brandon Oliver got the start ahead of Brown, though neither did much in a game that the Dolphins absolutely dominated. Brown missed three games after suffering a concussion in Week 5 against the Jets, though he isn't likely to see a big uptick in work after the Week 10 bye, as Ryan Mathews is expected to return in Week 11 against the Raiders.

Donald Brown RB SD 2 Months

Brown (concussion) is active for Sunday's game at Miami.

It remains to be seen exactly how much Brown will play in his first game back since suffering the concussion in Week 5, but he is available and will likely share carries with Branden Oliver.

Donald Brown RB SD 2 Months

Brown (concussion) practiced fully again Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the Chargers' official site reports.

Brown is thus poised to return to a San Diego backfield that will be without Ryan Mathews once again Sunday, though in his anticipated return, a likely outcome is that he works in a complementary role along with Branden Oliver this weekend, a scenario that make Brown a Week 9 dart for those in deeper formats.