The Eagles are putting on a clinic.
As if their free agency haul wasn’t enough with the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Babin and Vince Young, they’ve now signed former Miami Dolphin running back Ronnie Brown. While this signing isn’t nearly as big as some of their other offseason moves, it does have an impact in dynasty leagues around the globe. Let’s take a look at the players whose values have changed in the latest edition of “Instant Analysis.”
Ronnie Brown, RB PHI
Simply put, this isn’t good.
Brown is coming off a season where he gained 734 yards, but on a career worst 3.7 yards per carry. He’s always been a very talented back, but injuries have really taken their toll on him over the years. In his six year career in Miami, he’s gained a total of 4,815 yards and scored 36 touchdowns. With nearly 1,500 more receiving yards, he’s shown he’s more than capable of being a solid contributor when healthy.
Brown goes to a situation in Philadelphia that’s great for his quest to win a Super Bowl, but awful for his fantasy value. Anyone thinking he’s being brought it to challenge LeSean McCoy for meaningful playing time is fooling themselves.
In a best case scenario, Brown will serve as a change of pace from McCoy during games. His role would obviously expand greatly if McCoy was to get hurt, but he’s really no better than a depth player at running back and handcuff to McCoy on your dynasty team.
LeSean McCoy, RB PHI
McCoy owners will likely be getting offers for Brown in their mailbox this afternoon from panicking owners who are trying to unload him.
Don’t pay much.
McCoy is safe as a top flight RB1, with the potential to lead all of fantasy in running back scoring. His owners can target Brown as a handcuff, but nothing more.
Dion Lewis, RB PHI
Lewis has an outside chance to be the handcuff to McCoy, but that’s not happening now. He’s still an upside prospect in rookie drafts, especially considering Brown is on a one year deal. It’s tough to see him having any value this season, though.
Derrick Locke, RB PHI
Locke was a nice pickup for the Eagles as an undrafted free agent. He’ll likely be a nice pickup for someone else now.
Michael Vick, QB PHI
Why don’t we just get Jerry Rice next? The depth the Eagles are amassing all over the board is getting embarrassing.
Steven Jackson, RB STL
The Rams may indeed be waiting to see if Steve Slaton or another running back is released to get a backup for Jackson, but they’re beginning to play with fire. Jackson owners should be getting a little nervous.
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