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Malcolm Brown (Not Darrell Henderson) is the Thorn to Todd Gurley’s Fantasy Season

The Wolf and CJay have gone back and forth throughout the preseason on Todd Gurley’s fantasy outlook. As you know by now, Wolf was all-in on the Gurley resurgence, while CJay thought his coach and teammates hated him, and his knees were made out of paper mâché. I will concede that Gurley looked healthy in his season debut — totaling 97 yards on the ground on only 14 carries. The issue though, is that he was stuck in the dreaded “in-between the 20s purgatory,” with Malcolm Brown (and not Darrell Henderson) manning the goal-line carries.

Brown finished with 11 carries for 53 yards and two scores. By comparison, Gurley only out-carried Brown by three and watched on the sideline as Brown scored from the one and five yardlines. This should be a cause concern for Gurley owners, as he’s been one of the league’s better goal-line hammers, totaling 30 scores on the ground over the last two seasons.

Out of the Rams 77 offensive snaps, Gurley was on the field for 54 of them (70%). On the other hand, Brown was only on the field for 21 snaps (27%).

This is one of the major storylines to keep tabs on from Week 1, as the Rams’ goal-line back is one of fantasy’s great goldmines.

Still, The Wolf is high on his guy for Week 2, ranking Gurley as his RB6 (+4 vs ECR), while Brown comes in at RB25 (+16 vs ECR).

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