Bye, Bye Ronnie Brown: Foot injury takes RB to IR

The Miami Dolphins have placed Ronnie Brown on IR with a foot injury to end his season. Adam Schefter filed the story this afternoon, and ESPN now has the official word. Apparently, his foot injury was much more serious than we all feared.

What does this mean for the Miami Wildcat?

“Who knows? May not even run it,” a coy Sparano said. “Never know.”

But don’t order your coffins yet, fantasy owners. There’s still hope, right? Even though this is most definitely now your fault.

Well, there’s always Ricky Williams, who now assumes the duties as starting running back. With increased carries, we can’t expect him to take over both Ronnie Brown’s and his own production, becoming some sort of “double your pleasure, double your fun” bargain back, but it’ll be something more than what he’s doing for owners right now.

Williams has already had his fair share of big days even while sharing with Brown, and for at least the next two weeks, he gets to run the ball against the Panthers and the Bills. No complaints there.

Even if the Miami offense takes a step back without Brown’s Wildcat wrinkles and burst, Williams should be an adequate replacement. Plus, there’s no frustration when the other part of the RBBC gets all the touchdowns, right?

Well, if that didn’t get you smiling, you probably didn’t get Williams as a handcuff or backup to Brown this season. It’s okay. I wouldn’t have done it either. But you got options, kid.

You do have the good fortune of losing your starting running back when a great deal of the best running backs in fantasy went down with injury and left replacements littering the waiver wire.

Bernard Scott would be the most lucrative grab of the multitude available out there, but only if Cedric Benson ends up missing time (and if Larry Johnson really does just ride the bench as depth). My gut feeling is that Benson misses at least one game.

The Bengals could at least do us a favor and hold him out a week for the sake of keeping him fresh. It’s only the Raiders after all, and then the Browns, and then the Lions…

Yeah, Scott’s a good grab.

And if you can’t get your hands on him for a one-week tour of duty, try to seek out Beanie Wells, Jamaal Charles, or Jason Snelling. Wells and Charles, in particular, have two of the best playoffs schedules around.

So don’t punch your ticket to miss the playoffs…yet. Just remember the good times you had with Brown–two-touchdown days against the Colts, the Bills, and the Jets, and those fall days when he didn’t just walk beside you. He carried you.

I think I just got something in my eye.

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  • poogums

    No love for Forsett? Even if Benson misses a game or two, I think Forsett is better than Betts, Charles, Scott, and LJ. I don't think he's better than Wells, but it's close, and Wells is probably long gone in any league with10 or more teams anyways.

  • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

    Good catch, poogums. Neglecting Forsett here was just an oversight, but I do not like him as much as I like Charles and Wells moving forward. Forsett only has the Rams in Week 12 and the Bucs in Week 15. Charles faces San Diego in Week 12, Buffalo in Week 14, and the Browns in Week 15, and Beanie, as we know, has the 49ers, Lions, and Rams in the playoffs. Until this week, Wells was still a free agent in almost 40 percent of leagues.

    Bernard Scott has three beautiful matchups over the next three weeks, and having a significant role in the rushing attack for even two of those makes him worth picking up. I like him as an emergency grab for Brown owners who missed the waiver wire this week.

    Forsett, while more productive than Julius Jones, is still a Seattle running back. Jones has been one of the most untrustworthy fantasy backs around, and I don't know that the track record improves just because Forsett starts. The Seahawks could try to throw the ball 40+ times each week, and he will eventually be forced to split carries with Jones again down the line.

  • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

    Good catch, poogums. Neglecting Forsett here was just an oversight, but I do not like him as much as I like Charles and Wells moving forward. Forsett only has the Rams in Week 12 and the Bucs in Week 15. Charles faces San Diego in Week 12, Buffalo in Week 14, and the Browns in Week 15, and Beanie, as we know, has the 49ers, Lions, and Rams in the playoffs. Until this week, Wells was still a free agent in almost 40 percent of leagues.

    Bernard Scott has three beautiful matchups over the next three weeks, and having a significant role in the rushing attack for even two of those makes him worth picking up. I like him as an emergency grab for Brown owners who missed the waiver wire this week.

    Forsett, while more productive than Julius Jones, is still a Seattle running back. Jones has been one of the most untrustworthy fantasy backs around, and I don't know that the track record improves just because Forsett starts. The Seahawks could try to throw the ball 40+ times each week, and he will eventually be forced to split carries with Jones again down the line.