Aug 19, 2012
Vincent Brown, who has been reportedly described as “our best receiver” by at least one Charger player, will be on the shelf for at least the next 2 months after suffering a broken ankle on a TD reception against the Cowboys on Saturday. The second year receiver had impressed during camp and was expected to emerge as a potential replacement for the departed Vincent Jackson.
From a fantasy viewpoint, this slightly hurts the value of Phillip Rivers. Although he was a relatively unproven commodity, the Chargers lack an established WR and can use all of the weapons they can get. Rivers is still an elite talent, but with and now Brown dinged up, his value takes a slight dip from the beginning of preseason.
This injury doesn’t do anything to Antonio Gates‘ value, as he remains the teams top target. If anything, he may receive a slight bump in value, as he is now the only legitimate possession receiver that San Diego has. Robert Meachem and Malcolm Floyd are good deep ball receivers, but when it comes to short yardage and goal line situations, only Brown and Gates thrive. As long as the injury bug doesn’t catch up to Gates, he is the third best option at TE and a bargain in most leagues.