You can move the ball down the field, through the air against the Chicago Bears. And that is exactly what San Diego Chargers Antonio Gates and Vincent Brown should be able to do today in the Windy City.
The Chargers face a Bears defense that is friendly to opposing tight ends, allowing the most fantasy points per game in the league by 1.6 against 31st-ranked Dallas, and friendly to opposing team’s No. 2 receivers, allowing an average of 4.5 catches for 49.1 yards per game with two scores.
Of course, you will probably be starting Gates and San Diego No. 1 WR Vincent Jackson, so this is more about what Brown can do for you today.
The rookie from San Diego State has been a nice option for the Chargers and QB Philip Rivers over the last two weeks. Brown has been filling in for Malcom Floyd as he battles a hip injury. That hip injury will keep the Chargers’ No. 2 receiver out of today’s game, leaving the door open for Brown to step in once again.
Brown has 11 catches for 202 yards and two scores this season and is coming off a game against Oakland in which he set career highs in catches (5) and yards (97). In Athlon’s half-PPR scoring format, Brown has scored 9.9 and 18.2 fantasy points the last two weeks.
And now the Chargers are facing a Bears team that has allowed an average of 11.7 fantasy points to opposing team’s No. 2 receivers over the last four games — 24 catches, 228 yards and one TD.
If injured receivers have you in a bind, then Brown would be a good option as a WR2 or flex play for your team and a Chargers team that should certainly be trailing on the road against the Bears for a majority of the game. Brown is still available in over 80 percent of Yahoo leagues.
By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter