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Thursday fantasy fliers, Week 11: Donald Brown, Nate Washington

Andy Behrens
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Donald Brown & Andrew Luck talk it out (Getty Images)

OK, no messing around. Today you're getting a double-scoop of sweet, sweet victory. This week, failure is not an option. Four touches for 14 yards is not an option. I NEED both of these guys to make some noise.

Let us celebrate these great fliers, in advance of their binges...

RB Donald Brown, Ind (20 percent owned) - In Tennessee's last four games, the defense has been absolutely assaulted by running backs. The Titans have allowed 595 total yards and eight touchdowns to the position since Week 6. Indy's backfield has become a two-man show due to the never-ending struggles of Trent Richardson (2.8 YPC), so Brown should see plenty of opportunities. (Fun fact: Brown has carried the ball 47 fewer times than Richardson for the Colts this season, yet he's only seven rushing yards behind T-Rich.) If DB sees double-digit touches against Tennessee — and that seems like a decent bet — he's likely to deliver a useful fantasy line. (Another fun fact: Richardson has just two runs of 20-plus yards on his 386 career carries; Brown has two such runs on 41 carries this season.)

WR Nate Washington, Ten (29 percent) - Yeah, OK, so Washington has been quiet lately. But the snaps are still there (61 on Sunday) as are the targets (6.8 per game). He's done some decent work with Ryan Fitzpatrick this year — you might recall this bomb against the Jets — so don't sweat the QB change. The Colts have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers over the past five weeks, a reflection of their inability to prevent deep strikes. Last week it was Tavon Austin, the week before Andre Johnson. This week ... well, it's gonna be someone. Washington has 10 receptions of 40-plus yards over the past three seasons; he'll have a good shot at snagging another on Thursday night. He's a decent desperation play for fantasy owners in need.

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