RB - FA
The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran running back Branden Oliver to join the club's injury-riddled backfield. Presumptive starter Marlon Mack is nursing a hamstring injury, and Robert Turbin is suspended to open the season, leaving the Colts with little veteran depth behind journeyman runner Christine Michael and a pair of rookies in Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins.
Oliver has flashed a solid NFL skill-set but always seemed to find his path blocked by another back. Oliver put up RB30 numbers in 14 games with the Chargers back in 2014 but hasn't played much behind Melvin Gordon. He's way behind Indy's other backs in terms of learning the offense, but Oliver could play his way into mix for the remainder of the preseason, making a cloudy backfield even more difficult to read. For now, he's simply a name to monitor the next three weeks.
Brandon Oliver gained nine yards on eight carries against the Jets on Sunday.
With Austin Ekeler playing with a broken hand, Oliver was the prime backup, and got a decent amount of work with Melvin Gordon needing an occasional breather and suffering what appears to be a minor ankle injury. He'll be a relevant player in all formats next week against Oakland if Gordon is forced to miss the game. Otherwise, don't bother with him.
Branden Oliver rushed five times for 17 yards in the Chargers' game against the Rams.
Oliver is the clear number two with the Chargers. With this said, there is no need to draft him in any format as he will have no true value short of an injury to Melvin Gordon this season.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Branden Oliver carried the ball seven times for 10 yards in the Chargers loss to the Saints Sunday night. Oliver was the first running back that entered the game after starter Melvin Gordon was removed, and played the majority of the second quarter.
Oliver's fantasy value comes as the handcuff to Gordon. Fantasy coaches that draft Gordon should consider taking Oliver in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Branden Oliver is currently being listed as the team's backup running back to workhorse Melvin Gordon.
Fantasy coaches that draft Gordon should continue to monitor the depth chart in Los Angeles before drafting Oliver as a handcuff.