Browns fantasy focus

Posted Oct. 01, 2010 @ 2:14 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Here's our weekly look at the Browns from a fantasy-football perspective.

The Browns have yet to score more than 17 points in a game, and they face a Bengals defense that looks to be formidable. Cincinnati has allowed just one touchdown in each of its last two games. 

However, the Bengals' run defense, while good, isn't elite; both New England and Baltimore rushed for more than 100 yards in the first two weeks of the season. Moreover, Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams racked up 64 yards on just 10 carries and had rushes of 26, 15 and 14 yards. 

In short, Browns RB Peyton Hillis, who racked up 144 rushing yards last week vs. Baltimore, has some value to fantasy-football owners this week. Hillis has scored a rushing TD in each game this season and also has 14 catches. His fantasy value exceeds Jerome Harrison's at present. Harrison should be a backup until it's clear what his role will be after he missed Week Three with a thigh injury. 

With the status of QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) up in the air perhaps until just before game time, those who have to start a Browns passer in very big leagues or a two-QB format need to wait until more is definitively known about his status. 

No Browns pass catchers are must-starts against a Bengals secondary featuring one of the game's better CB tandems in Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph. However, TE Benjamin Watson (5-47-1 last week; 12-125-1 for the season) could be a decent waiver claim if you're in need at the position. WR Joshua Cribbs has caught 8-132-1 the past two weeks as he continues to show potential as a pass-catching threat. However, Mohamed Massaquoi has just one catch for nine yards in the past two games.