Browns fantasy focus

Posted Nov. 12, 2010 @ 9:23 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

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

Browns RB Peyton Hillis continues to have a remarkable fantasy season. He rushed for 184 yards and a pair of TDs vs New England last week, and he has scored 53.3 percent of Cleveland's offensive TDs in 2010 (8-of-15). That said, he has a tough matchup in Week 10 vs. the Jets, who are allowing a mere 3.3 yards per carry and 87.4 rushing yards per game. Worse yet for Hillis owners, the Jets have surrendered just three rushing TDs. Hillis is likely to get a lot of work even against this tough defense, and he still merits strong starting consideration in all formats (and is still a slam dunk if you are otherwise RB-needy). 

After catching 29 passes in his first six games, Browns TE Benjamin Watson has just one catch in each of the past two weeks. Watson is still a key part of the passing game — he was targeted four times, tied for most on the team, in Week Nine — but there are going to be weeks where the Browns' running game is the focal point of the offense, not leading to many opportunities for the Browns' pass catchers. 

One of the many positive signs from the Browns' upset of New England: WR Mohamed Massaquoi caught all four passes thrown to him, racking up 58 yards. Massaquoi's production has declined this season, but he played a key role in the passing game last week. 

Rookie QB Colt McCoy likely will get his fourth start in a row Sunday vs. the Jets. He's likely a starting option only in bigger leagues or two-QB formats, given New York's excellent CB tandem of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie and Cleveland's emphasis on the run the past two weeks.