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Posted Dec. 17, 2010 @ 10:44 a.m. ET
By Mike Wilkening

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


Browns RB Peyton Hillis rushed for 102 yards on 27 carries in the first meeting with Cincinnati in Week Four and figures to again be the focal point of the offense in Week 15. The Bengals are allowing 124.8 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry. In addition to carrying 238 times for 1,070 yards and 11 TDs, Hillis has caught 57 passes for 446 yards and two TDs. 

In a surprise, Browns TE Benjamin Watson was targeted only once in Cleveland’s Week 14 loss at Buffalo after he caught 10 passes for 100 yards and a TD the previous week. It’s hard to be entirely confident in Watson’s fantasy value week-to-week in an offense that spread the ball around, but note Watson was targeted 10 times, catching 6-60-0, vs. Cincinnati in Week Four, and he has been thrown to more than any other wideout or tight end on the club (78 targets overall / 6.0 targets per game). 

Browns QB Colt McCoy will be the starter for the rest of the season and gets a good matchup in Week 15. The Bengals have surrendered 18 TD passes and have had their depth weakened by injuries. That said, McCoy, who has thrown three TD passes in five starts, is unlikely to merit much starting consideration in most leagues. However, fantasy owners with an eye on 2011 might want to monitor his progress in the next three games. 


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