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Here's our weekly look at the Browns from a fantasy-football perspective.
RB Peyton Hillis rolled for 144 yards on 22 carries in the first meeting vs. Baltimore. The 173 rushing yards that Cleveland racked up in Week Three for is a season-high against Baltimore, with the Ravens not allowing more than 132 rushing yards in any game since, and that was all the way back in Week Seven. Hillis remains a must-start, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Ravens were stronger vs. the run in the rematch.
QB Colt McCoy completed 19-of-25 passes for 244 yards with two TDs vs. Cincinnati in Week 16 and could merit some consideration in bigger leagues. Keeper-league owners are undoubtedly noticing his progress, too. The Ravens' pass defense is more susceptible than their run defense, and with Baltimore likely to key on Hillis, perhaps McCoy will get more opportunities to throw than expected.
TE Benjamin Watson caught seven passes for 92 yards in Week 15 vs. Cincinnati and proved difficult for the Bengals to cover in the middle of the field. Watson had a short TD catch vs. Baltimore in the first meeting between the teams and is a good starting option Sunday.
WR Brian Robiskie accumulated a season-best 82 yards receiving, including a 46-yard TD, last Sunday at Cincinnati. Eighteen of his 38 targets on the season have come in the past four weeks.
There's a chance for snow Sunday in Cleveland, which doesn't especially alter the outlook of those starting Hillis, but if you're planning to start McCoy, Watson or a Browns wide receiver, keep an eye on the weather.