Browns fantasy focus: Week 17

Posted Dec. 31, 2010 @ 9:08 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

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

Though the Steelers have the NFL's stingiest run defense, the Browns still figure to try to establish some semblance of a rushing attack, at least early. Note that in the first meeting with Pittsburgh, the Browns attempted 14 rushes and 13 passes in the first half. In the second half, as Cleveland fell behind in what eventually became a 28-10 loss, the Browns attempted 26 passes and just seven runs. 

RB Peyton Hillis (ribs) missed practice all week and was listed as questionable on the Friday injury report, but head coach Eric Mangini has said he expects Hillis to play Sunday. Hillis, who was battling a thigh injury in the first meeting between the teams in Week Six, was held to 41 yards on 12 carries at Pittsburgh. If Hillis' status changes, Mike Bell would get the start. He's the only other back on the roster.

QB Colt McCoy completed 23-of-33 passes for 281 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions at Pittsburgh in Week Six and could merit starting consideration in bigger leagues.

WR Brian Robiskie has shown some promise in recent weeks, catching TD passes in back-to-back games. He could have some sleeper potential for 2011, depending on how the Browns address their wideout situation at season's end.

TE Benjamin Watson hauled in six passes for 88 yards and a TD in the first matchup with the Steelers and rates as a solid starting option in Week 17. The 88 yards were the third-most Watson has accumulated in a single game this season.