Here's a look at the Browns' top fantasy football options for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
QB Colt McCoy spent time this offseason with QB Brett Favre working on footwork, progressions and reads in the new West Coast offense. While he'll be inconsistent, he has shown enough to believe his tight ends and running backs will be solid PPR (point-per-reception) fantasy producers. However, McCoy is still a bench player.
Most agree RB Peyton Hillis will not shoulder as big of a load as he did last season — 270 attempts, 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns with 61 receptions, 477 receiving yards and two touchdowns. However, Brandon Jackson (turf toe) is on injured reserve and backup Montario Hardesty is still coming back from a torn ACL injury and is not yet 100 percent. Hillis will carry the team early on, but in two games last season against the Bengals he averaged 80.5 rushing yards, zero touchdowns with two receptions for 15.5 yards. That makes him a No. 3 fantasy back this week.
Expect the Browns' wideouts to start slow. Brian Robiskie is the only starter who practiced with the first team throughout camp. Mohamed Massaquoi (foot) and Joshua Cribbs (hamstring) missed time because of injuries and rookie Greg Little was inconsistent. Bench them all this week as McCoy will lean on his backs and tight ends.
TE Benjamin Watson is the starter but everyone's high on TE Evan Moore. They could cancel each other out. However, at 6-6 inches, 250 pounds, Moore's going to be the red-zone target. Moore's value to start the season is in non-PPR leagues, but let's watch and see how the team uses him in Week One.