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Let's take a look at which members of the Cleveland Browns should you start or sit heading into your Week 14 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns take on the Indianapolis Colts.
(Key: Start / Sit / Enticing)
- QB Brian Hoyer - The Colts' secondary can be shredded, especially with top CB Vontae Davis out. We saw QB Colt McCoy get 26.88 fantasy points on them last week. A few weeks before that, QB Ben Roethlisberger had 44.78 fantasy points against them. I look at what QB Tom Brady did in victory against them in Week 11, though -- 16.08 fantasy points. It was a productive enough day to win, but the run-oriented offense tipped the scale in favor of the ground game.
- RB Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West, Glenn Winston - The Browns go with a two-back system when they are successful running the ball. If Crowell's hip injury isn't a big deal, he could go over 100 yards rushing against the Colts' defense, along with a score. West is in the dog house and might not even be active. Winston saw a significant uptick in reps with the first-teamers this week, which means this could be the type of game where they unleash him into the offense to see what he can do.
- WR Josh Gordon - Out of all the receivers in the NFL, Gordon should be rated No. 1 for fantasy purposes this week. He struggled against the Bills last week, but it was a game where the chemistry had to be on because of how good their defense was. This week, we'll see Gordon running free more often for his most productive day of the season.
- WR Andrew Hawkins - With WR Miles Austin on IR, Hawkins' stock goes up a tick again. He only remains an enticing play because his likely production is around 8-9 fantasy points, as the Browns will go to their running game in the red zone.
- TE Jordan Cameron, Jim Dray - Pay attention to whether Cameron is active. If he is, that means he is cleared to play and the Browns would really have no reason to hold the reigns back on him. He'd be a must-start, given the Colts' issues at covering tight ends (third most points allowed to tight ends on the season). Dray is moderately attractive if Cameron is out because of how much production tight ends get against the Colts.
- K Billy Cundiff - He has missed a field goal in four straight games, and probably because teams need touchdowns to compete with QB Andrew Luck, the Colts give up the fewest points to kickers in the NFL. Sit Cundiff.
- DEF/ST Cleveland - It's never a wise choice to start your defense against the Colts. Even if Luck struggles early, he'll add on the points later.
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