The Browns running back is a game-time decision against the Jags. Sit him anyway
So Cleveland Browns running back Montatrio Hardesty is a game-time decision today against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Take nothing from it, however, in regards to your fantasy lineups for Week 11.
The second-year player, whose rookie season was lost last year after an ACL injury, has missed the last two games with a calf injury. Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur called him a game-time decision after Hardesty returned to practice for the first time on Friday. But it was a limited practice, one in which he did only individual work and no team drills.
We break down four key fantasy football players in week 6
Here we are in week 6 of the NFL fantasy football season and difficult decisions need to be made. With byes decimating some teams, it's hard to decide who to take a flier on. Here's what you should do with four of them.
Six-time Pro Bowler claims he will be ready to play in less than a month
Attention NFL teams! Need help at wide receiver? If so, Terrell Owens wants you to know he is available. Owens, who had surgery to repair a torn ACL in April, said in an interview this week that he plans to be ready to play in less than a month.
An in-depth look at the Browns' offense, defense and special teams this year.
The team that has made a habit of reinventing itself will try yet another reinvention in 2011. The Cleveland Browns begin 2011 with their sixth new coach since 1999. Hold up the cue cards; the lines have all been used: This is the guy ... We are on the right track ... It is a process ... We have the system ... and on and on and on.
• Inside the Locker Room
With Pat McManamon of Fox Sports Ohio
What does a healthy Montario Hardesty mean for Peyton Hillis?
Hillis was one of the surprise players in the NFL in 2010, but he was a favorite of former head coach Eric Mangini, and though he’ll be utilized a lot with new head coach Pat Shurmur, it’s not likely he’ll carry as large a burden in this offense. In ’10, Hillis outgained the team’s second-leading rusher by 1,000 yards, and the guy who ranked second was a quarterback. Shurmur will try to spread the ball around more, and Hillis will share carries more with Hardesty. It’s still likely that Hillis will get 1,000 yards rushing — provided he stays healthy — but Hardesty will get 12-to-15 carries per game in spelling him.
Which Browns pass-catcher will be targeted the most in 2011?
The Browns do not have a reliable pass-catcher. Their wideouts are unproven, and their tight ends are serviceable but not dangerous down the field. That being said, the tight end might just be the top target of Colt McCoy. Young quarterbacks need security blankets, and Ben Watson provides that with his experience and hands. That does not bode well for the Browns offense, but with Brian Robiskie, Mohamed Massaquoi, Josh Cribbs and Greg Little at wideout, McCoy may have to look more at tight end than he does at wide receiver.
Is McCoy going to start all season?
Yes, provided he’s healthy. The Browns have committed to McCoy, and they are hoping he comes through. Seneca Wallace is the backup, and as a starter in 2010, Wallace proved he was a solid backup. McCoy led all offseason workouts during the lockout, and he spoke and acted as if he were the anointed starter.
• Fantasy Playoff Run — Weeks 14-16: @PIT, @ARI, @BAL
The Browns are the only team with three road games in the fantasy playoffs, with trips to Pittsburgh, Arizona and Baltimore. Cleveland’s strength — it’s rushing attack — will face the No. 1 (Steelers) and No. 5 run (Ravens) defenses in the league during this stretch. Not a good omen for owners of Peyton Hillis and/or Montario Hardesty.
• Athlon Best Bets
Sleeper: Montario Hardesty, RB Deep-Sleeper: Evan Moore, TE/WR Overvalued: Peyton Hillis, RB Top Rookie: Greg Little, WR Bounce-Back: D’Qwell Jackson, LB Top IDP: T.J. Ward, DB
• Try to Avoid
Brian Robiskie’s had trouble adjusting to NFL schemes, and Mohamed Massaquoi has underachieved since high school. Rookie Greg Little has plenty of upside, but he’s still catching passes from Colt McCoy. WAIT UNTIL: 20th RD
• Draft Class Fantasy Impact
The Browns have spent a couple of picks over the last few years to upgrade the receiving corps, but Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie have yet to pan out. Little did not play due to a suspension at North Carolina last season, but he has the ability to become a difference-maker. However, even though the Browns have a thin receiving corps, Little is only a WR5 in redraft leagues. Jordan Cameron is an intriguing upside pick at tight end for Cleveland but is a year or two away from earning a consistent role.