The sneaky pickup for Week 15
It might seem an odd time to become interested in any Cleveland Browns not named Peyton Hillis, but I think the fact that starting quarterback Colt McCoy is back under center is a good thing for wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and tight end Benjamin Watson. I can make the case that Watson, who had a terrific game only two weeks ago, is close to a top-10 tight end despite being owned in a third of ESPN.com standard leagues, and with Massaquoi, I see a talented player desperate for quarterback stability ... even when it's a rookie!
Massaquoi, owned in 9.9 percent of ESPN.com standard leagues, has been getting six or seven targets per week, but if you've been fortunate enough to watch Jake Delhomme bounce the passes to him or have them fly four feet to his right and out of bounds, you know he must be frustrated. This week's opponents are the Ohio friends from Cincinnati, and although statistically the Bengals haven't been awful against the pass, I don't buy it. Hillis isn't really slowing down much, but here's to thinking the Browns want/need to see what this passing game can do, and I like their schedule.
That's right, after the Bengals, the Browns finish up with home tilts against the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, and that can't help Hillis. He has to be tiring by this point, if not proving it with rushing yards, maybe with the fumbles and his second-half performances in games. Also, the Steelers and Ravens rank first and fourth in keeping opposing running backs in check for fantasy. However, the Ravens have allowed 13 passing touchdowns in the past seven games, and I think Drew Brees will light them up Sunday. The Steelers are better, but who knows whether their Week 17 will even matter. Throw, Colt, throw!
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