Fantasy Football 2014: Browns at Bengals 11/6/14 Week 10 Preview
Cleveland Browns (5-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-2-1)
Thursday, November 6, 2014 8:25 PM ET
TV: NFL Network
Kicking off Week 10 in the NFL on “Thursday Night Football,” we’ve got a nice rivalry game between the Cleveland Browns ant the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns (5-3) are coming off a win over the Buccaneers, while the Bengals (5-2-1) took care of Jacksonville in Week 9.
As you might expect, there will be plenty of notable fantasy names in this one, so let’s take a moment to check out some of the key players on both sides and see what we can be expecting here on our rosters.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns: Over several weeks this season, Hoyer has morphed from a place-holder for Johnny Football to a legitimate weapon for the Browns. He came up with a pretty good game against the Buccaneers, tossing 300 yards and two touchdowns (he was also picked off twice).
Hoyer won’t develop into much more than a fantasy backup, but in that capacity he’s fairly serviceable. He should do okay here.
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Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton wasn’t lighting the world on fire in Week 9, but he had an okay day for himself and his owners. He logged 233 yards, two touchdowns and two picks in the win, which was nice for those who needed him to fill in during a heavy bye week.
Dalton is on the fringe of fantasy starting territory from week to week, but with A.J. Green back in the mix, anything is possible. He should perform pretty well this week.
Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns: The Browns’ backfield has been a hot mess in fantasy terms, as there hasn’t been any one guy who’s separated himself. West got the bulk of the carries in Week 9, toting 15 times for 48 yards.
Between West and Ben Tate, we’re talking a big fantasy red flag here. Neither will be a recommended play unless you’re desperate, and in that case West is probably slightly better.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Much to the chagrin of Giovani Bernard owners, Hill went off against Jacksonville. He finished with 154 yards on 24 carries with a pair of touchdowns, adding one catch for nine more.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see Bernard sitting out again, what with the short week and all. That means Hill will be all systems go, and should carry a heavy load. Owners will need to monitor the situation this week.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Cleveland Browns: Gabriel has been on something of a drought when it comes to targets recently, but he did pretty well in Week 9. He led the team in receiving with five grabs for 87 yards and a score--his first of the year.
With Jordan Cameron out, Gabriel will need to step up in usage to help cover the loss. He’s a sneaky play here if you’re at his level.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals offense is like a completely different unit when Green is on the field. He was back again for Week 9, and he immediately drew benefits with three grabs for 44 yards and a score.
With Green back in the mix, the whole Bengals offense gets an upgrade. He’s a must-start player as long as he’s healthy, but owners will want to make sure he doesn’t suffer a setback with his toe.
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