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Friday, November 6, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: BROWNS/BENGALS

Well if you are a Tyler Eifert owner, you are off to a very good start in fantasy football Week 9.  As always let's get right to all the news items coming out of the game.

Andy Dalton:  21/27 for 234 yards with 3 TD.  You really know a QB has graduated into lofty territory when games like this don't come with a pleasant surprise feeling.  Dalton has been locked in all season and if not for Tom Brady, he would be the front-runner for fantasy and real-life MVP.  Now up to 18 TD and just 4 INT. 

Johnny Manziel:  15/33 for 168 yards with 1 TD and 31 yards rushing.  Manziel was all right in the first half but bombed in the second.  Been saying for awhile now that Manziel will go down as an NFL bust and that doesn't only include his off-the-field garbage.

Jeremy Hill:  15 carries for 52 yards.  What a tough season it has been for Hill and his fantasy football owners.  After such a tremendous rookie season, at least a duplication of those numbers was expected but instead Hill has gone completely bust with Gio Bernard eating into a ton of his workload.  In addition with the offense being opened up by Hue Jackson, Hill is not getting the goal-line work he did a year ago.  Now nothing more than a RB 3. 

Giovani Bernard:  13 carries for 72 yards to go with 1 catch for 14 yards.  Benard is the much more explosive back of the two and he has gotten more work as the season has gone on.  Still in standard formats he is only a RB 3 while in PPR he is a low-end 2 which is not great either.

Duke Johnson:  2 catches for 38 yards and 1 TD to go with 3 carries for 0 yards.  The only back on Cleveland even mildly interesting is Johnson and only due to his receiving ability.  So unless you play in PPR. no one in the team's awful backfield is worth your time and effort.

A.J. Green:  4 catches for 53 yards.  It was a quiet night for Green as the Tyler Eifert show was in full effect.  Nothing to worry about as pure domination each and every week is tough.  Overall though Green has put himself right back near the top of the wide receiver rankings off his concerning 2014. 

Tyler Eifert:  5 catches for 53 yards and 3 TD.  Just call Eifert Baby Gronk as he is playing like his New England counterpart in terms of being the main red zone target of his QB and coming down with the football almost every time when given the chance there.  It has been a colossal breakout for Eifert this season and you can argue he already has cemented the number 2 tight end spot behind Gronk.

Marvin Jones:  5 catches for 78 yards.  Jones has done some nice things this season but he is just a guy you use in light schedule weeks such as this one or in five WR formats.  When your behind Green and Eifert on the Andy Dalton attention meter, it is tough getting your looks. 

Gary Barnridge:  2 catches for 35 yards.  The loss of Josh McCown at QB really hurt Barnridge as the two had developed a monster chemistry this season.  As long as McCown comes back next week, put Barnridge right back out there. 

 

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