Since Cleveland Browns' running back Peyton Hillis is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Seahawks with
the Madden Curse a hamstring injury, someone else will have to step into the fantasy limelight for the Browns, right? Okay, usually not, but this might not be a bad week to see what some Browns can do for you. (You love the puns, stop it.)
Quarterback Colt McCoy has been far from stellar this season, but he actually hasn't been a terrible safety valve on quarterback deficient fantasy squads. After all, his lowest output this season was in Week 2 at Indianapolis with 15 points (according to my own, fairly standard fantasy league settings). McCoy might not be a bad play this week in particular, because he's going up against a futile Seahawks secondary that let Giants' quarterback Eli Manning throw wild last week.
Further, McCoy is being heavily scrutinized by his head coach Pat Shurmur and team president Mike Holmgren, and in an effort to impress the two, he's aiming for a quicker start this week, too. Especially without Hillis in the lineup, the Browns could go to a pass-heavy attack this week.
Of course, the beneficiaries of early and often throwing are the receivers. Enter rookie wide receiver Greg Little, who has moved into a full-time starting role opposite Mohamed Massaquoi. Little led all Browns receivers with 12 targets and six catches last week and, if the Browns are in fact going to be pass-happy vs. the Seahawks on Sunday, he could very well see similar -- if not more -- looks this week.
If you've got a revolving door at your quarterback position and second or third wide receiver spot, McCoy and Little would be very good plays this week. If not, but you're into playing the match ups, these two might be worth a gamble, depending on who your other players at those respective positions are.
As for Hillis' replacement, Montario Hardesty is ready to bounce back from an ugly effort in Oakland last week. He could be a surprise this week if the Browns open up some holes with the passing game, but I won't go as far to saying to play him, unless of course you're pretty desperate at the running back position.