Sep 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) throws an incomplete pass to Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (not pictured) in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

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Cleveland Browns Week One Fantasy Football Review

Well, unless you had the Cleveland Browns’ defense by some stroke of pure luck and nothing else in week one, your fantasy football team probably wasn’t a great benefactor of any Browns players.

Cleveland’s defense is currently one of the top available in most fantasy football leagues after forcing Michael Vick to throw four interceptions, one that was taken for a touchdown by D’Qwell Jackson. The numbers don’t figure to be on the rise for the Cleveland defense, which now is going to have to do without star cornerback Joe Haden for a few weeks as he serves a suspension for his failure to notify the NFL that he has an adderal prescreption.

Against the Eagles, you had to figure the Browns’ top individual offensive player was Trent Richardson, even though he’d have a lot of rust to shake off. Well, Richardson struggled to get into the flow of anything, and other than the sweet run where he absolutely mauled through an Eagles defender, Richardson managed only 39 yards on 19 total carries.

The Browns will continue to center the offense around Richardson, especially if Brandon Weeden continues to struggle the way he has, dating all the way back to the pre-season. Weeden had a quarterback rating of around five, and didn’t produce any touchdowns. I think until he proves otherwise, Weeden is a player you want to steer clear from in the fantasy realm.

Because of that fact, until a Browns receiver clearly emerges among this group of guys, I probably would stay away from them as well. Mohammed Massaquoi was targeted a lot against the Eagles, but had just three catches for 41 yards. Josh Gordon continues to show he is capable of making big plays with two catches for 32 yards, and Greg Little didn’t even get on the board with a catch.

Overall, you’d have to give Cleveland’s week one fantasy football output a D-, saved only by the performance of their defense which appears to have been an unlikely repeat performance.


Eagles Vs. Browns: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From Cleveland's Week 1 Loss

The Browns opened the season with a loss for the 13th time in the past 14 years. It was a particularly ugly day for rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. Ryan Alton weighs in on all the negatives, and some positives, from Sunday's loss to the Eagles.


Browns Injury Updates: Offensive Line Banged Up Heading Into Opener Against Eagles

The Cleveland Browns have only eight offensive linemen on their 53-man roster, and two of those are injured leaving the team with potentially just six o-linemen healthy for Sunday's opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

That would be five starters and one reserve.

Oneil Cousins (ankle) and John Greco (calf) missed Thursday's practice, but coach Pat Shurmur made sure the media knew that there is still time for those players to return from injury.

Shurmur has both Cousins and Greco as game-day decisions. The Browns so have two offensive linemen on the practice squad but could look to sign a veteran.

The Browns' starters on the line figure to be Joe Thomas, Jason Pinkston, Alex Mack, Shawn Lauvao and Mitchell Schwartz.

Also on Thursday, team president Mike Holmgren offered his condolences on the passing of former Browns owner Art Modell.

Holmgren told the Akron Beacon-Journal that Modell wanted him to come to Baltimore to interview for the head coaching job there in 1999. Holmgren never made it to Baltimore; he went to Seattle first and the offer from the Seahawks was too good for him to pass up. Holmgren was the Seahawks coach from 1999 until the end of the 2008 season.

For more on the Browns; check out Dawgs By Nature and SB Nation Cleveland. Also, be sure to play SB Nation's Pick 6 Football every week this season.

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