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Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 7: Browns-Seahawks

Little, McCoy and Lynch are solid plays, while Hillis continues to disappoint fantasy owners

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Lots of story lines in this one, most notably the Browns injuries in the secondary, whether or not Hillis will start, the accuracy of Colt McCoy and who will get the call at quarterback for Seattle. Although this isn't the sexiest game in Week 7, there's little doubt there are still fantasy implications involved, especially with so many teams on a bye. So without further ado, here are your start/sits for the Cleveland Browns' winnable game against the Seattle Seahawks.

START:

QB Colt McCoy -- I know what you're thinking, "wait, what?" I really don't know why the Browns refuse to run the football, but they've shown they want to put it in Colt's hands for some reason. Greg Little has played better as of late, Seattle's secondary is beatable, and they don't get nearly as much pressure as a lot of other teams. I actually think McCoy does okay this week, somewhere in the realm of 15 fantasy points.

RB Marshawn Lynch -- Beast Mode is going to break one to the second level and the Browns defensive backs aren't going to be able to stop him. With a question mark at QB, look for the Seahawks to try and establish the running game early. Although I think Cleveland's DL, led by youngsters' Spears and Taylor, will have a decent game, I think Lynch has a good shot at putting up his first 100-yard game of the year.

WR Doug Baldwin -- One of the most pleasant surprises for the Seahawks this year has been the play of undrafted Baldwin. He has three games of 80 yards or more this season, and had been targeted a lot more in the two weeks prior to Seattle's bye week last week. He's not nearly the type of receiver to get #1 attention from Haden all game should he play, so he will have his chances in one-on-one coverage.

WR Greg Little -- Is this finally the week Little gets into the endzone? He has been targeted a ton, has made some good plays, and fights for extra yards. It was only a matter of time before he forced his way into the starting lineup, and fantasy teams who invested early in Little or snagged him off the waiver will be rewarded.

SIT:

QB Charlie Whitehurst/Tavaris Jackson -- It doesn't matter who starts for Seattle; you aren't going to get a whole lot more than 200 and a score out of them.

RB Peyton Hillis -- Can't trust him. He didn't practice Friday, he hasn't had a big game yet in 2011, and he's giving up a lot of carries to Montario Hardesty anyway. Outside of Jamaal Charles, has there been a bigger fantasy bust in 2011 than Hillis?

WR Mohamed Massaquoi -- Despite the late score last week, the Browns WR to own based on talent and upside is Little. Massaquoi is inconsistent and doesn't run great routes. He has a place in deeper leagues, but if you're starting him at the flex this week, you're probably in a bit of trouble.

TE Ben Watson -- The Browns TEs are a fantasy mess. Between Watson, Smith and Moore, you never know who will get the targets based on which protection scheme and formation are called. It's too risky and hard to predict. Watson is the "safest" play, but if safe means 4/40, wouldn't you rather take a flier on someone like Lance Kendricks (STL) instead?

SLEEPER:

RB Montario Hardesty -- It's true that he has a case of the drops, but he runs hard, he's averaged 14 touches per game the last three weeks, and he IS involved in the passing game. If Hillis doesn't go, he could be a good bet for double-digit fantasy points this week.

WR Mike Williams -- The former USC standout had a solid year last year, but has been a disappointment this year. Williams returns from a concussion that he suffered against the Falcons three weeks ago, and could be a high risk-reward play this week against a vulnerable Browns' secondary.

DEF Browns -- They're a sneaky start this week. You have to believe Dick Jauron will have some blitz packages put together, and if the Cleveland defensive line can execute their stunts, they might rush Whitehurst (or Jackson if he can go) into some bad decisions. I don't exactly see this being a high-scoring affair anyway.

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