Rosenfels was a major disappointment last week. Facing a very vulnerable Colts' defense, Rosenfels mustered only 192 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT. He gets another promising matchup this week against a Cleveland pass defense that allows 219 yards a game. Rosenfels isn't showing the magic he displayed last season when filling in for Matt Schaub, but he has too many weapons in this passing game to stay down for long. He's risky after last week's choke job, but there is some nice upside this week so he's worth a look if you need him.
After looking like he had the proverbial rookie wall, Slaton smashed through both it and the Colts last week. He rushed for 156 yards, including a 71-yard TD in the loss at Indianapolis. This week he faces a horrible Cleveland run defense that gives up 149.3 yards a game so he's looking real good as it appears he's gotten his second wind. He's back to being a strong RB2 with RB1 upside so start him with confidence.
Green is back to earning a significant role in the Texans' offense as Slaton's backup. He carried the ball nine times and scored twice last week in the loss to Indy. As long as he can stay healthy, he should be good for 8-10 carries a game with a chance at the goal-line looks. He has a good chance to score this week so you could do worse as a RB3 in larger leagues.
Johnson had a poor game by his standards last week, catching only four passes for 55 yards. He's far too talented to stay quiet two games in a row, however, and the Cleveland secondary isnt' very stout so this is a good matchup for him. Look for Rosenfels to play better and Johnson to put up stronger fantasy numbers this week.
Walter led the way for the Texans' receiving corps last week, catching three passes for 79 yards. He's had 70 receiving yards or more in three of his last four games and remains one of the most reliable WR3 options in fantasy this year. This is a fine matchup for the Houston passing game so Walter is looking good again. There's no reason to sit him if he's someone you normally start.
Daniels has been invisible lately, catching only one pass in each of the past two games. Rosenfels isn't looking his way much (only four targets last week) but expect that to change going forward as he is far too important to the Texans' chances of success. Look for the Texans to get him involved early and often on Sunday and for Daniels to regain his standing as one of fantasy's top TEs.
Brown had a solid game last week, converting both of his FG attempts in the loss to the Colts. He's having an up-and-down season due to his team's offensive issues but he's a perfect 14 for 14 in FG attempts so the guy is money when given an opportunity. This matchup bodes well for his chances so he is a fine upside option this week.
The Texans offer little of fantasy value. They rank 22nd in total defense in the league and are giving up 28.7 points per game. Brady Quinn is a young QB and he could make a mistake or two, but this defense lacks the talent to really put the heat on him. There's no reason to reach for them in any league this week.
Quinn had a rough game in his second career start last week, completing only 14 of 36 passes for 185 yards and 0 TDs against the Bills. The good news is he didn't throw any INTs but that's about the only positive he displayed. On the bright side, the matchup is easier this week against a Houston pass defense that gives up 210.8 yards a game. He's not a strong start by any means but if you need him in a Start-2 QB league, he should put up serviceable numbers. Just don't expect much more as he's still learning on the job.
Lewis ground out 65 yards rushing last week against a solid Buffalo run defense. He'll find more running lanes to work with this week vs. a Houston run defense that allows 132.5 yards a game. Lewis hasn't topped 80 yards rushing since Week 8. He'll reach that level on Sunday, making him a fine RB2 option.
Harrison continues to give the team a big-play dimension on offense with a few touches per game. He carried the ball only three times last week, but one carry went for a 72-yard TD. One would think the Browns would want to utilize him more but so far they haven't shown any signs that will be the case. That makes Harrison a non-factor in fantasy leagues despite the big-play potential.
Edwards had a standout game for one of the few times this season last week, catching eight passes for 104 yards in the win over Buffalo. After catching only one pass in Week 10, he was targeted 16 times by Quinn last week so it looks like these two are getting on the same page. That's great news for Edwards owners who are hoping he'll regain his elite status for the playoff run.
Stallworth remains a non-factor in the Cleveland passing game. He did not have a catch last week and has only 11 receptions this season. Despite the promising matchup he isn't a good fantasy option this week. Keep him benched.
After being Quinn's top target in Week 10, Winslow took a back seat to Edwards last week as he caught only three passes for 40 yards in the win over the Bills. He was targeted on eight passes, however, so he's very much a key factor in the Cleveland passing game. He suffered a shoulder injury on his last catch but is expected to play this week. Winslow has a great matchup this week against a soft Houston secondary so look for him to bounce back with a strong performance.
Dawson had a huge Week 11, drilling five FGs, including the game winner from 56 yards out to beat the Bills. He's made 22 of 24 FG attempts this season and his strong leg gives him huge upside every week. The Browns will have no trouble scoring this week so Dawson is a strong fantasy option again.
The Browns stepped up considerably defensively last week, forcing four takeaways in the win over Buffalo. Sage Rosenfels is prone to turnovers so this matchup bodes well for Cleveland. They will give up points but if you need a defense with some potential for sacks and takeaways, the Browns are a nice sleeper pick in larger leagues this week.