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Cleveland Browns
Ford Field | Sunday, November 22 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Lions 17, Browns 10
Detroit Lions
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBrady Quinn
85 pass yards, 1 INT
Quinn had a terrible game on MNF. He went 13/31 for 99 yards with 2 INT. On the year, he has 1 TD and 5 INT. Yeesh. Quinn doesn't merit a start under any circumstances, even against the equally lousy Lions. Quinn stinks worse than teammate Shaun Rogers locker during training camp.
RBJamal Lewis
50 rush yards
The Dawg Pound averted their eyes during a disastrous MNF shutout loss. Lewis had 10 carries for 36 yards. He's had one good game this year and hasn't gotten into the end zone. He is NOT an inadvisable start, even against a Lions run D that's 19th in the league and got brutalized by AP last week for 133 yards on 18 carries.
WRMohamed Massaquoi
3 rec, 40 yards
Massaquoi had only 1 catches for 30 yards against the Ravens, and sadly he was tied for the most receiving yards on the Browns on MNF. He was a popular waiver wire pickup after exploding onto the scene with a 8 catch 148 yard performance Week 4. He's the No. 1 WR on the Browns but a lower end No. 3 fantasy WR even against the league worst Lions Pass D.
WRJoshua Cribbs
2 rec, 45 yards, 1 TD
Running the dangerous Cribbs out of the wildcat might be the only effective weapon the Browns have got. He had 6 carries for 34 yards against Baltimore and 1 catch for 10 yards. He is the most exciting player on this team but has had trouble working his way towards fantasy relevance.
KPhil Dawson
1 PAT, 1 FG
Phil ‘Richard' Dawson was held without a FG against Baltimore. He has 4 FGs on the year and is a lousy, low-end option. Do not start.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
Last in the league in YPG and 27th in PPG, the Browns did a decent job limiting the Ravens to 16 points, but are a poor option under any circumstances. Their only value is derived from the excellence of Josh Cribbs as a return man.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatthew Stafford
210 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
With 6 TD and 12 INT on the year, Stafford is an inadvisable option against anybody but maybe these Cleveland Browns. Against the Vikes last week he went 29/51 for 224 yards with 1 TD. He should only really be played unless you can use a QB in the flex spot, and even then only in the deepest leagues.
RBKevin Smith
3 rec, 35 rec yards, 75 rush yards
Silent Bob hasn't gotten in the end zone since Week 4, but has been a steady part of this young offense nonetheless. Averaging a touch over 80 total yards a game, Smith has been the Lions best offensive weapon this season. That's like being the best actor on 'Entourage.' Against Minny, he gained 55 yards on 12 carries. Smith is a No. 2 option against the league's 30th ranked rush defense.
WRCalvin Johnson
5 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD
Megatron caught 8 passes for 84 yards against the Vikings. It was his second game back from a knee injury he suffered Week 5. He's one of the top talents in the league, and should start in most leagues just because of his big play potential. He's in play as a No. 2 fantasy WR against Cleveland's 19th ranked pass D.
WRBryant Johnson
2 rec, 30 yards
Along with the 6-foot-5 Calvin Johnson, the 6-foot-3 Bryant gives the Lions two rangy wideouts. With 2 catches for 17 yards against the Minnesota, Johnson caught two balls for the fourth straight week. He is not an advisable starting option under any circumstances, especially since Brandon Pettigrew and Kevin Smith get so many looks.
TEBrandon Pettigrew
4 rec, 45 yards, 1 TD
The highly touted rook caught his first NFL TD in a breakout 7 catch, 70-yard performance against Seattle two weeks ago. He fell back to Earth against the Vikes catching just 2 balls for 23 yards. Consider him a No. 2 fantasy TE, a real sleeper against the average Browns' pass D.
KJason Hanson
2 PATs, 1 FG
Hanson mmmbopped 1 of 2 FG against the Vikes. He is 12 for 15 on the year after going 21 for 22 in 2008. Even on such a lousy team he's a decent starting option, especially since they play in a dome and have trouble sniffing the end zone.
Defense
1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
You shouldn't start the 31st ranked YPG and 32nd ranked PPG Lions D under any circumstances. Well, actually, against the impotent Browns, if your No.1 D is Baltimore against the Colts or the Jets against New England, they might not be the worst choice.
 
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