Fantasy Player Projections

 
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Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMichael Vick

Michael Vick

266 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 39 rush yards, rush TD

Vick will look like his 2010 self on Sunday, slicing up a Browns defense that could be without its best player, CB Joe Haden (suspension pending appeal). Even with Haden, fantasy owners have no reason to be concerned.

RBLeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

114 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 43 rec yards, rec TD

The Browns gave up close to 150 yards per game on the ground last year, suggesting McCoy could have a big second half after Mike Vick and company gain a comfortable lead.

WRDeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson

6 rec, 96 yards, rec TD

Jackson’s new contract only satisfied his bank account; it didn’t earn him the respect he craves. The Browns secondary (ranked among the top five last year in both passing yards allowed per attempt and yards allowed per game) provides a challenge for the big-play wideout.

WRJeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin

3 rec, 41 yards

DeSean Jackson or Maclin? Maclin or Jackson? Fantasy owners never quite know which player to choose in a given week. We’re giving the nod to Jackson this week, but only because Maclin missed so much time recovering from illness.

TEBrent Celek

Brent Celek

3 rec, 41 yards

Fully healthy, Celek hopes to have the kind of bounce-back season that Mike Vick is aiming for. The Browns allowed Celek a touchdown in the preseason meeting last month, but will do a better job of defending the middle of the field in this contest.

KAlex Henery

Alex Henery

4 PATs, FG

Few kickers were as hot at the end of the 2011 regular season as Henery, who hopes to roll that momentum into 2012. The Browns are easy pickins’.

DEFENSE

INT, 3 Sacks

Jason Babin appears ready to go (calf) and although the linebacking corps is full of fresh meat, it showed a great deal of potential in camp. In the style of the late Jim Johnson, this group will attack, attack and attack until there is little left of the Browns backfield.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBrandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

182 pass yards, INT

There won’t be a Cam Newton-type debut for Weeden, who must make do with a mediocre receiving corps against one of the league’s most talented secondaries. Fantasy owners have witnessed rougher coming-out parties -- not many, though.

RBMontario Hardesty

Montario Hardesty

45 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 12 rec yards

The Browns still need Hardesty due to Trent Richardson’s health concerns. Trouble is, Hardesty’s fumbling problems could open the door for Brandon Jackson to assume the No. 2 job.

RBTrent Richardson

Trent Richardson

66 rush yards, 2 rec, 24 rec yards

Richardson is a game-time decision, so even if he goes fantasy owners shouldn’t expect coach Pat Shurmur to give him a full day’s work. He’ll touch the ball 15 times at most, but fantasy owners will be encouraged by the results.

WRGreg Little

Greg Little

4 rec, 57 yards

The good news is that Little remains the best target on the Browns roster. The bad news is that Nnamdi Asomugha eats receivers better than Little for lunch.

WRJosh Gordon

Josh Gordon

3 rec, 44 yards

Gordon was the most targeted receiver in Cleveland’s final preseason game, and he performed well when Cleveland met Philadelphia on August 24 (three catches for 50 yards). Don’t get too excited, however. This is the real deal now, and Gordon is just another rookie trying to catch on.

TEBenjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson

2 rec, 28 yards

Watson is expected to play after missing much of camp (leg muscle). While he’s gotten off to a hot start in recent years, fantasy owners can’t expect that trend to continue. Watson will be slow to return to action, and doesn’t figure prominently in Cleveland’s long-term plans.

KPhil Dawson

Phil Dawson

PAT, 2 FGs

Dawson has averaged two (or more) field goal attempts per start in just one of his 13 NFL seasons (2008). With Philadelphia making a few changes to its front seven, we believe Dawson will get his two attempts this week.

DEFENSE

INT, Sack

Most defenses salivate at the thought of facing a “running quarterback.” For the Browns, it will amount to one long afternoon of chasing the wind.

 
 
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