I often caution readers not to overthink fantasy football. There are only so many things we truly know, yet owners often make decisions based on complicated factors we can't truly understand.
You don't need to overthink Browns quarterback Colt McCoy
's impact on Peyton Hillis
this week. The rookie is going to ruin the former Razorback.
Hillis has been a revelation this season. I highly recommend sitting down and watching a Browns game this year if you get Shortcuts on DirecTV or NFL Rewind. Heck, you can even watch the Browns live. Hillis runs like a young Brandon Jacobs
. Perhaps Jamal Lewis
. I'm talking about the Jacobs that got us all excited a few years ago, not the moody toe tapper the Giants are saddled with now.
Like Jacobs, Hillis has excellent feet for a big man. He can nimbly get through a hole or jump over a defender better than you'd imagine. He runs with no regard for his body, looking to take defenders out. (His car crash hit on Roy Williams
was one of the most fun plays
of the year.)
Hillis is a factor as a receiver more than Jacobs ever was, which is why he can be a borderline RB1 this year as long as he's healthy. That brings up one last similarity between the two backs: Hillis provides a big target for defenders. He can run upright and he has an injury history. He delivers big hits, but he'll take some too.
That's why newly acquired Brown Mike Bell
may wind up with some carries before long. I'd rather take a flier on James Davis
in deep leagues. But that's all speculation for future weeks.
This week, the Browns have an overmatched rookie at quarterback. Really, they should make like the '06 Panthers and rock the Wildcat as their base offense for a game. Instead, they'll try to run the ball with little success against the Steelers front.
The Browns have kept games close all season, but it's hard to imagine them hanging with Pittsburgh. That's why I don't expect a particularly huge game from Ben Roethlisberger
in his first game back. Big Ben should play well, he just won't have to throw the ball much to win.
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