The Browns won against Jacksonville but looked anything but good doing it, while the Bengals lost a tough one against the Ravens.
The Browns… eh. Chris Ogbonnaya was a surprise with 115 yards rushing and a score, but Colt McCoy was once again so-so at best with 199 yards and a TD and 27 yards on the ground. The Bengals lost their best DB, Leon Hall, and that makes McCoy worth at least a little starting consideration in a deep league, but it’s hard to have a lot of faith in a QB with only three multi-TD games this season, and only three passing TDs total in his last five. No Browns receiver looks to be worth starting.
Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton shredded the Baltimore secondary to the tune of 373 yards, but he had only 1 TD and 3 INTs. And while the Browns have been tough against the pass, allowing 167 YPG and 10 scores, Dalton has done well enough in his last four games (232 YPG, 8 TDs) to warrant starting consideration, not only in deeper leagues but among owners who have issues with their starting QB. Rookie sensation A.J. Green could be a risky play, however, because he has a knee problem, and even if he plays he will have to deal with CB Joe Haden. Cedric Benson actually looks like a pretty good play this week. He only had 41 yards on 15 rushing attempts against Baltimore but he scored twice. Considering the fact that the Browns are allowing an average of nearly 140 yards per game, Benson gets enough carries to be a threat to break the 100-yard mark and score. In his Week 1 game against Cleveland he had 121 yards and a TD. And in his last five against the Browns he has averaged 115 YPG and has scored twice. Considering how generous Cleveland has been against the run, Bernard Scott could be worth a play as well in deeper leagues as a flex or if you have issues with your No. 2 back. He might rip off a few big runs when he spells Benson.
QB Andy Dalton, RB Cedric Benson, RB Bernard Scott (in deeper leagues)
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD STARTS:
QB Colt McCoy, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, WR A.J. Green
Any Cleveland receiver