Fantasy Fallout: Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts

      September 18, 2013 @ 18:19:59 PDT

There is a lot going on between the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns' fantasy commodities. Here is what you need to know.


Andrew Luck, Indianapolis: He will only benefit from the addition of Trent Richardson to Indy's backfield. Defenses cannot sell out on stopping the pass now.

Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer, Cleveland: Neither is worth owning, and Weeden's days as Cleveland's starter appear to be in the rearview. Hoyer doesn't have a strong arm and should rely more on the short-passing game to move the ball. The starter will face extra pressure without Richardson in the backfield.

Running backs

Trent Richardson, Indianapolis: Fantasy owners effectively lose one week of playing him -- which would have been against Minnesota ... bummer -- since he'll have to learn the offense on the fly and is on the road at the San Francisco 49ers. No. Thank. You. Once he gets up to speed, look out. Expect much better production.

Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis: His short-term value is that of a PPR flex play, but his season-long worth is as a handcuff to T-Rich. He'll be a change-of-pace back, in all likelihood.

Donald Brown, Indianapolis: Cut him immediately.

Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland: He should start this week, and perhaps beyond, but it will be tough sledding for the overachiever. Talk of Willis McGahee joining the team as soon as Thursday clouds Ogbonnaya's long-term worth. Add him in deep leagues and consider him a flex for Week 3.

Bobby Rainey, Cleveland: Look at him as a third-down back with mild PPR worth, regardless of what happens with McGahee. He has playability in Week 3.

Willis McGahee, free agent: Add the veteran back and watch this situation play out. He shouldn't be used in Week 3.

Wide receivers

Indianapolis: They all benefit from the Richardson addition. Expect slight bumps in their value.

Cleveland: Ugh. Josh Gordon returns from his suspension and could struggle to be himself -- a deep threat -- because of Hoyer's arm. Greg Little was demoted in favor of Davone Bess, whose value improves but mainly because of Hoyer entering the lineup. He's a PPR flex candidate most weeks. Little probably isn't worth owning in any normal format.

Tight ends

Coby Fleener, Indianapolis: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (hip) is done for the year, and Fleener assumes the primary pass-catcher role. How often will he be out in pass routes is the real question, since his blocking is an asset to this offense. He's worth adding and has matchup-based value at this time.

Jordan Cameron, Cleveland: Hoyer's inadequate arm makes him a worthwhile play still, but he'll have to acclimate himself to the new quarterback and may not have as much big-play potential as he would with Weeden tossing his way.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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