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* CHI at GB (THU) * DAL at SEA * MIN at IND * TB at NYG
ARI at NE * DET at SF * NO at CAR * TEN at SD
* BAL at PHI * HOU at JAC * NYJ at PIT * WAS at STL
* Updated CLE at CIN KC at BUF * OAK at MIA DEN at ATL (MON)

Prediction: CLE 13, CIN 23 (Line: CIN by 8)

Players to watch: Mohamed Massaquoi, Andrew Hawkins

Players Updated: Benjamin Watson

Realistically the Browns are in a rebuilding year every season but one seems to have started even further back. The Bengals have won six of the last seven meetings and the three most recent. While the Bengals have their own problems, they have more pieces on the offense than the Browns do.

The Bengals swept the Browns last year, winning 27-17 in Cleveland and later 23-20 in Cincinnati.

Cleveland Browns
Homefield: Cleveland Stadium
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 PHI 16-17 10 BYE -----
2 @CIN ----- 11 @DAL -----
3 BUF ----- 12 PIT -----
4 @BAL ----- 13 @OAK -----
5 @NYG ----- 14 KC -----
6 CIN ----- 15 WAS -----
7 @IND ----- 16 @DEN -----
8 SD ----- 17 @PIT -----
9 BAL ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
CLE @ CIN Rush Catch Pass
QB Robert Griffin III 40,1 300,1
WR Andrew Hawkins 3-40

Pregame Notes: The Browns almost pulled off the win over the Eagles who seemingly were hell bent on giving away the game. The Browns defense did play an opportunistic game though still gave up 467 yards to the opponent. The changes made to the offense - gonna take some time.

Trent Richardson debuted with only 39 yards on 19 carries and added just one catch. He was regularly bottled up by the Eagles but accounted for every running back carry. That will play out better next week hosting the Bills. It is a tough schedule though and the Browns really have no really soft games.

Brandon Weeden's first game as an NFL starter ended with only 12 of 35 completions for 118 yards and four interceptions. His 5.1 QB rating represented the worst by any rookie starting in week one for the last 50 years. That's historically bad. His rough start is to be expected in some measure though that bad sort of takes your breath away.

The minimal passing success meant all receivers were without any fantasy value. Greg Little had no catches while square dancing with Nnamdi Asomugha. Josh Gordon managed two receptions for 32 yards while Mohammed Massaquoi was the big winner with a team high three catches for 41 yards. All in all - bereft of significance.

Heading to face the Bengals won't be much better since they need someone to beat up on after their humbling on Monday night. Even if the Browns were to win this - and they won't - it is still unlikely anyone will have fantasy value. Richardson will improve as the offense around him does but he alone remains the only fantasy play and even then only if there is a soft matchup which almost never happens on their schedule. If a touchdown happens by the offense, it almost has to go to Richardson.

Gaining Fantasy Points CLE 32 29 29 30 13 2
Preventing Fantasy Points CIN 27 29 14 30 29 30

QB Cody Kessler, CLE @CIN 0000026020 ***
Kessler's value comes down to whether Terrelle Pryor Sr. plays, and how much. This has the potential to be a fairly high-scoring game based on the defensive struggles of each team. Cincy has allowed 23.9 fantasy points, on average, which is the seventh most on a per-game basis.
RB Isaiah Crowell, CLE @CIN 4001100000 ***
The Bengals have allowed better production through the air to RBs than on the ground in a relative sense. Crowell is no better than a flex play if you're desperate to take a gamble.
RB Duke Johnson Jr., CLE @CIN 1006300000 ***
Johnson has a shot at decent numbers this week. RBs have scored three times on 33 catches against the Bengals. His value is around a low-end RB2 or flex play in PPR setups.
WR Ricardo Louis, CLE @CIN 004401000 ***
The rookie showed nicely in Week 6 and may be asked to do more if Terrelle Pryor cannot dress. Louis, however, is a high-risk start in any format.
WR Terrelle Pryor Sr., CLE @CIN 004500000 *
Pryor is dealing with a hamstring injury but vows to play, for whatever that is worth. Check back Friday for a final decision.

Update: Welp, so much for having a clearer idea. Head coach Hue Jackson called Pryor a game-time decision after a limited practice effort Friday. Pryor ran on the side.
WR Rashard Higgins, CLE @CIN 003400000 ***
The Browns may be without Terrelle Pryor Sr., so if he sits, it's the next man up in Cleveland. Higgins has no immediate fantasy worth, despite a quality matchup.
WR Andrew Hawkins, CLE @CIN 002300000 ***
Hawkins is a fringe roster filler, but he could have utility in PPR leagues if Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) has to sit.
TE Gary Barnidge, CLE @CIN 006801000 ***
Barnidge's Week 7 opponent, Cincinnati, has allowed a touchdown every 6.3 catches to tight ends. If Terrelle Pryor sits, Barnidge should see a high volume of targets. Either way, he's easily playable.
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K Cody Parkey, CLE @CIN 0022 ***
Despite Cincy allowing the second most field goal attempts, Parkey will struggle to matter. The Browns go on the road against a Bengals team that is in desperation mode.

Cincinnati Bengals
Homefield: Paul Brown Stadium
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @BAL 13-44 10 NYG -----
2 CLE ----- 11 @KC -----
3 @WAS ----- 12 OAK -----
4 @JAC ----- 13 @SD -----
5 MIA ----- 14 DAL -----
6 @CLE ----- 15 @PHI -----
7 PIT ----- 16 @PIT -----
8 BYE ----- 17 BAL -----
9 DEN ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
CIN vs CLE Rush Catch Pass
QB Andy Dalton 230,2
WR A.J. Green 6-100,1
WR Brandon LaFell 3-50
PK Mike Nugent 3 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: Nothing like the feeling that you need to regroup and rethink things after only one game. The Bengals hung with the Ravens through two quarters and trailed only by 17-10 at the half before the wheels came off. Andy Dalton only threw for 221 yards and no scores and completed just 22 of 37 but he was often pressured and sacked four times. It was still a credible game but he was unable to mount a comeback once the beat was on.

The good news? Nothing wrong with getting 91 rushing yards from Benjarvus Green-Ellis who scored once on his 18 carries. He ran with authority and should be a definite factor when facing lesser teams such as this week. He goes against the same team that gave up over 100 rushing yards and a score each time they faced Cedric Benson last season.

A.J. Green (5-70) is missing Jerome Simpson who would stretch the defense last year and Arman Binns (4-28) does not look much like a replacement so far. But - the new slot receiver Andrew Hawkins looks like a breakout candidate in his second season with a team leading eight receptions for 86 yards last Monday. That came from nine targets while Green only snagged five of his 11 throws. Hawkins gets the benefit of not being Green who the secondary constantly chases. It is just one game but so far - Hawkins is one to watch. Stash him if you have the room, it will be apparent soon enough what his outlook will be this season.

Jermaine Gresham was another tight end who had high expectations from some fantasy leaguers but his eight passes only resulted in three catches for 30 yards. If Hawkins can become a good sized cog in the machine, that will limit what Gresham can do.

The beauty of this game is that cornerback extraordinaire Pat Haden has been suspended for four games because of violating the drug policy. That means A.J. Green all over the field.

Gaining Fantasy Points CIN 30 19 12 27 19 25
Preventing Fantasy Points CLE 24 16 26 28 6 24

QB Andy Dalton, CIN CLE 20000025030 ***
Dalton is a great fantasy choice in Week 7 against a Browns team that has allowed 295 yards and nearly three touchdowns per game over six contests. The Bengals passer didn't eclipse 235 yards in either meeting last year, but he threw five touchdowns spread over those contests.
RB Giovani Bernard, CIN CLE 2005400000 ***
Bernard has assumed the primary load in this backfield, largely because of his versatility. He's a PPR-only consideration in Week 7, but the matchup is fine to flex him in standard formats. Cleveland has allowed an average of 24.0 point-per-reception figures on the year.
RB Jeremy Hill, CIN CLE 600000000 ***
Cleveland has allowed a rushing score every 31 attempts, which rates as a neutral matchup. He has little value without finding the end zone, so playing Hill is always a risk.
WR A.J. Green, CIN CLE 0071302000 ***
Receivers have scored every 8.6 receptions, which is the fifth worst ratio, and Green is poised for a huge outing. He posted a 10-185-1 line over two games last year vs. Cleveland.
WR Brandon LaFell, CIN CLE 006700000 ***
Cleveland has allowed only 69 catches in six games, but eight of them have gone for touchdowns. With all of the attention paid to A.J. Green, LaFell is in great positioning for a big game of his own.
TE Tyler Eifert, CIN CLE 004501000 *
The matchup is pristine for Eifert's return to the field. He practiced fully on Friday and should lineup with his teammates for the first time this year. Eifert is a fringe play despite the Browns' futility versus tight ends.
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K Mike Nugent, CIN CLE 2233 ***
Cleveland has allowed 12 field goal kicks, but only 66.7 percent have split the uprights. Nugent, ranked 11th in fantasy points per game, should be a sound fantasy choice in this divisional match.

* CHI at GB (THU) * DAL at SEA * MIN at IND * TB at NYG
ARI at NE * DET at SF * NO at CAR * TEN at SD
* BAL at PHI * HOU at JAC * NYJ at PIT * WAS at STL
* Updated CLE at CIN KC at BUF * OAK at MIA DEN at ATL (MON)

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