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David Dorey
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Prediction: CLE 13, WAS 24

Update: Kellen Winslow remains questionable to play this week and had not practiced until Friday when he was limited. I am not adding him into the projection though there is a chance that he could still play. He's missed a couple of weeks with his swelling problem and is a huge risk to use this week. Clinton Portis is listed as questionable to play but his hip flexor is not expected to keep him out this week. I am lowering Portis' numbers since he will not be 100%.

The Browns come into this game giddy after routing the unbeaten NFL Champion Giants on Monday Night. "Hi Mom - look what we can do!". The Redskins, on the other hand, are at home after allowing the winless Rams to not only finally stop giving away 30+ points each week but to actually win a game. The Browns will discover the Skins in a bad humor.

Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Homefield: Cleveland Stadium
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 DAL 10-28 +5.5 49
2 PIT 6-10 +6 45
3 @BAL 10-28 +2 38.5
4 @CIN 20-12 -3.5 44
5 BYE - - -
6 NYG 35-14 +8 43
7 @WAS - +7.5 42.5
8 @JAX - - -
9 BAL - - -
10 DEN - - -
11 @BUF - - -
12 HOU - - -
13 IND - - -
14 @TEN - - -
15 @PHI - - -
16 CIN - - -
17 @PIT - - -
CLE at WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Derek Anderson     170,1
RB Jamal Lewis 70 10  
TE Steve Heiden   30  
WR Braylon Edwards   60,1  
WR Donte Stallworth   30  
WR Josh Cribbs   20  
PK Phil Dawson 2 FG 1 XP  
Pregame Notes: Hey, those first three games? Forgeddaboutit. The Browns are on a two game winning streak and if only for one night discovered their long dormant offense. Braylon Edwards lives! Jamal Lewis is not using a walker. Derek Anderson can hit the broadside of a barn. The only downside was that Kellen "no laptop for me" Winslow wasn't there to share in the fun. Either the Browns are starting to return to prominence once again or they just come off a trap game. Yeah, probably not the prominence thing.

Quarterback: It took four very painful games, but Derek Anderson finally had a decent showing and if only for this week has quieted the "Where's Quinn" contingent. Anderson passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns with nary a turnover. It was like he took all those wasted games with Braylon Edwards and combined them all into one monster game. Now where Anderson goes from here remains to be seen since WAS, JAX and BAL are next up with good defenses, but at least Anderson showed it can happen. At least once.

Running Backs: Winning is a good thing for Jamal Lewis. In the two victories this year, he has scored in both and had about 85 rushing yards. In the three losses, only about 50 yards per week and zero scores. Lewis ran with renewed passion on Monday night but he'll need to translate that into success on the road against other good defenses. Jerome Harrison only had four touches last week but gained at total of 67 yards. It was that kind of week.

Wide Receivers: Through four games, Braylon Edwards had 11 catches for 95 yards. It was natural that most fantasy teams were reticent to be burned by him yet again since he had never had more than 32 yards in a game. And on Monday night - five catches for 154 yards and one score. That's more yardage than in any game last year. So far the game is a major aberration but at least Edwards still has the talent when it all comes together.

Donte Stallworth had his first start as a Brown and had two catches for 19 yards. That would have looked pretty good until last Monday. So far the entire wide receiver corps has only two scores (both Edwards) and only on effort over 32 yards in a game (Edwards).

Tight Ends: Kellen Winslow was laid up in the hospital with swelling down south and missed out on the only fun game of the year. In his absence, Darnell Dinkins had his only playing time of the year and caught a 22-yard touchdown. Yeah, that kind of game. I will project for Steve Heiden to replace Winslow again this week. Heiden had a big game with five catches for 59 yards.

Match Against the Defense: The Redskins defense has been solid this year and especially at home (Freak Show Sunday not withstanding). They have surrendered only two rushing scores and present yet another great defense for Lewis to face. Even last week, Lewis did not have that big of a game so expect more mediocrity this week with no score.

Anderson faces a good secondary that has not allowed more than 216 passing yards at home even though they have faced Warner and Brees there. Look for one passing score that will favor a wideout but that could be any of them. This is a back to reality game for the Browns who are on a short week anyway.

Gaining Fantasy Points CLE 26 25 32 9 25 12
Preventing Fantasy Points    WAS 12 7 14 10 16 15

Washington Redskins (4-2)
Homefield: FedEx Field
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @NYG 7-16 +3.5 41
2 NO 29-24 -1 42.5
3 ARZ 24-17 -3 42
4 @DAL 26-24 +11.5 46
5 @PHI 23-17 +5 43
6 STL 17-19 -13.5 44
7 CLE - -7.5 42.5
8 @DET - - -
9 PIT - - -
10 BYE - - -
11 DAL - - -
12 @SEA - - -
13 NYG - - -
14 @BAL - - -
15 @CIN - - -
16 PHI - - -
17 @SF - - -
WAS vs CLE Rush Catch Pass
QB Jason Campbell     190,1
RB Clinton Portis 100, 1 10  
TE Chris Cooley   60  
WR Santana Moss   40,1  
WR Antwaan Randle El   50  
WR Devin Thomas   20  
PK Shaun Suisham 1 FG 3 XP  

Pregame Notes: The Redskins may have been the most generous team during the week of upsets when they let the Rams win their first game while playing in Washington. That loss started what should have been a trio of easy wins including the Browns and Lions next. The schedule toughens up starting in week nine and the Skins cannot afford to let the easier games get away from them. But it was just one game and it was during a week that saw the Cowboys and Giants both lose in surprising upsets.

Quarterback: While Jason Campbell was getting better this year and had scored at least once in each of the first four weeks, he has now gone two games without any touchdowns and his passing yardage is hovering around 200 yards each week since his lone big game against the Saints. To Campbell's credit, he still has not thrown an interception or lost a fumble this year.

Running Backs: The Skins may have stumbled last week but there is nothing wrong with Clinton Portis who ranks #1 in the NFL with 643 rushing yards and is on pace to gain 1700 yards on the year. His six rushing scores are tied with Michael Turner for the league lead as well. He's on a three game streak of rushing for more than 100 yards and has scored five of his six scores while at home this season. Portis has never been less than solid and has been reaching spectacular these last couple of weeks.

As a sidenote, the Skins have signed Shaun Alexander who is familiar with HC Jim Zorn but he'll provide just backup while Ladell Betts mends.

Wide Receivers: Santana Moss had been the only fantasy relevant wideout from the Redskins but after scoring in each of the first three games and logging 145 yards in Dallas, he has only managed 22 yards on two catches over these last two weeks. Teams has schemed specifically to remove him and it has worked. Antwaan Randle El has a season high 87 yards on five catches last week against the Rams but only has one score on the year and has rarely topped 50 yards in a game.

Tight Ends: Chris Cooley remains a solid fantasy tight end though he only has one touchdown so far this year. He has been averaging around six catches per week though and and has remained above 50 yards in almost every game.

Match Against the Defense: Portis is running hot now and the Browns rush defense is sub-average on a good day. Look for at least one rushing score by Portis and healthy yardage.

Campbell faces a secondary that has never allowed more than one passing score in a game and other than week one has kept all opponents under 200 passing yards - if only because they ran to win the game. Look for that average sort of game with around 200 yards and one score that should favor a wideout like Moss. It is the #1 guy that always scores against the Browns.

Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 20 13 15 8 13 31
Preventing Fantasy Points    CLE 5 23 11 16 2 11

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