By Chad Samuels.
Early this offseason, I took some heat on my opinion of the Cleveland Browns trade of TE Kellen Winslow to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I stated that the trade and the handling of the Browns quarterbacks Brady Quinn - Derek Anderson competition indicated the Browns were headed in the wrong direction.
I also stated their fantasy players should be avoided.
Start of the Week
After a 1-5 start, it appears I was mostly correct on that call. This team is not an offensive juggernaut and their defense has suffered because of it. So far this season, Cleveland has allowed an average of 27.4 fantasy points per game in yardage leagues. They also have given up 972 passing yards and five touchdowns to wide receivers over the last three weeks.
This week the Packers get the luxury of playing the Browns. The Packers have an offense that can be just as explosive as the Pittsburgh Steelers are. One similarity between the Packers and the Steelers is the unrecognized veteran WR.
Pittsburgh has WR Hines Ward overshadowed by WR Santonio Holmes (more about them later) and in Green Bay, it is WR Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Driver has been solid this year averaging five receptions for 75 yards and a half touchdown a game. With Jennings drawing a lot of the coverage in the passing game, I expect Driver to put up slightly lower numbers than Hines Ward’s eight receptions, 159 yards and one touchdown stat line of last week versus Cleveland...
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