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Week 15 Fantasy Football Matchup: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

Jeremy AlpertSenior Analyst IIDecember 18, 2010

Week 15 Match-up:  Cleveland Browns (5-8) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-11)

Rankings based on top 16 QBs, 32 RBs, 48 WRs and 16 TEs

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Cleveland Browns (Browns Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Cincinnati Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 15th TDs Allowed T-13th

Cincinnati Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 24th – TDs Allowed T-24th


Cleveland Offensive Cast

Jake Delhomme (QB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 93/149 – for 872 yards & 2 TDs

Jake will be turning the team back over to Colt McCoy for the rest of the year.  If, for some strange reason, he ended up on your team, drop him immediately.


Colt McCoy (QB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 81/127 – for 975 yards & 3 TDs

McCoy is back, but the only reason why you should ever play him is if your league requires that you start a rookie.


Peyton Hillis (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 5)

2010 Season: 238 carries for 1,070 yards & 11 TDs || 57 receptions for 446 yards & 2 TDs

Two weeks in a row without a TD for The Big Twinkie?!?!  Unheard of!!!  Hillis will get back on track this weekend though as he faces off against a Bengals D ranked 24th in both rushing yards allowed and TDs per game.


Josh Cribbs (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 18 receptions for 242 yards & 1 TD

Cleveland receivers are not worth using whether it’s McCoy, Delhomme, Wallace or Bernie Kosar running the show.


Mohamed Massaquoi (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 30 receptions for 408 yards & 2 TDs

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Chansi Stuckey (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 34 receptions for 301 yards & 0 TDs

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Brian Robiskie (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 20 receptions for 158 yards & 0 TDs

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Ben Watson (TE Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 51 receptions for 582 yards & 3 TDs

Watson puts together a really nice game every once in awhile, but he’s completely unreliable and has more of a chance of hurting your fantasy team than helping it.  With the Bengals tied for fifth-best in the league in allowing the fewest fantasy points to tight ends this year, you might want to look elsewhere for some production.


Cincinnati Bengals (Bengals Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Cleveland Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 16th – TDs Allowed T-20th

Cleveland Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 23rd – TDs Allowed T-1st


Cincinnati Offensive Cast

Carson Palmer (QB Week 15 Ranking: No. 11)

2010 Season: 300/497 – for 3,187 yards & 21 TDs

Palmer started his new job at the local downtown Cincinnati Wendy’s this week, but the word on the street is that he still cares more about studying the playbook in his office than making sure that every burger comes out square. 

Earlier this year against the Browns, Palmer threw for 371 yards and two TDs in Cleveland en route to a 23-20 loss, so you can be sure that he’ll be doing everything he can this Sunday to make amends for the intrastate embarrassment.


Cedric Benson (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 18)

2010 Season: 245 carries for 856 yards & 6 TDs || 25 receptions for 166 yards & 1 TD

Benson has put up more bad games than good this year, but he’s been a much better back at home than on the road.  Against this Cleveland D in Cincinnati, I expect this to be one of his better ones.


Terrell Owens (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 4)

2010 Season: 72 receptions for 983 yards & 9 TDs

Terrell Me-O Owens went absolutely ballistic in their first showdown to the tune of 10 catches, 222 yards and a 78-yard TD.  Those numbers won’t be repeated this weekend, but then again, hell, they just might!


Chad Ochocinco (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 22)

2010 Season: 65 receptions for 795 yards & 4 TDs

Schizocinco led the Bengals in yards once again last week and seems to have rebuilt his rapport with Palmer.  If it continues to grow, Chad might be the one hauling in 10 catches for 222 yards this time around instead of T.O.


Jordan Shipley (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 47 receptions for 569 yards & 2 TDs

Shipley should end up with a good 4-5 catches this week, but the only way he gets into your lineup is if you play in a 12 or 16-man league that uses a flex position.


Jermaine Gresham (TE Week 15 Ranking: No. 11)

2010 Season: 47 receptions for 409 yards & 3 TDs

The Browns are one of the worst teams in the league against tight ends, so even though he’s a rookie, Gresham should be able to be counted on for some decent stats this weekend.



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