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2014 Week-3 Dynasty-Fantasy Recap: Browns vs. Ravens (9/21/2014)

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 – I must get you this info before Week-4 waivers close. For those that picked up the San Diego-DST with us a week ago, in anticipation of the Week-4 matchup with Jacksonville, and the schedule to come.  You might really consider picking up the Browns-DST (on a BYE now) for whatever dud spot you have on your roster.

Next week SD goes against Geno, but maybe Vick. The Browns face Tennessee.

Week-6: CLE vs. Big Ben, SD vs. Carr (after this week SD is no good)

Week-7: CLE vs. Bortles, SD vs. A. Smith

Week-8: CLE vs. Carr

Week-9: CLE vs. Glennon/McCown

Week-10: CLE vs. Dalton

Week-11: CLE vs. Fitzpatrick (after this week CLE is in trouble)

Week-12: CLE vs. M Ryan

Since getting thumped by Pittsburgh in the 1st-half of Week-1, they held the Steelers to a FG in the 2nd-half in a furious comeback effort. They stymied the vaunted Saints offense in surprising win Week-2. They handled Joe Flacco and the Ravens for most of Week-3…giving up a FG as time expired. The Browns are one of the better defensive units in the NFL, and one of the most well coached teams…led by a Head Coach, who pulled a miracle with Buffalo’s defense last year. If you look up at the Weeks 5-11 schedule…you might be able to run Cleveland that entire stretch.

 – Our scouting models liked Lorenzo Taliaferro (18 carries for 91 yards and 1 TD) coming out of Coastal Carolina this year, but there is no way to feel comfortable that he is now ‘the guy’ in Baltimore. Bernard Pierce (DNP) ran the ball better than any Ravens RB this year in Week-2. Forsett was great in Week-1, and has been solid every game this season. No way a decent rookie RB comes in and casts them all to the bench. Forsett becomes a bit of a favorite of the three, because he is more a receiver for them. I think the three of them get totally FF-sliced and diced among each other…and if not, it will be Pierce-Forsett taking the run-pass lead.

 – I’m not sure why some Browns beat writers want to kill off Terrance West (12 carries for 36 yards and 1 TD, 2 rec. for 5 yards on 2 targets). Some analysts torched him a week before the season started, then West jumped in and carried the team in Week-2 vs. the Saints. Now, because of some uber-lust for Isaiah Crowell (11 carries for 55 yards and 1 TD), they want to banish West to the 3rd-team. I’d buy cheap Dynasty stock in West in a couple weeks. I think he’s the best RB on that team…an incredible savvy, tough runner. No slight to the other guys.

The problem in Cleveland is the same as Baltimore…good luck trying to pick a FF-winner at RB. When you think you have one, it’s going to switch. I want nothing to with these backfields when everyone is healthy in 2014, for redraft for sure. It’s likely going to be Ben Tate as the lead, and then the other guys sprinkled in. Anyone of them is a fumble or whatever from getting nothing in a given game.

 –  IDP C.J. Mosley (6 tackles, 4 solo, 1 TFL) is playing almost every snap for the Ravens in his first three weeks. His numbers have been OK: 7.3 tackles, 0.7 PDs per game.

 – FYI, Torrey Smith (2 rec. for 25 yards on 8 targets) still does play in the NFL. Thanks to our computer for finding that nugget a lot of people were unaware of. If there is a Torrey bounce back it’s coming this week, and weeks to come, as the schedule lightens up. We predicted trouble for Torrey out of the gates based on opponent, but I didn’t think it would be this bad.  


– R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” here: The Machine via FFM

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