The Browns are a team that hinge on a glimmering ray of hope that this will be the year they overcome their carousel of basement finishes. With Norv Turner’s newly implemented vertical passing attack and Brandon Weeden looking improved in the pre-season, some thought this would be the year. Two weeks into the season and Browns fans were singing the familiar tune of 0-2. But, with Weeden out the past two weeks due to a thumb injury, backup QB Brian Hoyer has the Browns back to .500.
The Cleveland offense has been completely overhauled with Hoyer at the helm. Passing for 590 yards and 5 TDs across his first two starts, the former Michigan State Spartan has made Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon into fantasy assets. Hoyer has a favorable matchup at home on Thursday night against a Bills defense that ranks 22nd against the pass. With Trent Richardson in Indianapolis, this is Hoyer’s offense as long as he continues to mitigate the mistakes and execute Turner’s vertical assault.
Terrelle Pryor – Fantasy football is based on assumptions, nothing else. Year-to-year, owners get hype on certain players and are let down. Well, why not jump on the bandwagon of the former Buckeyes star who you can get for nothing. Pryor is a prime example of a player where nobody knows the cap to his ceiling. Believe it or not, Pryor led the NFL in rushing entering Monday’s games in Week 1, running for 112 yards on 13 carries, good for a 8.6 avg. Owned in just 11% of Yahoo leagues and 8.4% of ESPN leagues, Pryor has the potential to put a new engine into a broken down car in Oakland.
E.J. Manuel takes on the Patriots in his NFL debut
E.J. Manuel – Leading up to his NFL debut on Sunday, Manuel has been the subject of a lot of skepticism when the Bills decided to use the 16th overall pick. As is the case with Pryor, Manuel has higher potential than other QBs in the free agent basement. If you have a legitimate top 8 QB and a solid backup (i.e. Eli Manning), it would behoove you to try and net something for your backup, as you can replace that spot with somebody like Manuel. The NFL is becoming more geared towards having a QB possessing dual-threat capabilities. Manuel might not be this year’s Russell Wilson, but just remember it’s all about futures when loading up on your bench.