Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis has averaged 3.5 yards per rush this season, scored two touchdowns and ranks 32nd in standard scoring for fantasy running backs. Off the field, things haven't gone any better, with his sticky contract situation playing out in public, a controversial missed game on his agent's advice and now a hamstring pull that could keep him from suiting up in Week 7. Needless to say, fantasy owners counting on him haven't been amused.
Meanwhile, there's always the lure and attractiveness of the unknown, in this case second-year runner Montario Hardesty. He was supposed to be the main Browns guy last season after being a second-round pick in the 2010 draft. Then he shredded a knee and missed a year. It's been slow going ever since. He's averaging 3.6 yards on his 40 carries this season.
I'm starting to think fantasy owners won't get much of anything out of Hillis or Hardesty this season. I removed Hillis from Friday's updated rankings, as I don't think he'll play, and marginally pushed Hardesty up a few spots. The Browns are 31st in rushing offense, and I doubt they'll stay ahead of Chris Johnson's 32nd-ranked Tennessee Titans for long.
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