So Cleveland Browns running back Montatrio Hardesty is a game-time decision today against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Take nothing from it, however, in regards to your fantasy lineups for Week 11.
The second-year player, whose rookie season was lost last year after an ACL injury, has missed the last two games with a calf injury. Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur called him a game-time decision after Hardesty returned to practice for the first time on Friday. But it was a limited practice, one in which he did only individual work and no team drills.
With Peyton Hillis (hamstring) still on the shelf, Chris Ogbonnaya will get his third straight start when the Browns line up against the Jaguars today. Ogbonnaya was a dud against the league’s top defense when he scored 2.6 fantasy points against Houston in Week 9. However, he did have a nice bounce back game with 90 yards rushing and two catches for 19 yards against St. Louis for an 11.9-point day. It wasn’t the greatest of performances, but as a flex his performance served its purpose.
What do you really expect from the Browns offense at this point? Their backfield is a mess. Quarterback Colt McCoy can’t push the ball downfield. And the receivers, already limited in their abilities, are handcuffed even more by the play of McCoy.
If you are looking for a Brown to do something for you this week, then rookie WR Greg Little could be an OK flex play against the Jaguars. He is coming off his best game of the season when he caught all six of his targets for 84 yards against the Rams and 12.4 fantasy points. Little is still scoreless this season, but goes against a Jacksonville team that just lost cornerback Rashean Mathis for the season with a knee injury.
Ogbonnaya could also move the needle a bit if he can match last week’s performance against St. Louis and certainly would be a great flex play if he could just punch one into the end zone. The Jaguars are allowing opposing team’s No. 1 RB an average of 12.1 points per game in Athlon’s half-PPR scoring format.
But back to Hardesty, and Hills as well, I don’t think I would touch either for the rest of the 2011 season. There is just too much that has gone wrong with both players. Hardesty has eclipsed double-digit fantasy points twice this season, maxing out at 13.2; Hillis scored 11.7 and 23.7 fantasy points the first two weeks of the season, but has scored 10.8 points combined the rest of the way.
By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter