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Peyton Hillis is Out; Here's Why Chris Ogbonnaya Is A Good Start in PPR leagues

If you are in a pinch at running back in Week 9, you could do worse than Chris Ogbonnaya.

It’s not the most resounding endorsement, but injuries, bye weeks and opportunity are all you need at this point of the season. With backs like Darren McFadden, Ahmad Bradshaw and Mark Ingram on the shelf and others like Ryan Mathews, Willis McGahee, Beanie Wells, LeGarrette Blount, Daniel Thomas and Joseph Addai all nursing injuries to the point of either being questionable or how much you’d get out of them even if they did play, this is when you look to names like Ogbonnaya.

Ogbonnaya gets the start today at Houston because Peyton Hillis (hamstring) and Montario Hardesty (calf) are out of the lineup.

There three instant problems with the matchup against Houston. First, the Browns are third worst in the league when it comes to production from fantasy running backs. Second, the Texans are sixth best in the league against fantasy running backs. Third, Houston should cruise in this matchup perhaps negating the Browns’ running game.

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But this is where opportunity and skill set give the edge to Ogobonnaya if you need help.

The Browns love to pass the ball, and they particularly love passing it to their running backs. Through seven games, they have targeted running backs 56 times to the tune of 40 catches for 274 yards. The 40 catches has them tied for eighth-most in the league. Houston has allowed backs like Darren Sproles (6-50), Ray Rice (5-60) and Chris Johnson (6-27) to have success in PPR formats thanks to their pass-catching abilities. Ogbonnaya, who began this season with the Texans, in just two games of limited action this season already has 10 catches for 67 yards. During his college career at the University of Texas, Ogbonnaya had 75 catches for 792 yards and three scores.

So for a Cleveland team that will probably be trailing, already has the fourth-most passing attempts in the league (267) this season and has a pass-catching back at its disposal, Ogbonnaya may be just the guy, particularly in PPR formats, you’re looking for to help you notch a W this week. 

By Corby Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter