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Peyton Hillis Questionable with Strep Throat; Why You Should Sit Him

Peyton Hillis, who seemed to be fine after last week's strong performance against the Colts, surprisingly missed practice on Friday and Saturday when he came down with a case of strep throat.

And now he's listed as questionable in the Browns game against the Miami Dolphins today. 

But my fantasy advice: sit Peyton Hillis even if he's active for this game.

I know football players are tough guys, but think back to how energetic you feel after you've had a fever. I know there have been instances where players have played while sick (Michael Jordan comes to mind), but Peyton Hillis isn't Michael Jordan.

Hillis takes a beating on every play, taking hit after hit as he's not a slasher who can make guys miss. I would think that his weakness will be affected more than other players. Hillis's game is predicated on power and wearing the other team down. But if he's already worn down by strep throat and a fever, then he will not be able to bring his game to the field today.

Look for Montario Hardesty to get the majority of carries even if Hillis is active. But look elsewhere, and play him only if you really have to.

--Pete Thomas