Just who is this Brian Hoyer? Personally, his name is tattooed in my brain. I, like most people, didn’t think too much of the Cleveland Browns after the puzzling trade of Trent Richardson earlier in the week. I figured after that trade and going on the road to play the Minnesota Vikings, the Browns would just roll over and die. I knew I should have taken the Seattle Seahawks in my suicide pool. Lesson learned. Give credit where it’s due, the Browns played their hearts out.
The Browns’ desire to be more of a passing team is clear, and it showed in last week’s game against the Vikings. Hoyer, who made his first NFL start, had 54 pass attempts, completing 30 for 321 yards with three touchdowns and three INT’s. That’s not the old, boring, anemic Browns I know. Getting back top receiver Josh Gordon after his two game suspension was also a big help to this passing game, as he had 10 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Cameron is turning into a household name at tight end in the fantasy football world as well, with three touchdowns catches (one on a fake field goal). The weapons for Hoyer are definitely there.
I’ll admit that Hoyer is a bit of a risky start in fantasy this week. The Browns take on a pretty good Cincinnati Bengals team at home this week. The Bengals’ pass defense is ranked 14th in the league and gives up an average of 261 yards passing each game. If you own Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton you’ll need a bye week replacement this week. I’m not saying to definitely go with Hoyer, but he should at least be considered.
Good luck in all of your Week 4 matchups!
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