Just imagine, if there were multiple crows in a group, that piece would be murder on Jacksonville. Oh hello there, didn’t notice you reading this. Well, I am about as calm as a Buddhist cow right now, and the whole play-on-words stuff is just so much fun that I just wish I didn’t hock my banjo. So, last week was good, if that’s why you’re here, just careful on the back. (I have wings back there that are a little premature and tender.) One of these days, this whole spotlight on guys who aren’t getting enough starting love will take off, and I will tour the country on my tandem bicycle with my sidekick, Vito, who may or may not have been a “cleaner” before witness protection. So this week, we turn Isaiah Crowell, the complimentary running back in Cleveland, who is an overzealous fart from Ben Tate away from fantasy woohoo-ness. Even with Tate being healthy, I still recommend you find a spot for him. I can’t type it all in one sentence, so you are going to have to stay and read some letters that form words, that form sentences, and then paragraphs. What else are you doing?… Working. BWAHAHAH.
So this week, Cleveland faces the fantasy windfall known as the Jaguars, who are giving up the second most fantasy points per game as a defense. On top of that, they are giving up top-ten (in a bad way) fantasy points to opposing running backs. These are good things my friends, like secret, over-exaggerated handshakes with strangers type stuff. So a back-up as a flex option this week… really Smokey? Yeah really! Look at last week’s game: Tate out-touched Crowell 25-11, and when the Steelers were beaten into a pulp. The series played seems to be two to start the half for Tate, and then a 1-1 split for Crowell to show the goods. So the touches were 25-11, and the yardage was 78 for Tate and 77 for Crowell. Take away Tate’s goal line plunge, and the RB situation there looks closer than it actually appears. Crowell is just a more explosive player. I mean in a game where Brian Hoyer completes a whopping eight passes in the game, this game was dominated by ball control. Oh, and they are still playing Jax this week.
So let’s review: We got the weak opponent. The carry breakdown. The only stale cracker of a fantasy that is showing for me, is that all-pro center Alex Mack is injured, and this may hamper the offensive line. I don’t think that it will affect the running attack of the Browns versus a still winless Jaguars. This game could be ugly early and be a run fest late. So I prognosticate this, Browns go up three scores early in the 3rd quarter, Tate is rested and already close to 90 yards on the ground with a score. Enter Crowell to the game to wear it down and get some cheap fantasy goodies, goodies that he will already be contributing throughout the game. Crowell is the more dynamic player there hands down. The key is this: while the Jaguars are in the litter box, Crowell grinds them down in the 4th quarter. You all like the sound of that? Yeah me too.
Smokey’s Says: 18 CAR, 84 YDS, and 2 TD’s.