The Cleveland Browns are coming off of a hardcore loss to the Jaguars and while Brian Hoyer will remain the starter in Week 8 over Johnny Manziel for Mike Pettine, the pinnacle coach left the doorway open for Manziel to play this week even if he doesn’t start and this comes as fantasy football owners should look towards Josh Gordon as a huge sleeper once he returns in Week 12, as he could end up as a WR1 option after his suspension.
The Browns were riding high after their win against the Steelers before this week against the Jaguars and they couldn’t put things together to keep a winning streak going. The team had won two in a line before getting beaten badly by the Jaguars and the overall game was traveling and wound up 24-6 in support of the Jags because of their first win of the season. The team has become 3-3 and while Hoyer has played well for all the season, he was of low quality against the Jaguars.
Based on Pro Football Talk, Pettine thought about benching Hoyer at one time for Manziel and while he isn’t doing that for the start this week, Manziel could have an even more active role if Hoyer struggles again. The team is matching up with a Raiders team that hasn’t won yet in 2010 and if the Browns lose, that could be two winless teams in a line getting their first wins against the Browns. Manziel has played sparingly and not necessarily in a legit QB situation and now Hoyer could be in danger of at the very least losing some playing time if he doesn’t bounce back this week. Pettine said that Hoyer is “firmly” the starting quarterback, but he said that he would consider using Manziel more during the overall game this week after contemplating putting him in against the Jaguars, which would have pitted two rookies in Blake Bortles and Johnny Football against each other.
Hoyer didn’t look great against a negative Jaguars team, going 16-of-41 on your day with his passes and setting up a rating of below 50.0, that has been the best of his career. Hoyer had two turnovers and passed for 215 yards, that has been his lowest output of the growing season aside from a 204 yard performance against the Saints. Hoyer has not been over 300 yards in a game title yet in 2010 and with the Raiders coming up, he has to exhibit some improvements. Hoyer has been solid overall though, throwing for seven TDs and just two picks, but he is completing significantly less than 60 percent of his passes.
Josh Gordon is defined in the future back Week 12 and fantasy owners should take notice, as he could be a fantasy WR sleeper right out from the gate after the way he played last season. Gordon led the league with more than 1600 receiving yards in 14 games and he set career highs throughout the board and he is finally set to come back in 2-3 weeks for the Browns. Hoyer and/or Manziel will be thrilled to have him to throw to and fantasy owners have to do all they can to obtain him. Some owners have dropped Gordon in some leagues and owners will be wise to pick him up as fast as possible.