First and foremost, the weather in Cleveland will play a factor in Sunday's game between the Texans and Browns. So people who had Johnny Football as the main factor in office pool can frown now. It has been snowing all week and the high on Sunday with be somewhere between 32°F and 40°F. Perfect weather for running the ball. Unfortunately for the Texans, they don't have their number-one running back this week. Alfred Blue steps in for Arian Foster for the second time this season. Read this week's Start and Sits post for more information on the situation.
Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receivers - Fantasy owners of Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins may not immediately enjoy the fruit of the Texans' switch at quarterback this week. The level of precipitation will affect the ability to throw the ball. If new starting quarterback Ryan Mallett has time, he can sling it with the best of them and allow the Texans' two weapons on the outside to get downfield for big plays.
Browns cornerbacks Joe Haden and Buster Skrine held the Bengals' dynamic wide receiver duo, A.J. Green (23 yards on three catches) and Mohamed Sanu (20 yards on two catches), in check on Thursday Night Football. Can they repeat that performance on Sunday?
Alfred Blue, Running Back - Alfred Blue gets his second start this season with Arian Foster out after suffering a non-contact injury from Week Nine. Blue, a sixth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, stepped in for the first time in Week Three at the Giants, running for 78 yards on 13 carries, good for 6.0 yards per carry. Blue has shown flashes of brilliance, but he lacks the overall vision to have the same dynamic effect on the game as Foster. Blue will hit the hole and take the yards in front of him, which may be all he needs to do against the porous Browns run defense in the snow.
Texans' Team Defense and Special Teams - The poor weather conditions may force the Browns into more of a one-dimensional offense with the ground game. The only problem with that fact is the Texans have allowed 117.3 rushing yards per game. The Browns have three running backs they trust in Ben Tate, Terrance West, and Isaiah Crowell; they will be rotated efficiently to keep them fresh against the Texans. This is only a slight sit recommendation, but I wouldn't be going out of my way to find a replacement defense if the Texans are your first option this Sunday.
Garrett Graham, Tight End - The Texans' tight end position is lost in space until proven otherwise. Let Ryan Mallett get one game under his belt to prove whether the tight ends have to stay home to block or whether they'll be used as an offensive weapon more consistently.
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