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Postby VHawk15 » Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:54 pm

For all you guys who missed the boat on Thomas Jones and/or Willie Parker, Reuben Droughns may turn out to be a nice sleeper after all.

ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports with Cleveland Browns RB Reuben Droughns currently entrenched as the starting tailback in Cleveland, the Browns might try to trade one of their other backs, William Green or Lee Suggs, before the trade deadline, according to some talk "in the press box." A lot of teams would love to get Suggs, but he can't stay healthy, and that's a concern.


The Browns appear to be somewhat impressed with Droughns, and they think he could be their #1 back. I wouldn't start trading for him or anything, because he does still play for Cleveland, but he's a guy that is going to get the goalline carries no matter what, and that's always a plus. If you have an open roster spot and this guy is somehow available, give him a shot.

Also, if he's on your roster and you're in a bind this week, he makes a decent start against the Pack.
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Re: Droughns=nice sleeper

Postby The_Commish » Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:01 pm

VHawk15 wrote:Also, if he's on your roster and you're in a bind this week, he makes a decent start against the Pack.


That's if they were playing the Pack this week!! :-b

I believe they play the Colts. I don't like Droughns and don't like him in this matchup -- Browns will be playing from behind all game.

He would of been a decent option last week vs. the Pack I suppose. But I can't remember him doing much in that game either. I think Suggs has this job in the next month.

Probably a RB situation you will only want for a bye week replacement.
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Re: Droughns=nice sleeper

Postby VHawk15 » Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:07 pm

The_Commish wrote:That's if they were playing the Pack this week!! :-b


Good point, I was looking back at last week's game. This matchup versus the Colts is a little worse, but Indy is still giving up more than 100 yards a game on the ground, so Droughns is still good for a spot start.

The main news here is that Cleveland appears to be impressed with Droughns' play and are considering trading one of the other RB's away.
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Postby maddog60 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:20 am

I can't imagine they'd be sticking with a guy who was completely ineffective against one of the NFL's worst defenses (Green Bay). Droughns got a whopping 2.5 ypc, 50 yards on 20 carries. That can't possibly do anything other than open the door for Green or Suggs to take over the featured role.
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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:07 am

I would be surpised that they would look at trading Suggs, but from the Browns brass standpoint, he probably is more marketable than Green who is not exactly the posterboy for good behavior.

I still question if Suggs was healthy, would he be on the block and starting. Hard to say due to the ankle.

This could come back to get them. They would be possibly be sacrificing depth at a position they already have an injury at.
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Postby skibrett15 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:37 am

maddog60 wrote:I can't imagine they'd be sticking with a guy who was completely ineffective against one of the NFL's worst defenses (Green Bay). Droughns got a whopping 2.5 ypc, 50 yards on 20 carries. That can't possibly do anything other than open the door for Green or Suggs to take over the featured role.


this is a huge misconception. Green Bay has one of the worst, if not the worst secondarys in the NFL. Their pass defense is horrendous and they get no pressure on the qb. Their run defense is fairly good however. People made this mistake in the first half of last year with SD, who was always a bad defense. Last year their run defense was superb. GB's is not superb but they have strong run blocking DTs, and LBs and Al harris can tackle as well. Currently they are 7th in the league after 2 weeks in run defense.

As for droughns, i think that if the CLE defense starts to improve, which I think it will they will be able to run it more. Droughns had a great game in week 1 with 12 carries for like 70 yards and another 30 receiving.
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Postby VHawk15 » Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:42 pm

Once again, Droughns is looking more and more like the featured back. He had 25 touches for 108 total yards as the Cleveland D looked stout against the Indy O.

If this guy is still available in your league, grab him.
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Postby Kingctb27 » Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:24 am

Where do you think a guy like Suggs would be traded? Somewhere like SF?
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Postby V-unit » Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:40 am

Droughns is definently a nice sleeper now that he may be the featured back in cleveland.I wouldnt mind having him for trade bait.
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Postby lmcjaho » Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:22 am

Unless you're in an 8-team league I see no way that Droughns is on the WW or FA list at this point... Only league I'm in where he was available post-draft was my $$ salary league where he had a top 30 salary due to his strong season last year and the draft was early enough that Suggs was still expected to be the starter...
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