Coach Mike Pettine hasn’t closed the book on the competition that has captivated Cleveland and the NFL, despite naming Brian Hoyer the starter for Monday in Washington.
"All of our options are still on the table," Pettine said Friday regarding a Week 1 starter.
Captivated? Come on. That has to be a beat writer word there. While the novelty of Johnny Manziel is still there to a certain extent, the knowledgeable football fan and savvy fantasy owner know a bunch of lip service is what's coming out of Cleveland right now. With such limited complementary personnel, the Browns have no intention of throwing Johnny Football to the wolves. At least not in the first few weeks of the season. Maybe there's a quarterback change later on down the road, but only if Hoyer gets hurt or plays so poorly that a change is immediately warranted. Then, of course, there's Rex Grossman now, so that further complicates the situation.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Adam Lind went 2-for-3 with a home run, one RBI, two walks and two runs scored against the Reds on Saturday
Over the past seven days, Lind is 8-for-26 with two home runs and 11 RBI. He is definitely having a surprise season over at first base and not saying that he was not capable of this type of season but we didn't necessarily see this coming. He is hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI so far this season. That is great production out of guy that is owned in just about 50% of leagues. If he is available in your league scoop him up while you can, as he has shown through 78 games this year he is going to have a great season. Analysis: Dillon Conklin
Todd Frazier went 4-for-5 with two doubles against the Brewers on Saturday
Is it time that we include Todd Frazier in the conversation for one of the best hitters in the league? Because this guy can just flat out hit. He went 4-for-5 Saturday against the Brewers bringing his average up to .289 for the season. Not to mention his 25 home run and 54 RBI. Frazier continues to excel and is in the conversation for best third basemen in the league. If you have Frazier on your squad you are going to want to hold onto this guy for a long time. Analysis: Dillon Conklin