Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Week One

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53. Week 1 Projection: Standard: 9/PPR: 14. WR. Cleveland Browns. Andrew Hawkins. 4. player

Start ‘Em #2

Andrew Hawkins has the chance to be a special sleeper this year in fantasy football. As you probably know, Browns star wide-out Josh Gordon has been suspended for the entire 2014 season, opening the way for a receiver to stand out.

Gordon had 87 catches on 159 targets last season with the combination of Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell, and Brandon Weeden at QB. All of those 159 targets are now up for grabs this season.

With Brian Hoyer starting the season, I think Browns receivers will be more successful than they will when the speedy Johnny Manziel eventually takes over the QB job. This means that Hawkins, along with fellow starting wide-out Miles Austin should put up some good numbers early in the season.

I like Hawkins over Austin because of his skill set. Hawkins is a smaller, quicker receiver that could be put in the slot (like he was in Cincinnati) or out at one of the starting spots as he has been said to be at starting the season.

The Browns play the Steelers week one in a game that should have scoring in the 20s from both sides. Star CB Joe Haden will most likely be on the bigger name receiver which is Austin in this case, which will mean Hawkins should see some significant targets from Hoyer in week one.

Consider him a good flex play for week one.