Jerome Harrison: Starting a Hot Hand | NFL Fantasy Football Rankings
Last week Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Harrison posted a game any running back would be proud of. With 34 carries, 286 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Harrison has become the biggest waiver pickup I can remember at this time of the year, in a long time.
With that being said, the Browns and head coach Eric Mangini haven’t been consistent in whom should receive the football or play this season.
Not only that but if Harrison should receive a big workload this weekend, fantasy football owners still should have concerns on if he can repeat another solid performance.
Using Jerome Harrison
For all the Browns’ issues this season, Harrison still makes for a fine fantasy play this weekend. The Raiders have struggled against slash runners like Harrison all season and I believe this runner should have a couple of opportunities to break long runs.
Because of this Harrison is a solid starter for fantasy football leagues this weekend but there are some draw backs in this game that Harrison will have to fight through.
For one, the Raiders are solid in shutting down runners like Harrison when they get inside the red zone. This should make it hard on Harrison to score you a touchdown, unless he does it from a distance.
Secondly, Brady Quinn is on IR for the rest of the season and that means Derek Anderson is back under center.
I truly have zero confidence in Anderson’s ability to keep the chains moving as he has shown no stability in moving an offense for the past two seasons.
If the Browns can’t keep the chains moving than the Raiders will pound the football with Michael
Bush and Darren McFadden (Justin Fargas likely out).
Keeping drives alive will be essential for Harrison to have success as I’m sure the Raiders know who Harrison is by now. Look for the Raiders to play man coverage on the Browns young receivers and dare them to throw the football.
Don’t be surprised if the Raiders load eight or even nine (at times) in the box to try and stop the Browns rushing attack. This should make things more difficult for Harrison in this matchup.
Fantasy Football Stratigy for Using Jerome Harrison
Many fantasy football owners have asked me if Harrison is worth starting over a good runner with a tough matchup. Personally, I believe that decision ends with every individual fantasy owner to make.
If you believe in starting a player that has been scoring every week and should produce against a tough matchup (Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice) than that is the right player to start.
If you believe in starting a hot hand that has an easy matchup on paper then Harrison is the right player for you.
In the end, these are the hard decisions for fantasy owners to make, and it’s not any easier when a fantasy football super bowl championship is on the line.
If you choose right it could be a victory, and if you choose wrong…….wait till next year.
NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com