Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 16: Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell fail to produce
The two rookie running backs combined to do almost nothing Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.
With Brian Hoyer in at quarterback, Cleveland Browns running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West weren’t great fantasy options, but they did put up some numbers each week. If Sunday’s 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals is any indication, that might not be the case with rookie Johnny Manziel as the starter, as West and Crowell both failed to produce much of anything in the game.
West ran the ball five times for 23 yards in the game. Crowell had seven rushes for 17 yards, adding two catches for 10 more. It’s the second time in three games the two have combined for four total fantasy points, though they had largely combined for better production since the team parted ways with Ben Tate.
Fantasy impact: The Cleveland offense has completely fallen apart in recent weeks, with only five offensive touchdowns in its last five games. Crowell has three of those touchdowns, but the struggles of the overall offense mean the two rookie running backs don’t have room to produce.
Ultimately, the loss of center Alex Mack several weeks ago appears to finally be catching up with the Browns, and it’s hard to trust any of their offensive players in fantasy. West is fully droppable, while Crowell needs to be benched unless he can show something again, which might mean until 2015.