Unlike Week 11 against Houston,
True, Week 12 was the Browns' first game with Tate completely off the roster, so they're still feeling out their backfield. But while Crowell and West will probably continue to split carries going forward, Crowell is looking like the one to own in Fantasy. Chances are even with an even distribution of carries, they won't both contribute relevant numbers each week.
Crowell tied the game at 7 with an 11-yard touchdown run with 1:33 left in the first quarter. He gave Cleveland a 23-14 lead with a 26-yard touchdown run with 46 seconds left in the third quarter. Crowell, whose previous career high was 77 rushing yards, also had two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Steelers.
Crowell has seven rushing touchdowns in 11 games. The Browns are back in action Week 13 at Buffalo.
Crowell has been the best back in Cleveland on a per-carry basis, leading the team in yards per carry, first downs and rushes of longer than 20 yards. Of course, he is also the only Browns back to put the ball on the turf so far, with three fumbles in 78 carries. Coaches can be fickle about running backs with fumble histories, which makes Crowell somewhat risky, even if he looks like the best back of the two right now.
In the short term, Crowell looks like the back to own in Cleveland if you can only have one. However, West should still get plenty of carries down the stretch, and has plenty of Fantasy value of his own.
"Crowell was a guy that had practiced well, we felt really good about where he was and progress he made," Pettine said.
Crowell registered 14 of Cleveland's 24 carries and played 51 of 77 offensive snaps on Sunday. He finished with 61 rushing yards.
When asked if there was an attitude issue with Tate, Pettine responded with, "nothing that I would speak on here."
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Crowell got the bulk of the work Sunday, as he picked up 14 of the team's 24 carries Sunday, while hauling in the only two passes the team's backs had in the game. He rushed for 61 yards and had 91 all-purpose yards overall, though he also lost a fumble, his second lost fumble of the season.
Crowell, the undrafted rookie, has been the team's best option this season out of the backfield, though he had been limited to reserve work prior to Sunday's game. He leads the team in yards per carry and touchdowns, and it will be interesting to see whether they continue to look his way more down the stretch.
At this point, the Browns' backfield is a nightmare for Fantasy owners, so hopefully they can settle one lead back moving forward. For now, each player has his value, but none make sense as starters.
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