Montario Hardesty Still Has Fantasy Football Value As No. 2 RB In Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02: Running back Montario Hardesty #31 of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass in front of safety Jordan Babineaux #26 of the Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Browns are still rolling with Montario Hardesty as Trent Richardson's backup. We break down the fantasy implications.

Montario Hardesty lost a fumble in the Browns third preseason game against the Eagles, and two days later Brandon Jackson took over first-team reps in practice. However, Hardesty was held out of workouts simply due to soreness from the game against Philadelphia. He remains the No. 2 running back on the depth chart.

Analysis: Trent Richardson continues to miss time, and even though reports indicate he may be ready for the regular season opener, Hardesty is still his handcuff for fantasy owners. Hardesty's upper hand may have diminished after Jackson's solid performance against the Eagles Friday night, but the Browns insist no changes have been made between the two. Cleveland's final preseason game against the Chicago could be the final chance for either to make a statement. A lot of teams will not be playing their starters very long in the final week of preseason, but Hardesty and Jackson will likely continue to battle.

For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature and SB Nation Cleveland.

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