Joe Haden Suspended Four Games: Fantasy Implications

Sep 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) runs back an interception in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Browns CB Joe Haden has been suspended four games, gutting Cleveland's secondary depth. We break down the fantasy implications.

The NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden four games for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy, as first reported by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Haden's suspension begins immediately, making him ineligible to play until Week 6. He tested positive for Adderall in the offseason.

Fantasy Impact: This suspension has been expected for a while, and it was a mild surprise that Haden got to play in Week 1, but it's still a massive blow to a defense already struggling for talent. The only positive here is for fantasy owners who no longer have to worry about Cleveland's shutdown corner when playing matchups. The Browns visit Cincinnati in Week 2, so expect A.J. Green to have a field day.

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