Joe Haden Suspension Will Boost Fantasy Opponents

August 24, 2012; Cleveland, OH USA: Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden (23) leads the team out of the tunnel in a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

Mike Holmgren confirmed that Joe Haden is facing a four-game suspension, but also said that he expects the cornerback to win his appeal with the NFL and join the Browns for the season opener Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden could miss the first four games of the 2012 NFL regular season due to a suspension for using Adderall, a league-banned substance. Head coach Mike Holmgren confirmed the suspension Tuesday, and said that Haden has already appealed the decision. Though the Browns have not heard from the league either way, Holmgren expects Haden to play in the season opener.

Analysis: The league will make no formal announcement whether or not Haden is suspended, so there's a chance that fantasy owners will have to wait until gameday to find out. Haden's absence would be a huge blow to the Browns' secondary, and a major boon to opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers. The Browns open the season, in order, with Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills, and Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. All four quarterbacks are capable of big performances against the right opponent, and should see their stock rise if Haden is out.

For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature and SB Nation Cleveland. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 6-10pm Monday through Friday, 4-9pm Saturday and Sunday.

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