Fantasy Football start/sit advice, TNF: Willis McGahee

Jason Miller

McGahee has been quiet his first two weeks in Cleveland. Can he produce real value in Week 5?

Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee enters his third game with the team looking for his first big outing. The team faces a Buffalo Bills Thursday night that has allowed a lot of yards to opposing rushers, but only one touchdown so far this season.

McGahee rushed for nine yards on eight careers in his first Browns game in Week 3, though that game came only a couple days after he signed with Cleveland. After a full week of practice, McGahee ran for 46 yards on 15 carries last Sunday against Cincinnati.

"I know I ain't Trent Richardson, but I'm here to play," McGahee told the Akron Beacon Journal, indicating the running back the Browns traded away that led to their signing of McGahee.

Fantasy impact: It's hard to picture a situation where someone can comfortably start McGahee, even against a Bills team that is kind to running backs. Until we see that McGahee still has some burst, some elusiveness left in him, he's a move-the-chains type that will merely pull the pile and hope he gets enough carries to matter.

Through two games, that hasn't happened yet. It's possible it happens in this Thursday game, but it seems more sensible to sit back and wait for McGahee to prove something before actually putting him in a lineup.

McGahee's backups, Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey, didn't get mentioned until this last paragraph, and probably didn't even warrant that. Stay away.

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