We take a look at which members of the Cleveland Browns should you start or sit heading into your Week 6 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers.
(Key: Start / Sit / Enticing)
- QB Brian Hoyer - Hoyer his coming off his best fantasy day of the season, going for nearly 300 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. When he faced the Steelers in Week 1, Hoyer had a good day, but his 230 yards passing and 1 touchdown only netted 13.00 fantasy points. I think Cleveland continues to utilize their running game down in the red zone this week, and Pittsburgh's defense has given up the 4th fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
- RB Ben Tate - Although Tate didn't crack the end zone last week, Cleveland gave him an opportunity from the one yard line and he was stopped, so they have no qualms about giving him goal line carries. The Browns' wide running game works effectively against the Steelers' defense, and we could see Tate in store for another 100+ yard rushing performance.
- RB Terrance West & RB Isaiah Crowell - West and Crowell appear to be in a timeshare now. For long-term fantasy consideration, either of these guys are worth a bench spot. To start one of them now is taking a shot in the dark.
- WR Andrew Hawkins - Hawkins posted 8 catches for 87 yards in Week 1 against Pittsburgh's defense. Hawkins is coming off of his worst game of the season, primarily because his chemistry with Hoyer just wasn't quite there, but he was targeted for a missed touchdown opportunity. If they dial up that same play again this week, Hoyer's one touchdown could go to Hawkins.
- WR Miles Austin, Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel - Once again, it's all about the targets here. Benjamin had 16.8 fantasy points last week and also logged a touchdown against Pittsburgh in Week 1, but he could very well go for 2 catches and 20 yards this week. After Hawkins, the targets are spread around evenly, which hurts fantasy value.
- TE Jordan Cameron - One of these weeks, Cameron is going to have his breakout game, and you won't want to miss it. Keep this in mind: a few weeks ago, Owen Daniels had two touchdowns against Pittsburgh, and they were the only other team that had a similar rush attack to Cleveland. If the Browns set up the run in the red zone this week, Cameron could find the end zone finally.
- K Billy Cundiff - Cundiff had 10 fantasy points last week, including his first 40+ yarder of the season. The Steelers give up the 5th most fantasy points to kickers, and Cundiff will be in a Cleveland stadium with very little wind this week. If you need a kicker for your bye week replacement, consider Cundiff.
- DEF/ST Cleveland - The Browns sacked Roethlisberger three times in Week 1, but the unit overall has been awful against the pass and the run. They aren't producing enough turnovers to be worth a start. With the injuries in every unit on defense this week, I can't see any reason to start Cleveland's defense.
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