We take a look at which members of the Cleveland Browns should you start or sit heading into your Week 8 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns take on the Oakland Raiders.
(Key: Start / Sit / Enticing)
- QB Brian Hoyer - Although this could be a redemption week for Hoyer, he's only had more than 20 fantasy points once this season, and usually he's right around 15 points. He's coming off his worse game of the season, when he had just 5.2 fantasy points against a poor Jaguars secondary. The Raiders have given up at least 250 yards passing and 2 touchdowns to each of the past three quarterbacks they've faced, but Hoyer just isn't a fantasy quarterback you can bank on.
- RB Ben Tate - The Raiders have given up the second most fantasy points this season to running backs. Oakland's interior defensive linemen don't pose a matchup problem, so the Raiders shouldn't be able to get the same penetration that Jacksonville did a week ago. Three running backs have gone over 100 yards rushing against Oakland this season, and I think Tate will almost reach that amount before half time.
- RB Terrance West & RB Isaiah Crowell - Given the Raiders' run defense struggles, there is a chance that Crowell will have a decent fantasy day -- 50 yards and a touchdown. I think West will be back in the doghouse with limited, if any, reps this week.
- WR Andrew Hawkins, Miles Austin, Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel - The Raiders haven't allowed one single receiver to dominate them, and as is the case every week, Cleveland continues to spread the wealth among four receivers.
- TE Jordan Cameron - Coming off of a disappointing 1-catch, 5-yard effort, I think Kyle Shanahan will design the gameplan this week to take advantage of Cameron against a couple of new defensive replacements for the Raiders (safety and outside linebacker). Oakland doesn't particularly struggle against tight ends, but Cameron's due for a rebound week.
- K Billy Cundiff - The Raiders the worst third-down defense in the league, but a pretty good red zone defense. Although that could mean more field goals for Cundiff, I anticipate more touchdowns for Cleveland back at home.
- DEF/ST Cleveland - Any time a defense faces a rookie quarterback who is playing on the road, they will be an enticing start. Oakland's receivers drop passes, the running game can't get going, and the points aren't plentiful. The reason Cleveland isn't a "lock" as a start is due to the Raiders' offensive line limiting the amount of sacks that defenses register.
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