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Browns Fantasy Football: Start / Sit Advice in Week 5 vs. Tennessee

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We take a look at which members of the Cleveland Browns should you start or sit heading into your Week 5 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns host the Tennessee Titans.

(Key: Start / Sit / Enticing)

  • QB Brian Hoyer - Statistically, this doesn't seem like the greatest fantasy match-up for Hoyer. He's averaging one touchdown pass per game, and the Titans' defense has only allowed one quarterback to put up a great fantasy game against them -- that was last week when Andrew Luck torched them for three touchdown passes. The combination of Hoyer coming off his best game of the year, along with the Titans' defense performing worse every week, makes Hoyer a compelling play if your guy is on the bye.

  • RB Ben Tate - Obviously, you'll want to monitor the gameday inactives to ensure that Tate does not suffer a setback in his return from injury. Not only have Browns running backs been great for fantasy purposes, but the Titans are allowing the 9th most points to fantasy running backs. DeMarco Murray (21.3), Giovani Bernard (17.4), Trent Richardson (15.9), and Ahmad Bradshaw (11.2) have been the backs who have ripped the Titans during their three-game losing streak.

  • RB Terrance West - If Tate is inactive, then West becomes a safe play. If Tate is active, we have no idea how West will be utilized on the depth chart, or if he'll even get any carries.

  • WR Isaiah Crowell - Although I feel like Crowell will be the Browns' backup running back this week, you have to sit him due to the uncertainty of how the Browns' reps at running back will pan out with Tate back.

  • WR Andrew Hawkins - Three games have proved that Hawkins is a staple of consistency in this offense. The Titans have allowed four 100-yard receivers through four games this year, and Hawkins will likely be matched up against a pair of cornerbacks with very little starting experience. Until he gets some touchdowns, Hawkins is only a "enticing" play rather than a must-start.

  • WR Miles Austin, Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel - I think Austin will be matched up with Titans cornerback Jason McCourty, who has been having a good year. Austin has come up with some clutch catches this season and has touchdowns in two straight games, but I think those red zone targets will be deferred to a healthier Cameron this week.

  • TE Jordan Cameron - Let's be real: if Cameron is on your roster, you're not going to sit him unless he's injured. The Titans aren't allowing teams' starting tight ends to put a lot of yards on the board, but they did allow a touchdown to each of the Colts' tight ends last week.

  • K Billy Cundiff - He's coming off an 0-for-2 game, can't hit from beyond 50 yards, and Cleveland's long snapper situation is in flux. Stay away.

  • DEF/ST Cleveland - The Titans have allowed 8 sacks this season and Tennessee turns the ball over regularly. Cleveland's defense is a risky play because of how inconsistent they've been, but they're enticing this week in the event that they fixed their issues over the bye.


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