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Let's take a look at which members of the Cleveland Browns should you start or sit heading into your Week 15 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
(Key: Start / Sit / Enticing)
- QB Johnny Manziel - Earlier this season, the Bengals allowed Cam Newton to rush for over 100 yards as he accumulated about 35 fantasy points. Manziel only cost $6,700 in FanDuel this week, making him the 26th quarterback in terms of cost. For FanDuel, I think it's enticing to play him. In other fantasy leagues, chances are if you're still playing, you're in the postseason and you got there with a quarterback besides Manziel. Cleveland committed to the run the last time they beat the Bengals, so don't even think about starting Manziel if you have him.
- RB Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West - When the Browns beat the Bengals the last time, all three running backs [Ben Tate included] rushed for a touchdown. Now they use just two running backs -- it's not a game where they'll bust a bunch of big runs, but they can wear the defense down, especially if Manziel moves the chains better on third down than Hoyer had been. Crowell remains the better start because he finds the end zone more often.
- WR Josh Gordon - I've downgraded Gordon to being an enticing play this week, and it again boils down to Cleveland's likely commitment to the running game. The Bengals also give up the second fewest fantasy points to wide receivers.
- WR Andrew Hawkins - Although he'll get to face his former team this time around, the same thing holds true for Hawkins as it did for Gordon -- the commitment to the running game means fewer opportunities for the receivers. Also, we don't know what Hawkins' chemistry with his new quarterback will be.
- TE Jordan Cameron - The Bengals give up a fair amount of fantasy points to tight ends, and in Manziel's limited playing time against Buffalo, we saw him throw to Dray a couple of times. Cameron can get open on the playaction rollouts if he is initially blocking a defender, and then that defender releases to pass rush Manziel. Start Cameron.
- K Garrett Hartley - He has a bigger leg than Cundiff, but he's been out of the league for awhile so we don't know what to expect from him.
- DEF/ST Cleveland - After the Browns' awesome defensive performance against the Colts last week and how much they dominated the Bengals the last time these two teams squared off, Cleveland is a good start at this point of the fantasy season.
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