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Browns Fantasy Football: Start / Sit Advice in Week 16 vs. Carolina

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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 16 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns take on the Carolina Panthers.

(Key: Start / Sit / Enticing)

  • QB Johnny Manziel - On the season, the Panthers give up the 10th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Their defense has been more stringent over the past three weeks, allowing only an average of 13.66 fantasy points per game. Given Manziel's struggles in his first game, there is no way you should think about starting him in any league that counts, unless it's in a FanDuel league where all of your other players are maximizing their dollar usage.

  • RB Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West - Cleveland's running backs haven't gotten going over the past three weeks. Although the Panthers don't have the greatest run defense, there is no consistency in terms of which running backs gets the bulk of the reps. Crowell remains the more enticing play for reaching the end zone more often.

  • WR Josh Gordon - What little offense the Browns had last week went through Gordon, and I think Manziel will feel more free to let it rip against him this week. Gordon could be going against one or two members of a rookie secondary, which sets up the opportunity for a big weeks.

  • WR Andrew Hawkins - In his last three weeks, Hawkins' production has been non-existent. It's not worth rolling with him in a postseason fantasy game.

  • TE Jordan Cameron - Although Cameron hasn't been getting the type of production desired by fantasy fans, you don't want to sit him and miss out when he breaks out for a big game.

  • K Garrett Hartley - Hartley never saw the field last week, and we have no idea how well he will kick. Stay away from him.

  • DEF/ST Cleveland - Defenses and special teams units have notched 14, 11, 12, 31, and 26 fantasy points against the Panthers. That makes the Browns an enticing play, but they aren't a must-start because of how drained they looked against the run last week. If Newton is not mobile and Cleveland can get after him, it could be a nice sleeper play.

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