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Browns Fantasy Football: Start / Sit Advice in Week 2 vs. New Orleans

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Joe Sargent

Which members of the Cleveland Browns should you start or sit heading into your Week 2 fantasy football match-ups, as the Browns host the New Orleans Saints?

(Key: Start / Sit / Enticing)

  • QB Brian Hoyer - Hoyer is an intriguing option this week because Matt Ryan threw for 448 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Saints' defense last week. However, the Falcons are a pass-dominated team, while Cleveland aspires to have more of a balanced offense. I'd lean toward sitting him, but if your quarterback has a terrible matchup this week (i.e. against the Panthers or Seahawks defense), then maybe he's worth a one-week play.

  • RB Terrance West - The Browns averaged over 6 yards a carry last week, and West went over 100 yards with some impressive runs. He could find the end zone for the first time this week too as Ben Tate nurses an injury.

  • WR Isaiah Crowell - Despite having 2 touchdowns last week, he wasn't necessarily the Browns' goal line back. My impression was that West just needed a breather after getting the Browns close to the end zone, and Crowell capitalized. Crowell will get some touches again this week, but West is the safer bet to start.

  • WR Andrew Hawkins - If Devin Hester was able to post 5 catches for 99 yards against the Saints' defense last week, then Hawkins should be in store for a big day. Last week, Hawkins was targeted 10 times and caught 8 passes for 87 yards. This week, I think he does more damage in space against a defense that whiffed on a bunch of tackles a week ago.

  • WR Miles Austin, Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel - Because the Browns go with a pretty even distribution among the rest of their wide receivers, you're blindly throwing a dart at the board if you pick one of these guys.

  • TE Jordan Cameron - Even if you find out that Cameron is active for the day, it'd probably be wise to find another tight end this week. Cameron didn't practice all week, and even if he's active, it might only be for some end zone plays. I'd expect Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray to share the load, and neither will put up consistent fantasy numbers.

  • K Billy Cundiff - The Browns are going to need touchdowns to stay in the game against New Orleans. If they fall behind quickly, they won't be settling for field goals. Plus, Cundiff isn't relied upon to make the 50+ yarders.

  • DEF/ST Cleveland - The Browns gave up 503 yards of offense to the Steelers last week, and they face Drew Brees this week. I'd sound pretty foolish to recommend starting the Browns' defense this week.


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