We take a look at which members of the Cleveland Browns should you start or sit heading into your Week 3 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns host the Baltimore Ravens.
(Key: Start / Sit / Enticing)
- QB Brian Hoyer - While I expect Hoyer to have a good game against the Ravens, don't expect it to be one that is going to win you a fantasy football match. Through two games, Baltimore's defense has allowed just one passing touchdown. Hoyer is only averaging one touchdown pass per game as he defers to the running game to move the ball a lot. Hoyer might be good for another 14 fantasy points this year, but there should be better options out there.
- RB Terrance West - The Ravens aren't giving up a lot of yardage on the ground over the first two weeks, but they've allowed running backs to catch quite a few passes. I think we're still trying to see how much West will be utilized in the passing game, but Cleveland has shown a commitment to the run that Cincinnati and Pittsburgh haven't. West also ran for a touchdown last week. Until Ben Tate comes back, West is a good start.
- WR Isaiah Crowell - Crowell had 11 carries for 58 yards last week, which is a very respectable day for a running back, but not-so-hot for fantasy football. Crowell could get some touches down in the red zone, but you have to ride with the running backs who sees the majority of the snaps in the game, and that is West.
- WR Andrew Hawkins - He's been targeted 22 times in 2 games, coming away with 14 catches for 157 yards. He hasn't come up with a touchdown yet, but it's only a matter of time before Hoyer connects with him using his short area quickness.
- WR Miles Austin, Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel - Although Austin had a touchdown catch last week and a couple of more big grabs, he'll need to do that more often to show he's worthy of a fantasy threat. Benjamin and Gabriel aren't getting enough catches or targets to warrant a start.
- TE Jordan Cameron - This week, I'm leaving Cameron without a color. He was a limited participant in practice and is listed as questionable, so if you consider playing him, you'll have to monitor the active/inactive list around noon. Even then, there's no guarantee that Cameron will see the field as often as he normally would. Odds are that Cameron is the best tight on your roster, though, so if he is active, go ahead and start him.
- K Billy Cundiff - The Ravens have not allowed any red zone touchdowns this year, and Bengals kicked Mike Nugent had five field goals in Week 1. That makes Cundiff a compelling option if Cleveland can move the ball, but Baltimore's defense continues to hold strong.
- DEF/ST Cleveland - This could be a breakout day for the Browns' defense. They sacked QB Joe Flacco eight times last year and stuffed the Ravens' running game.
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