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Let's take a look at which members of the Clevelandshould you buy or sell heading into your Week 5 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns take on the Baltimore Ravens.
(Key: Buy / Sell / Enticing)
- QB Josh McCown - The Ravens did not allow Peyton Manning or Michael Vick to have big games in Week 1 and Week 4, but they allowed an average of 29.33 fantasy points to Derek Carr and Andy Dalton in the other two games, as both quarterbacks passed for three touchdowns. The Browns are going with a pass-heavier approach, which makes McCown a more attractive option now when you factor in his 20th-ranked $6,700 price tag.
- RB Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson - The Ravens give up the 6th fewest points to fantasy running backs, although Le'Veon Bell was the first back to have a big game against them on the ground last week. Baltimore rarely allows 100-yard rushers, and Cleveland can't punch it in on the ground or through the air much in the red zone, so I'd sit Crowell despite his 28th-ranked $6,100 price tag. I'd be cautious of Johnson being able to replicate the big game he had last week since most of his production came as a receiver, but his price tag at $5,900 (35th-ranked) is still nice value.
- WR Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel, Travis Benjamin - Even though his touchdown streak ended last week, it's time to buy on Benjamin again. He has a 25th-ranked price tag at $6,200 and the Ravens are allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to wide receivers. Among the receivers with big games are Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper, A.J. Green, and Marvin Jones. Gabriel had a 70- and 49-yard catch against the Ravens last year, but with he and Hawkins only having 10 catches each this year, I can't take a flier on either one.
- TE Gary Barnidge - Check this out:
Week 1: Owen Daniels, 2 catches, 5 yards
Week 2: Mychal Rivera, 3 catches, 15 yards
Week 3: Tyler Eifert, 0 catches
Week 4: Heath Miller, 1 catch, 1 yard
Even though Barnidge is very involved in the passing game with McCown under center, how can you buy Barnidge given what the Ravens have done to other tight ends this year? Avoid Barnidge's 11th-ranked price tag at $5,900.
- K Travis Coons - Given the Browns' red zone struggles and how Coons has hit all of his field goals, the young kicker doesn't seem like a bad option for the minimum price tag.
- DEF/ST Cleveland - Until the Browns' defense earns respect again, they aren't even worth consideration.