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Let's take a look at which members of the Clevelandshould you buy or sell heading into your Week 7 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns take on the St. Louis Rams.
(Key: Buy / Sell / Enticing)
- QB Josh McCown - McCown is still the 16th-priced quarterback at $6,900. For that price, he's one of the quarterbacks who has a high ceiling for still logging a lot of passing yards. However, the Rams' defense has given up the 3rd-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. They didn't start the year facing pass-happy or effective quarterbacks against Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins. Then, in Week 3, Ben Roethlisberger was getting yards through the air before suffering his knee injury. Carson Palmer got them for a lot of yards (352) the following week, but only had 1 touchdown. Aaron Rodgers threw for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns against them, but also turned the ball over 3 times (2 interceptions, 1 fumble). If McCown dumps the ball off a lot and gets those yards after the catch, his price tag is enticing compared to the higher-priced quarterbacks out there.
- RB Isaiah Crowell, Robert Turbin, Duke Johnson - The Rams are giving up the 14th-most fantasy points to running backs, but do you have any idea how Cleveland is going to utilize Isaiah Crowell and Robert Turbin this week? That makes either one too big of a risk to play. Duke Johnson remains the enticing play because he'll get some carries, with the upside of possibly being heavily involved as a receiver. The Rams have been very susceptible to running backs as receivers. Le'Veon Bell had 7 catches for 70 yards, David Johnson had 4 for 63 (and 1 touchdown), and many other backs have had 3+ catches for around 30 yards. Johnson is priced at $5,600.
- WR Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel, Travis Benjamin - The Rams have given up the 11th-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Benjamin is tied for the 22nd price tag as $6,600. Even though Benjamin doesn't have a touchdown since Week 3, he's still gone over 10 fantasy points in all three games since then and is seeing plenty of targets each week. If Janoris Jenkins takes a chance on him this week jumping a route, Benjamin might get him on the double move deep.
- TE Gary Barnidge - The Barnidge train is showing no signs of stopping. The Rams have given up the 9th fewest fantasy points to tight ends this year, but that statistic didn't matter when Barnidge faced the Ravens a few weeks ago. Plus, St. Louis has had the benefit of facing three teams in their last three games (Pittsburgh, Arizona, Green Bay) who don't utilize their tight ends as receivers very much any more. Barnidge is the 4th most expensive tight end at $5,900, but that is still a big-time bargain compared to a guy like Rob Gronkowski ($8,100). Barnidge's last four fantasy outputs on FanDuel are: 19.5, 16.5, 23.9, 17.4. Keep on rolling with him.
- K Travis Coons - The Rams have given up the 7th most fantasy points to kickers this year, and with the Rams' tough interior defense, Cleveland might have to settle for a couple of field goals if their red zone issues continue. Inside a dome, the odds of Coons getting his first crack at a 50+ yard field goal increase too.
- DEF/ST Cleveland - The Seahawks (19), Steelers (11), and Packers (23) have all had good fantasy days against the Rams. The Browns' defense remains dirt cheap at $4,400, and on paper, any defense should have a chance at a good day against the Rams. Cleveland's group just continues to lack that spark, though, and they've disappointed too many times this year that I think you can find a substitute defense.