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Let's take a look at which members of the Clevelandshould you buy or sell heading into your Week 4 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns take on the San Diego Chargers.
(Key: Buy / Sell / Enticing)
- QB Josh McCown - McCown is the 21st most expensive quarterback at $6,400. The Chargers have given up the 6th fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks, a number that is a bit skewed since Teddy Bridgewater only had 3.74 fantasy points last week when he just handed off to Adrian Peterson all day. McCown could very well have a similar day as Cleveland is expected to attack the Chargers on the ground.
- RB Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson - At $6,400, Crowell is the 21st most expensive running back in Week 4, with Johnson trailing him as the 48th most expensive running back at $5,400. The Chargers have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to running backs. The week-to-week decision is tough with the Browns' backs because you don't know who will get the bulk of the carries. I have a suspicion that the disappointment with Crowell last week, combined with Johnson having several weeks of practice, means we might see Johnson receive an opportunity as the lead back this week.
- WR Andrew Hawkins, Brian Hartline, Taylor Gabriel, Travis Benjamin - Despite having 5 touchdowns over the first three games, Benjamin is still the 27th-priced receiver at $6,000. Although I'm encouraged by the number of targets Benjamin had last week, several things go against him this week: he enters the game with sore ribs, there is a threat of rain to start the game, McCown couldn't time up the deep ball with him last week, and the Chargers' secondary has defended the pass well.
- TE Gary Barnidge - Barnidge is the 19th-ranked tight end at $5,000 this week. Although Kyle Rudolph of the Vikings was held to nothing last week, Tyler Eifert and Eric Ebron each had 50-yard, 1-touchdown games to kick off the year. McCown likes targeting tight ends, Barnidge caught a touchdown last week, and he nearly had a second and third if it weren't for a collision at the goal line and an overthrown when he was wide open. The reign of Barnidge is officially underway.
- K Travis Coons - He turned in his best fantasy outing last week with two field goals and two extra points. If kicker is the last position you go for with a small budget, go ahead and take Coons. But I expect the Browns to have success in the red zone this week, which means extra points, not field goals.
- DEF/ST Cleveland - The Chargers give up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing defensive units. With possibly four out of five starters out for the Chargers' offensive line, this could end up being like Week 2 when Cleveland had seven sacks. The Browns are the 9th most expensive defensive this week at $4,600.