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Let's take a look at which members of the Clevelandshould you buy or sell heading into your Week 1 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns take on the New York Jets.
(Key: Buy / Sell / Enticing)
- QB Josh McCown - Unless a miracle happens, I think McCown is going to be red most weeks, but especially this week when he is facing a secondary that boasts three good cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, and Buster Skrine. McCown's $6,300 price tag is the second cheapest among starting quarterbacks, only in front of Kirk Cousins at $6,000. If you are trying to buy low at quarterback, Cousins should manage more than McCown.
- RB Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson - This is when price tags have to come into consideration. Isaiah Crowell is the 38th-priced running back at $6,100 and Duke Johnson is the 43rd-priced running back at $5,800. There are two reasons why the running backs aren't definite buys. First, although the position has some more clarity now that Terrance West has been traded, we still don't know who the true lead back will end up being between Crowell and Johnson. My money is on Crowell, who showed a nose for the end zone in 2014.
The other factor is that the Jets featured the best run defense in the NFL last year, so we're probably looking at a 3.0 YPC type of day from Crowell. Nonetheless, if you buy high at other positions and only have $6,100 left to fill one running back spot, Crowell is an enticing option.
- WR Andrew Hawkins, Brian Hartline - This is too much of a rotational group to produce reliable fantasy stats. Even a guy like Andrew Hawkins, who was good for PPR last year, didn't get many looks during the preseason, so we don't really know if his utilization will go down or not. The price tags are dirt cheap ($4,700 for Hawkins, $4,600 for Travis Benjamin, $4,500 for Taylor Gabriel, $4,500 for Hartline), but which one are you willing to bet not only emerges from the pack, but is able to do so against the Jets' secondary?
- Comparatively speaking, at $4,500, you're not saving a whole lot of money by taking a flier on him for some tight ends with more potential. Until Barnidge shows he is a legit fantasy threat or faces a defense vulnerable to tight ends, he will be red every week.
- Tied for the cheapest amount at $4,500, Coons seemed perfect in camp but has never kicked in a regular season game. This could be a defensive battle with a lot of field goals, but again, with there being very little in cost saving compared to some proven kickers, I'd go with a veteran.
- DEF/ST Cleveland - The Browns' defense will be as healthy as they'll ever be heading into Week 1, and fans should have visions of what was done to the Buccaneers in the preseason looming in their heads. The Browns are tied for the 4th-most expensive defense/special teams unit in the NFL, but are facing an offense that should have trouble moving the ball. Benjamin's new-found life on punt returns also offers the threat of a special teams touchdown every now and then.