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Let's take a look at which members of the Cleveland Browns should you buy or sell heading into your Week 3 fantasy football match-ups as the Browns take on the Oakland Raiders.
(Key: Buy / Sell / Enticing)
- QB Josh McCown - The Raiders' defense has not been good through two weeks, giving up an average of 326.5 yards passing and 2 touchdown passes per week. Knowing the Browns' offense and the way they plan on winning football games, it's unlikely that McCown will come close to matching that effort. In the off-chance that he does, the $6,000 price tag is as cheap as you can get for a starting quarterback. The risk just seems to out-weigh the reward, especially with him basically having missed two games.
- RB Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson - Both opponents the Raiders' defense has faced so far have deployed two running backs. In Week 1, Jeremy Hill had 63 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, while RB Giovani Bernard had 63 rushing yards and 6 catches for 25 yards. Last week, Justin Forsett had 68 rushing yards and backup Lorenzo Taliaferro had 34 rushing yards with 1 touchdown.
Crowell's price tag ($6,600) is still low compared to other running backs, but he could reasonably put up a 12-point fantasy day if he reaches the end zone again. Johnson might see might finally see action out of the backfield now that McCown is back, but since it hasn't happened yet, I don't know if you can take a random flier on him -- even if he has a decent game, it won't be a fantasy heyday.
- WR Andrew Hawkins, Brian Hartline, Taylor Gabriel, Travis Benjamin - Through two weeks, Benjamin has been a fantasy godsend. In fact, the 1st place millionaire-winning team last week featured Benjamin as one of the receivers in their lineup for $5,000 as he scored 31 fantasy points. This week, his price tag has increased to $5,600. You might doubt yourself that Benjamin can keep catching deep ball touchdowns, but keep this in mind: he's always a threat to gain big yards on an end around of yards after the catch on a screen. Ride the momentum while he's still hot.
- TE Gary Barnidge - Not only does McCown love throwing to the tight ends, Oakland has been terrible at defending tight ends over the first two weeks, often leaving them wide open. They've yielded four touchdown passes to tight ends through two weeks, so Barnidge at the minimum price tag of $4,500 can be a good buy this week.
- K Travis Coons - He only has one field goal attempt through two games, so look for a kicker whose team moves the ball into scoring range more often.
- DEF/ST Cleveland - The Browns' defense is tied for the 5th most expensive this week at $4,600, but that's still pretty cheap overall. Sacks might be harder to come by this week for the Browns because of how quickly Carr gets rid of the football, but they should be able to generate pressure on the right side of the Raiders' line while trying to force Carr to throw off balance. That could lead to some turnovers.