Many of you may be looking at your teams like the Cleveland Browns front office thinking I should be 2-0 right now. Whether it was a bad lineup decision or going up against some studs who have gone off the past two weeks, I hope you’ve had a better two weeks than the Browns have.
We have an intriguing match up against a young New York Jets team with a rookie quarterback we passed on and a defense that looks legit. So let’s see who we are starting for the Browns.
Quarterback; Tyrod Taylor – Sit
Tyrod Taylor struggled mightily against a Saints defense that had just been torched by Ryan Fitzpatrick. He also just lost his best weapon in Josh Gordon. Jarvis Landry is hurt and may not play. All of this leads to me sitting Taylor this week. I could be wrong on him. He can get a ton of points with his legs, but I don’t trust him this week.
Running backs: Carlos Hyde – Start, Duke Johnson Jr. – Start
Carlos Hyde continues to be the workhorse. He finished in the top 20 last week. This is exactly what Hyde is an upside RB2, someone who could finish in the top ten but likely will finish closer to 20. While he struggled some last week he is going up against a much better defense in the Jets this week, I expect him to get a lot of work but might struggle to put up points.
Duke Johnson has been praised by Hue Jackson this week. Jackson said Johnson needs to get more work. I think that will happen this week as he will likely be on the field more and get more work. This defensive front for the Jets looks good but their secondary is even better, how do you beat a good secondary? Dump offs to the running back in space, and that is exactly what Duke’s game is.
Wide receivers: Jarvis Landry – Start, Antonio Callaway – Start, Rashard Higgins – Sit
Landry is currently questionable but will likely play Thursday night. Depending on how serious his knee injury is I could see it affecting his efficiency some in this game. He will still get a bulk of the targets and so should still produce as usual in PPR formats.
Antonio Callaway showed us a glimpse of what could be a bright future for him in Cleveland. One of the reasons the Browns had to be ok with letting Gordon go is because of how much they believe in Callaway. He has the talent and skill to be a legitimate top wide receiver. Getting targets will be the big question here. Will he get them? I think he will likely get 6-7 every week. He showed against the Saints it only takes one to make his day and yours.
Tight end: David Njoku – Start
David Njoku has disappointed the past two weeks and I know you must be thinking to start him again you must be off your rocker. I’m not. My thinking here is this, Gordon is gone so that frees up his targets. Add in that Njoku is a physical freak and one of the most intriguing tight ends in the game, eventually, they have to realize how to use this guy, right?
Cleveland Browns Defense – Start
I’m a believer after that New Orleans Saints game. I said I needed to see it again and they did it and this was without multiple top players and Myles Garrett having an off game. Cleveland has shut down two potent offenses and I think could be worth a start almost every week.
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