Fantasy Focus: Cleveland Browns Start or Sit Week 9

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Baker Mayfield
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Week 8 for fantasy went ok for some Browns players. It didn’t go well for David Njoku or the Browns as a whole. They have a good matchup against a Chiefs defense that has been giving up points.

Match that with the fact that Kansas City has been one of the most high powered offenses this year, and the Browns will have to come out firing to keep up. Freddie Kitchens is the new offensive coordinator, promoted from being the running backs coach. He comes from the tree of Bruce Arians who is an offensive genius.

All that being said we don’t know at this time what kind of game he will call, will Duke Johnson Jr. finally get some run? Will Njoku go back to being a primary target? How many downfield shots will they take? All these questions will be answered Sunday, let’s hope its all good news for the Browns and our fantasy players.

Quarterback: Baker Mayfield – Start

Baker Mayfield finishes with 15 points last week which placed him in QB2 territory. He has continued to come through for fantasy and is worth starting every week at this point. As I touched on in the opening the Chiefs have been getting torched in the passing game this year. They haven’t finished higher than 29 against the pass this year. While Baker may not have a ton of weapons around him he has some very talented ones. He should be able to hit them and score some touchdowns.

Running backs: Nick Chubb – Start, Duke Johnson Jr. – Sit

Nick Chubb should get the ball a lot here in this game. Kitchens comes from the Arians tree which usually means establish the run and use the play action pass. The Chiefs have consistently finished in the low 20’s all season against the run, only finishing once in the top 10. Meaning they can be run on, and I expect Chubb to do so. The big question for Chubb in the game will be, does he get many passes?

Duke for me is still a sit. Kitchens has come out and talked about how he wants to use Duke more. Until we see I just don’t see how you can trust using him.

Wide receivers: Jarvis Landry – Start, Antonio Callaway – Start, Damion Ratley – Sit, Breshad Perriman – Sit 

Jarvis Landry is a must-start every week, while he only got seven points last week he is still the focal point of this offense and the number one read. If the play action is effective he should get a couple shots and this pass defense is beatable.

Antonio Callaway came through with the best day last week getting 12 points thanks to the touchdown. As I stated last week it only takes one play with him and he showed it. For me he is an upside play again this week, he is starting to build confidence. Again much like with Landry if they can use the play action effectively, Callaway has the speed to leave frozen defensive players in his dust. I expect a big play touchdown from him this week.

Damion Ratley is a sit for me this week. I don’t think he will have much success out of the slot this week and he will likely be the last option on most plays. However, if your feeling lucky you could play him in deep leagues as I think he could make a big play happen.

Tight end: David Njoku – Start, Seth DeValve – Sit

Njoku gave you a big goose egg last week, and that may have been one of the most surprising things that happened last week. I don’t expect that to happen again here. He is their biggest and most athletic option, I believe Kitchens will get him involved early and often. Plus let’s be honest here the tight end position in fantasy right now is just god awful, you likely don’t have a better option.

Cleveland Browns defense – Sit

Kansas City has one of the most powerful and explosive offenses in the NFL at the moment. Add in the fact that they have been getting gashed against the run, and one of the better backs is coming to play them. They need to be sat this week, even though i hope they shut them down.

Stay tuned in to Full Press Coverage all year long for all of your Cleveland Browns news and fantasy. If you have any questions please hit me up on twitter @SportsfanaticMB

Good luck to everyone in their fantasy match-ups this week as we are closing in on the playoffs, and as always Go Browns!

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