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What to do with Baker Mayfield in Week 2 fantasy football

Can Mayfield bounce back from a disappointing Week 1 performance and redeem himself in Week 2?

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throws from the pocket during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Those who started Baker Mayfield in Week 1 were likely disappointed, as he didn’t even manage to reach double digit scoring in ESPN standard leagues. Mayfield and the Browns were no match for a staunch Raven’s defense. While Week 2 brings a slightly easier opponent. We discuss the fantasy implications below.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Browns QB Baker Mayfield

Week 1 saw Baker Mayfield complete 21 of 39 passes for one touchdown and one interception on his way to a measly 9.86 fantasy points. This point total was the third lowest of all starting QBs in Week 1. The Ravens are certainly a tough opponent, but Mayfield owners had likely hoped the high scoring Ravens offense would lead to a Browns offense that passed early and often. Mayfield is certainly not devoid of talented offensive weapons, as he had Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt at his disposal. However, Mayfield and his offense were only able to manage six points on the day. The lone touchdown was a pass to David Njoku, who popped up with a knee injury and has since been placed on IR.

The Bengals allowed only 207 passing yards to the Chargers in Week 1, while forcing two turnovers. In Mayfield’s last match-up with the Bengals in December of 2019, Mayfield threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns. He also forfeited three interceptions, was sacked 6 times, and lost a fumble. Given Mayfield’s recent history with Cincinnati in combination with his Week 1 performance and the inability of the Browns’ offense to make a coordinated effort, there are likely better options out there in standard fantasy leagues.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit Baker Mayfield in Week 2.