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Best value lineup strategy for Bengals vs. Browns on TNF

The Browns host the Bengals on Thursday Night Football. Who will shine in this week’s DK Showdown?

Bengals running back Joe Mixon reacts with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross after a play against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals matchup on Thursday Night Football. This matchup has two Heisman trophy winners going head-to-head, as Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow lead their respective teams.

The bulk of tonight’ sfantasy points are going to go to the likes of Burrow, Mayfield, A.J. Green, Nick Chubb, Joe Mixon, Kareem Hunt, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. The question is, who are those one or two players further down the radar that will become critical in this game and help you roster more studs in the DK Showdown?

Austin Hooper, TE, Browns, $6,800

Hooper was the lead tight end last week against the Ravens, but David Njoku was the most productive tight end. The good news for Hooper this week is that Njoku is out and they get a much easier matchup against the Bengals. His price isn’t super cheap, but he should be in a much better situation this week.

John Ross, WR, Bengals, $5,200

There’s not much good to say about Ross’ Week 1, as he had a drop and couldn’t make a contested catch in the end zone against the Chargers. The good news is that he did see five targets, including a deep shot in the end zone, and has the speed to take the top off a defense. He’s going to continue to be a high risk/reward receiver, but he does get a much better matchup this week.

C.J. Uzomah, TE, Bengals, $5,000

Uzomah was the no-doubt starting tight end for the Bengals and ended up catching 4-of-5 targets for 45 yards. It’s not a big workload, but if he had caught his end zone target, we’d be looking at a much better fantasy start for the Bengals starting tight end. And like all of these players, he gets a little easier matchup this week.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals, $3,000

Bernard also saw five targets, as he cut into Joe Mixon’s receiving work yet again. His usage is too low to count on in cash games. but like Uzomah, four receptions, yardage and a touchdown would be worth his price in a GPP.