These two teams come into Week 2 both dragging losses around their neck. The Bengals had a heartbreaking loss against the Chargers, as rookie and No. 1 pick Joe Burrow led his team down for a game-winning touchdown to A.J. Green that was reversed by an OPI call and then kicker Randy Bullock missed a 31-yard field goal to tie the game. The good news is that Burrow sure looked like he was built for the comeback.
The Browns were stomped by the Ravens as Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. once again had trouble connecting. Both offenses will get easier matchups this week while the Browns defense gets a much easier matchup.
The Browns are favored by 6 points, with a 43.5 over/under, which makes sense based on personnel, but this game could come down to the wire if the Browns can’t get their offense going this week,
Below, we’ll take a look at who to start and sit in a regular 12-team .5 PPR league.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
Green was Joe Burrow’s top target and came this close to catching the game winning touchdown last week. The Chargers secondary is good and we can understand Burrow’s down statistical game in his debut, but he showed enough to give me confidence n his ability to get the ball to his playmakers.
Nick Chubb, RB, Browns
The team is likely going to get Chubb more involved this week after Kareem Hunt had more work than him against the Ravens. Hunt isn’t going away, but the Ravens blew them out and their RB usage was likely skewed. I expect the Browns will do their best to establish the run, which they should be able to do against the Bengals. Add in the fact that Geno Atkins is out this week, and both Chubb and Hunt are must starts.
Austin Hooper, TE, Browns
Hooper gets a boost with David Njoku out, but it was telling that so many Browns tight ends saw work last Sunday. Hooper only saw two targets despite playing starter’s snaps while Njoku and Hunter Bryant were also involved. Bryant should see an uptick in snaps and I don’t think I can trust Hooper until I see him top at least five targets.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns
This is a good matchup for Mayfield, especially considering he faced the Ravens last week, but I expect a run oriented offense out of Cleveland this week. But more so, I need to see Mayfield get on track before I invest any fantasy capital in starting him.