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What to do with Browns D/ST in Week 3 fantasy football

The Browns take on The Washington Football team this week. Is starting their defense a good play?

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The Cleveland Browns are coming off their first win of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals. They got the win, but they allowed 30 points and over 300 passing yards to rookie QB Joe Burrow. This week they’re back home and welcome the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Football analysis: Browns D/ST

The Browns have yet to hold a team under 30 points this season. While it’s true they played one of the most potent offenses in the league, the Baltimore Ravens, in week one, they didn’t do much better against the Bengals in week two.

The good thing about the Browns defense is that it’s able to stop the run pretty effectively. Through two weeks they’re only allowing 89.5 yards per game. The bad thing is that they’re one of the worst in the league against the pass and haven’t gotten an INT on the season either.

This does play into their hand, as Washington has the second worst passing offense in the NFL in terms of yards per game., but don’t expect Cleveland to force Washington QB Dwayne Haskins into a multiple INT day, as he’s been very careful with the ball so far.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Cleveland’s ground defense is it’s biggest strength and has held opponents in check through two weeks. In the air, their defense is suspect at best. The good news is Washington’s passing attack is equally as pedestrian. The Browns kicking game had a ton of issues week one, but the team has since brought in Cody Parkey and he’s been doing well though one week of action.

Playing the Browns defense/ST here is a risk, because of the high point totals they’ve given up both weeks. Plus a bad pass defense always has the chance to make average QB’s look elite. For that reason, I’d sit them this week.