How will the Cleveland Browns follow up their 49-point outburst against the Cowboys? We’ll find out when they take on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Since a blowout loss to the Ravens in Week 1, the Browns have scored 34 points in each of their past three games, all victories.
The Colts have their own three-game winning streak going, although they have done it in a different fashion. They won a defensive battle against the Bears, 19-11, in Week 4. That defense has held Indianapolis’ opponent to 11 points or fewer in each of the last three weeks.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 11
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Colts: #4 Overall — #24 offense, #1 defense, #4 special teams
Browns: #12 Overall — #9 offense, #17 defense, #27 special teams
Colts: -2, -114
Browns: +2, +100
OUT: T Anthony Castonzo (rib), LB Darius Leonard (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Anthony Walker (ankle)
OUT: LB Tae Davis (elbow), DT Larry Ogunjobi (abdomen), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), S Karl Joseph (hamstring)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Jonathan Taylor, RB, $6,200
Taylor has yet to really explode as fantasy owners were expecting after Marlon Mack suffered a season-ending injury last month. He is still seeing a good amount of volume though, including 18 touches in Week 4. No running backs have surpassed 60 rushing yards against the Browns this season, but Taylor’s workload and talent keeps him in RB1 territory.
Philip Rivers, QB, $5,800
Rivers has yet to throw more than one touchdown in any game this season. But it’s a good bet that he’ll break that streak on Sunday. The Browns have allowed multiple touchdown passes in each of their games, including three scores to Joe Burrow in Week 2 and two TDs to Dwayne Haskins in Week 3. Rivers is worth a look, especially for Aaron Rodgers’ owners who need a one-week replacement.
Kareem Hunt, RB, $6,500
Hunt should definitely see more work while Nick Chubb is on injured reserve with a knee injury. However, he may not take over as a true workhorse; D’Ernest Johnson turned 13 carries into 95 yards versus the Cowboys. Although Hunt has been extremely productive thus far, attaining double-digit fantasy points each week, don’t expect him to take his game to another level versus the Colts’ strong defense.
Jarvis Landry, WR, $5,000
There is hope for Landry here. The Colts have had some leaks against slot receivers this year, most recently allowing the Jets’ Braxton Berrios to post a 4-64-1 line in Week 3. Following Odell Beckham Jr’s huge Week 4 performance, Indy should be diverting extra attention his way and possibly leaving Landry in advantageous one-one-one situations. There are worse ways to spend $5,000 in DFS.