The Dallas Cowboys will host the Cleveland Browns in a pivotal matchup Sunday between two star-studded and buzzworthy yet flawed teams. The Cowboys found themselves in a scoring bonanza in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. However, unlike their epic comeback to top the Falcons in Week 2, Dallas fell short against Russell Wilson and Co., 38-31. The Cowboys’ offense is averaging nearly 30 points per game, but they sit at 1-2 thanks to the fact that their defense is allowing 32 per.
The Cleveland Browns have rebounded from their Week 1 shellacking by the Baltimore Ravens and are now 2-1. They have notched victories against a couple of winless teams — the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Football Team — but that’s still progress. They posted a season-high 34 points against Washington in Week 3.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 4
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Browns: 10th vs. Pass, 10th vs. Rush
Cowboys: 24th vs. Pass, 15th vs. Rush
Browns: +4.5, +190
Cowboys: -4.5, -225
OUT: DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), LB Tae Davis (elbow), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: G Joel Bitonio (back), C Nick Harris (illness), RB Kareem Hunt (groin), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (abdomen), CB Denzel Ward (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Trevon Diggs (shoulder, knee), T Tyron Smith (neck)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver, $5,800
You’re probably not happy with Beckham’s production thus far — 11 catches for 155 yards and one touchdown in three games. But it’s kind of working for the Browns, who have put up 69 total points over the past two weeks with quarterback Baker Mayfield throwing just 23 passes in each game. Given Dallas’ offensive firepower, he may be forced to go to the air more often, meaning Beckham is still a high-upside WR3 at worst.
Kareem Hunt, Running Back, $6,200
Hunt may be getting the minority share of the snaps and touches in Cleveland’s backfield, but he is by no means cheap in daily contests given his usage and touchdown prowess. He has scored three times in the past two weeks and is averaging close to 17 fantasy points per game. Even with Nick Chubb healthy, Hunt has to remain in lineups as a useful RB2 for this possible shootout.
CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, $5,400
Lamb trailed Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and, surprisingly, Cedrick Wilson in targets in Week 3. But it’s not like the rookie was a total letdown as he caught five passes for 65 scoreless yards against the Seahawks. And he still played more than double the amount of snaps as Wilson, so his low position in the pecking order was probably a fluke. He remains a high-upside play in PPR formats.
Dalton Schultz, Tight End, $4,300
One week after popping for nine receptions, 88 yards and a TD, Schultz came back to earth versus Seattle, turning in a 4-48-0 line. On the bright side, the Browns have been gashed by tight ends through the first two weeks. Mark Andrews scored twice on them in Week 1, and the Bengals’ TE duo of C.J. Uzomah and Drew Sample combined for 11 catches, 87 yards and a score. He should return good value at his price point.