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How to watch, what to watch for Raiders vs. Browns in Week 8

The Raiders and Browns face off in Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season. We break down how to watch the game, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.

Offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark #62 of the Indianapolis Colts ties to stop defensive end Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns pulled off a spectacular comeback win against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6 and will take on on a 3-3 Las Vegas Raiders team that’s exceeded expectations so far in Week 7.

Baker Mayfield had the game of his life and threw for 297 yards and five scores with one pick against the Bengals despite Odell Beckham Jr. leaving the game with a torn ACL on the opening drive. He threw touchdown passes to four different players and none of them were Jarvis Landry. Mayfield could continue to use all his options through the air agains the Raiders’ middling offense.

Las Vegas followed up its upset victory against the Chiefs by getting blown out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7. Josh Jacobs was swallowed alive by the best run defense in the NFL his last time out and will now face a Brown team that’s given up the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game this season. Cleveland’s pass defense is a different story though, so Carr could have a big day throwing the football.

TV Info

Date: Sunday, Nov. 1
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Channel: FOX
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Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)

Raiders: #23 Overall — #9 offense, #31 defense, #22 special teams
Browns: #22 Overall — #15 offense, #24 defense, #29 special teams

DraftKings Sportsbook odds

Raiders: +2.5 +140
Browns: -2.5, -159
Total: 53

Fantasy football start/sit advice

Raiders

Derek Carr, QB, $5,500

Carr’s DKFP averages are nearly identical to Mayfield’s but he’s $600 cheaper. He threw for 347 yards against and three scores against the Chiefs squad that’s barely giving up 20 points per game not long ago. If Jacobs is bottled up by Myles Garrett and company Carr could look to stretch the field more than usual.

Darren Waller, TE, $5,600

Waller has the third-highest DKFP average among tight ends in the main slate and is up against a bottom-five pass defense. He leads Las Vegas in receptions (40) and receiving yards. Only Travis Kelce has more targets at tight end, so this is a dream matchup for Carr’s go-to guy.

Browns

Baker Mayfield, QB, $6,100

The Raiders rank 27th on defense against quarterbacks on DraftKings. While the loss of OBJ is nothing minor, Mayfield has been able to build confidence throwing to other targets. I still expect the Browns to be a run-first team but it’ll be hard to pivot from Mayfield’s arm after seeing what he has able to do against Cincinnati. He’ll likely get a bump in ownership but should still be a quality variance play.

Kareem Hunt, RB, $6,900

Las Vegas is even worse at defending running backs than quarterbacks. Only one team has given up more DKFP to running backs this season. Hunt rushed for 76 yards on 18 carries in Week 6 while also catching three passes for 26 yard and a score. He’s tallied at least 16 touches in three straight games and will continue to be highly involved while Nick Chubb is on the IR.