On Sunday, the Redskins will take on the Browns. Which players do you want on your fantasy team? Read on and find out.
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Over the offseason, the Redskins were able to sign Josh Norman who is one of the NFL’s best cover corners. For some reason, over the first 2 weeks they chose to leave him on the left side of the field. As a result, opposing teams could move their best receiver away from Norman and free him up to attack Bashaud Breeland. Last week against the Giants, Norman covered Odell Beckham Jr. and got burned repeatedly. The Browns don’t have an OBJ, but Terrelle Pryor had quite the game last week. With the recent news about Josh Gordon, he is worth a “why not?” flex play due to his crazy athleticism giving defense’s nightmares all over the field. If he is still on your waiver wire, he is a must-add knowing that Gordon may not be available anytime soon. (or ever)Cody Kessler didn’t look terrible last week, but I’d still hold off until we get a better sample size of his work before we go starting him. Kessler is accurate on short and intermediate throws, and could be a decent game-manager going forward.
The Redskins have been pretty bad against the run thus far. They rank 24th in rushing yards per game allowed, and have allowed the most rushing scores (7) in the NFL this season. They even made the uninspiring combo of Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen look good. Start the Crow this week with confidence as he is getting a ton of carries (15 per game at 6.1 yards per clip) this season under new coach Hue Jackson. Tight ends have had success against this team, and with Gary Barnidge looking like a much better tight end without RGIII I would go ahead and start him as well. Duke Johnson finally got more carries (10 last week) and had a nice outing with those. He’s a low-end flex play in PPR formats for now.
Players to start for the Browns:
- Isaiah Crowell
- Gary Barnidge
- Terrelle Pryor (Flex)
- Duke Johnson (PPR Flex)
Players to sit for the Browns:
- Can the Redskins game-plan to stop the run so that they can put opponents in more predictable passing situations?
Despite an 0-3 start, the Cleveland Browns are only allowing 3.9 yards per carry. Matt Jones is averaging 4.05 yards per carry on about 12 carries per game. This isn’t a huge workload, but I would expect him to have more carries this week with a better game script. (Washington is favored by 7.5 points) You can hope for a touchdown and extra garbage time yardage, but the Brown’s weakness is in the secondary which has been drummed to the tune of almost 300 yards per game through the air. Kirk Cousins is a must-start this week, along with his favorite target, tight end Jordan Reed. DeSean Jackson has quietly been having a strong season thus far, and I would play him as a borderline WR1/WR2 this week with the upside to go nuclear.
Chris Thompson has been underwhelming in his role as a receiving back thus far despite the average play of Matt Jones. Keep him on the bench unless he starts to earn more offensive looks.
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of 2016 for Washington has been the great play of slot receiver Jamison Crowder. As long as he is hot, keep starting him as a WR2/flex. This week is no exception.
Players to start for the Redskins:
- Kirk Cousins
- Jordan Reed
- DeSean Jackson.
- Matt Jones (Flex)
- Jamison Crowder
Players to sit for the Redskins:
- Can the Browns continue to make strides against the run and establish an identity there?