Flacco had a lousy game (18-for-32, 195 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT) against a Bengals’ defense that came into the game ranked 31st in passing yards allowed. He has now thrown for less than 200 yards in three of his past four outings. Nevertheless, the sophomore field general is sixth in the league in completions and 12th in yards. Against the Browns’ 22nd-ranked pass defense, he’s a lower end No. 1 fantasy QB.
Rice is the NFL leader in receiving yards by a RB with 436 and ranks 11th in rushing yards with 573. He had a team-high 8 catches for 87 yards and 12 carries for 48 yards with 1 TD against the Bengals, which followed a nice game (5 catches, 24 receiving yards, 23 carries, 84 rushing yards, 1 TD) against the Broncos. He’s a No. 1 fantasy RB under any metric, but a top-three choice in PPR leagues.
Mason had just 3 catches for 31 yards against the Broncos. It was his worst statistical game of the year. He is just off pace for his eighth 1,000-yard season in nine years. His 4 TDs on the year are good enough for 10th in the league. He’s a solid low-end No. 2 against the Browns, whom he smoked for 118 yards and a TD on 5 catches in Week 3.
Heap was held to 3 catches for 38 yards against Bengals, With 30 catches (12th among TEs), Heap is still on pace to have 60, which makes him a viable lower-tier fantasy TE. He’s not great, but you know he’s at least good for a few catches.
Hauschka had a rough afternoon against the Bengals, going 0-for-1 on a huge a 38-yarder in the fourth quarter. He is thought of as a decent kicker, but doesn’t rate in the high end of fantasy kickers with a surprisingly low 8-for-11 on the year.
Ranking 12th in the league in YPG and ninth in PPG, the Baltimore defense was disappointing in their loss to the Bengals. They surrendered 17 points and 369 total yards while registering just a single sack and forcing a fumble. They’re a low-end No. 1/high-end No. 2 fantasy unit in general, but a solid start against the impotent Browns attack that’s average a league-worst 9.8 points per game.
Oh joy, this game again. Coach Mangini hasn’t announced a starting QB. But neither Quinn nor Anderson merits a start under any circumstances. Combined, the two Browns QBs have 3 TD and 12 INT on the year. So, yeah, stay away.
Lewis had 16 carries for 69 yards during the Browns’ demoralizing 30-6 loss to the Bears. He’s had one good game this year and hasn’t gotten into the end zone. He is not an advisable start, even against a Ravens’ run defense that got busted up by Cedric Benson to the tune of 117 yards.
Massaquoi had only 2 catches for 28 yards against the Bears before the bye. He was a popular waiver wire pickup after exploding onto the scene with that 8-catch, 148-yard performance in Week 4. He’s the No. 1 WR on the hapless Browns … but a No. 3 fantasy WR and an inadvisable start.
Running the dangerous Cribbs out of the Wildcat might be the only effective weapon the Browns have got. He had 6 carries for 26 yards against Chicago and 1 catch for 23 yards. He is the most exciting player on this team but has had trouble working his way towards fantasy relevance.
Last in the league in YPG and 28th in PPG, the Browns are a poor option under any circumstances. Their only value is derived from the excellence of Cribbs as a return man, perhaps the Browns’ best chance at getting in the end zone this week.