The Cleveland Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals tonight in a surprisingly decent game environment. The Browns are 5.5 favorites and the game total is currently projected to be at 44. While these teams aren’t normally the most excited teams to watch, they both have a ton of eye-catching offensive weapons. Let’s get into our top plays for tonight’s showdown.
Joe Burrow ($10,800 DK/$14,500 FD) – Although star rookie QB Joe Burrow did’t have an outstanding performance in his first game in the NFL, he showed how valuable he could be late in the game. In a close match-up like tonight and both teams coming off of a loss, this is a crucial turning point in the season for each team to win. Joe Burrow should be throwing the ball a ton this game and targeting his top receivers in A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd.
Baker Mayfield ($10,200 DK/$15,000 FD) – Baker Mayfield had a lousy performance in week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. Nothing was clicking for the team on either side of the ball and they will be looking to turn things around in this much easier match-up. We love pairing Mayfield with Odell Beckham Jr. tonight and grabbing some huge upside against this weak Cincinnati team.
Our Top Pick: Baker Mayfield
Joe Mixon ($8,600 DK/$13,000 FD) – Mixon is the clear RB1 in Cincinnati and has been a productive running back in the league for a while. With this new offense headed by Joe Burrow, Mixon is in a much better spot to perform than previous seasons. Although he is a bit expensive for tonight’s slate, rostering him in your lineups is not a bad idea.
Nick Chubb – ($7,600 DK/$13,500 FD) / Kareem Hunt ($7,400 DK/$9,500 FD) – Although these two star RBs split the workload about 50/50 in week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens, the game got extremely out of hand. We expect the Browns to lead/keep the game close for the majority of tonight’s game. That being said, we believe Nick Chubb will be the primary RB in Cleveland when the game-script is neutral or the Browns are leading.
Our Top Pick: Nick Chubb
Odell Beckham Jr. ($8,200 DK/$11,500 FD) – At a shockingly low price tag of $8,200 on DraftKings, we love locking OBJ into most of our lineups tonight at either the captain or flex position. The box score in week 1 does not tell the full story of OBJ’s performance last game. Mayfield missed him on a lot of passes and OBJ drew a ton of key pass interference calls to help his team. Look for OBJ to bounce back against the Bengals.
A.J. Green ($9,000 DK/$11,000 FD) – When Green isn’t hurt, he is a monster on the field. Green’s target share in Cincinnati is pleasing to see and we love the upside this WR1 has. Although, all 3 of the Bengals’ starting WRs are about equally deadly so rostering the correct one is important for tonight’s showdown.
Tyler Boyd ($7,000 DK/$10,000 FD) / Jarvis Landry ($8,000 DK/$10,500 FD) – Boyd and Landry are priced similarly on both sites and we like them both. However, for just $200 more than Landry on DK, we prefer grabbing OBJ here. Both WRs were extremely efficient in receptions per target in week 1 and we expect that to continue in week 2.
Our Top Pick: Odell Beckham Jr.
Austin Hooper ($6,800 DK/$8,000 FD) – Newly acquired tight end Austin Hooper had a very underwhelming week 1. However, with David Njoku landing on the IR, Hooper’s production as the primary pass-catching tight end in Cleveland should go up a ton.
Harrison Bryant ($200 DK/$5,000 FD) – At a price tag of just $200 on DraftKings, Harrison Bryant projects as the top value on tonight’s slate. Although his points per dollar is insanely high, be careful rostering him. Bryant could easily go for 4 fantasy points and smash his value but, that won’t help you take down a tournament. If Bryant can get into the end-zone, he will almost certainly be in the top lineup of the night.
Our Top Pick: Austin Hooper
Summary: Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, OBJ, Tyler Boyd, Austin Hooper