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Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit' Em for Bengals vs Browns

Max Staley
Joe Burrow will make his second NFL start in Week 2.
Joe Burrow will make his second NFL start in Week 2. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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The first action of Week 2 will bring us a matchup between two 0-1 squads. The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Cleveland Browns in a surprisingly intriguing AFC North showdown. Cleveland is currently a 6.5-point home favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you're looking for some fantasy help in this matchup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 2 clash.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green is clearly the No. 1 wide receiver on this team, even after missing the entire 2019 campaign. His 9 targets in Week 1 were more than any player on the team, as C.J. Uzomah, Giovanni Bernard, Tyler Boyd and John Ross were all tied for second with just 5 targets. Green didn't do all that much against a stingy Los Angeles Chargers defense (5 catches 51 yards), but that could change in Week 2 thanks to the soft matchup against Cleveland.

Start Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns: Kareem Hunt is more than just a thorn in Nick Chubb's side. In fact, in the nine games that the two have played together, Hunt has actually outscored Chubb seven times (PPR formats). Hunt is the clear favorite on passing downs (6 targets to 1 in Week 1) and he even played one more snap than Chubb did last week. Part of that could've been due to gameflow, but Hunt is absolutely worth starting this Week, particularly in PPR formats.

Sit Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: As mentioned above, Boyd didn't see much volume in Week 1. He only saw 5 targets, which was the same as Bernard, Uzomah and Ross. That suggests Boyd's grasp on the No. 2 job might not be nearly as firm as we thought it was. It doesn't seem like he's worth starting until he proves otherwise.

Sit Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns: Austin Hooper's Week 1 volume was really concerning. He was always going to be fighting an uphill battle for targets, competing with the likes of Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt and David Njoku. While Njoku is on IR, Hooper still appears to be firmly behind the other members of the group, seeing just 2 targets in Week 2 while everyone else saw at least 6.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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