Week 14 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Ravens vs Browns
By Larry Rupp
An important AFC north battle is set to take place in Week 14 as the Baltimore Ravens travel to take on the Cleveland Browns. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Browns slated as 2.5-point home favorites in a game that is filled with playmakers on both sides of the football.
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 14 clash.
Devonta Freeman Fantasy
Start Devonta Freeman, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Running back Devonta freeman has transformed into an every-week FLEX option across all fantasy football formats. The eighth-year pro has scored a touchdown in five of his last seven games played and ranks as the No. 15 RB in PPR scoring leagues during that span. He is a lock to see double-digit carries on a Baltimore offense that is facing a middle-of-the-pack Browns' run defense. Keep in mind Cleveland has given up 12 total touchdowns to opposing RBs this season (8 rushing & 4 receiving). Freeman has RB2 upside once again on Sunday and is a great player to start.
Nick Chubb Fantasy
Start Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns: Fantasy managers should not be deterred after running back Nick Chubb racked up only 39 total yards against this Baltimore team two weeks ago. The two-time Pro Bowler has had a bye week to get fully healthy and ready to is reportedly ready return to his workhorse role. Chubb is averaging a league-leading 5.8 yards per rushing attempt this season and has been getting more involved in the passing game as of late (4 targets in Week 12). The Browns are on the cusp of playoff contention and know the importance of this game. Look for the offense to lean on Chubb in order to grab a victory.
Sammy Watkins Fantasy
Sit Sammy Watkins, WR, Baltimore Ravens: A receiving touchdown in Week 13 should not lead fantasy managers to starting wide receiver Sammy Watkins this week. The veteran pass-catcher has failed to top 50 receiving yards in any game since Week 3 and has played in under 50% of the offensive snaps over the last two weeks. He is losing playing time to rookie Rashod Bateman and draws a tough matchup in Week 14. The Browns have given up the 10th-fewest receiving yards to opposing WRs as well as just 12.8 yards per reception. Watkins is merely a depth player to keep stashed on the bench for now.
Baker Mayfield Fantasy
Sit Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns: Streaming quarterbacks comes down to matchups, but that doesn't mean starting Baker Mayfield this week is a good idea. Yes, the Ravens are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. However, Mayfield has not been the same ever since suffering a shoulder injury earlier this year. In fact, he has thrown for under 250 yards in each of his last six games. The fourth-year pro finished as the QB20 in fantasy scoring facing this Ravens' defense in Week 12. His output should be very similar on Sunday, making him a low-end QB2.
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