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Week 2 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Texans vs Browns

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Texans vs Browns Week 2 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Texans vs Browns Week 2 matchup. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Houston Texans will be aiming for two upset wins in a row when they go on the road to take on the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has Cleveland as a 12.5-point home favorite, which means this one could get out of hand quickly.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this AFC Week 2 clash.

Brandin Cooks Fantasy

Start Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans: Wide receiver Brandin Cooks sticks out as a bright spot on this Texans' offense. He led the team with 7 targets in Week 1, ending the game with 5 catches for a whopping 132 yards. It was clear that quarterback Tyrod Taylor loved throwing the ball Cooks' way. He draws a great matchup in Week 2 facing a Browns' defense that allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing WRs in 2020. Cleveland had no answer for defending the pass last weekend giving up 324 yards through the air. If Houston wants any shot of staying in this game, they will feed Cooks the ball as much as possible.

Kareem Hunt Fantasy

Start Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns: Running back Kareem Hunt may have only seen 6 carries in Week 1, but he did get into the end zone and haul in 3 passes as well. His versatility gives him a boost in PPR scoring leagues. The fifth-year pro now gets to run against a Texans' defense that gave up a league-high 160.2 rushing yards per game in 2020 and posted the fourth-worst rush defense DVOA rating overall. With a spread set at 12.5 points, the Browns should lean on the running game during the second half in order to drain time off the clock. Hunt should be in for a big performance.

Mark Ingram Fantasy

Sit Mark Ingram, RB, Houston Texans: One of the biggest surprises in Week 1 was the workload given to running back Mark Ingram. The veteran ball-carrier saw 26 carries for just the third time in his career. However, that doesn't make him an immediate starter in fantasy football. The Browns gave up the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs last season (15.94 average) as well as just 3.2 yards per carry (T-No. 6 in NFL). The Texans will be forced to throw the ball a ton in this game playing from behind. Plus, while Ingram dominated the touches, the snap count painted a very different picture. Ingram played just 46% of the snaps, compared to 28% for David Johnson and 26% for Phillip Lindsay. It would be smart to keep Ingram on the bench in Week 2.

Austin Hooper Fantasy

Sit Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns: Sitting Austin Hooper this week has a lot more to do with tight end David Njoku than it does the Texans defense. Njoku saw 5 targets in Week 1 compared to Hooper's 3 and showcased an ability to break tackles in the open field. Both players also played in over 55% of the offensive snaps. The Browns are clearly going to work in a lot of two-tight end sets, but this hurts Hooper from a fantasy football perspective. He isn't going to see enough targets to warrant being started in Week 2. Hooper is simply a TE2 for now.

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