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Week 8 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Steelers vs Browns

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns Week 8 matchup, including Diontae Johnson, Jarvis Landry and Najee Harris.
Fantasy football picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns Week 8 matchup, including Diontae Johnson, Jarvis Landry and Najee Harris. / Joe Sargent/GettyImages
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A couple of AFC North rivals go head-to-head in Week 7 as the Pittsburgh Steelers go on the road to take on the Cleveland Browns. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Browns slated as 3.5 point home favorites in a game that could easily be decided in the fourth quarter.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 8 AFC North showdown.

Diontae Johnson Fantasy

Start Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Wide receiver Diontae Johnson has had no problem taking on the top receiving role in Pittsburgh. The third-year pro has seen double-digit targets and racked up over 70 receiving yards in four of his five games played. He has also played in 92% of the offensive snaps over the last three weeks. Cleveland ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to covering wideouts and has given up 9 receiving touchdowns to the position this season. That ties for the sixth-highest mark in the NFL. Johnson should be started every week from now on.

Jarvis Landry Fantasy

Start Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns: It may not have looked like the best return game for Jarvis Landry, but there was more than meets the eye in his Week 7 performance. Landry played for the first time since Week 2 and hauled in 5 of his team-high 8 targets for 37 yards. More importantly, he played in 54% of the offensive snaps. While Landry's status for this week is in question due to a knee injury, he is a great FLEX option if he suits up. Pittsburgh is giving up the fourth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs this season, which includes 9 receiving touchdowns.

Najee Harris Fantasy

Sit Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Fantasy managers rostering Najee Harris are not likely going to sit him this week. He is a name to avoid on the daily fantasy market, though. The Browns have been stellar against the run this season and have posted the third-best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL. Overall, Cleveland is giving up just 80.4 rushing yards per game (No. 2 in NFL) on an average of 3.5 yards per carry (No. 2 in NFL). Harris is a lock to see double-digit carries, but it could be a long day for the rookie out of Alabama. Temper expectations for Harris in Week 8.

Baker Mayfield/Case Keenum Fantasy

Sit Baker Mayfield/Case Keenum, QB, Cleveland Browns: It is not yet known whether starter Baker Mayfield will be ready to go in time to play on Sunday. No matter what, neither him nor backup Case Keenum is worth a start this week. Mayfield has tossed just 6 touchdowns across his six starts this season and has thrown for under 250 yards in a game four different times. Meanwhile, Keenum was a game manager more than anything in Week 7 completing 21 of his 33 pass attempts for 199 yards and 1 touchdown. Look for the Browns to lean on a strong rushing attack once again given they are averaging a league-leading 170.4 rushing yards per game.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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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