Week 9 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Browns vs Bengals

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 9 matchup, including Joe Burrow, Jarvis Landry and Joe Mixon.
Fantasy football picks for the Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 9 matchup, including Joe Burrow, Jarvis Landry and Joe Mixon. / Rob Carr/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Bengals will look to rebound from a tough loss when they host the Cleveland Browns in Week 9 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Bengals slated as narrow 2.5-point home favorites in a matchup that is sure to have fantasy football implications.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 9 AFC North clash.

Jarvis Landry Fantasy

Start Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns: Other than running back Nick Chubb, wide receiver Jarvis Landry is just about the only other player on this offense worth a start in Week 9. The veteran pass-catcher has seen 18 targets over the last two weeks and turned them into 10 receptions for 102 yards. Although he has yet to score a touchdown, Landry leads all Cleveland receivers with 2 red zone looks during that same time span. The Bengals' defense has been underrated this season, but Cincinnati is giving up the 10th-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. Fantasy managers can feel comfortable sliding Landry into the FLEX spot this week.

Joe Burrow Fantasy

Start Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Starting quarterbacks that are facing the Browns has been a great strategy in fantasy football this season. Cleveland is giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to the position and has posted the eighth-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL. Joe Burrow has thrown for multiple touchdowns in every game this season and currently ranks as the QB8 in fantasy scoring. His consistency has been stellar and he should be able to keep it going against a Browns' defense that has allowed 17 passing touchdowns this year (T-No. 29 in NFL). Burrow is a lock to post QB1 numbers again in Week 9.

D'Ernest Johnson Fantasy

Sit D'Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns: Some fantasy managers were expecting D'Ernest Johnson to take on the Kareem Hunt role behind starter Nick Chubb in Week 8. However, the third-year pro played in just 31% of the offensive snaps and gained 29 yards on five touches. He didn't make an impact in the passing attack and a touchdown saved what was otherwise a disappointing fantasy performance. With Hunt's return inching closer, Johnson is set to see his role decrease in the coming weeks and is merely a handcuff option at this point. The Bengals do present a favorable matchup. That simply benefits Chubb more than anyone, though.

Joe Mixon Fantasy

Sit Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Running back Joe Mixon is not going to see the bench in many fantasy leagues this week, yet there's an argument to be made that he is a name to avoid in the daily market. The Browns have been tough against the run this season giving up just 84.8 yards on the ground per game (No. 3 in NFL) on an average of 3.5 yards per carry (T-No. 1 in NFL). Mixon has also seen a decreased workload over the last two weeks, averaging 13.0 carries per game. This doesn't look like the matchup in which Mixon explodes for a big game as the Browns have posted the third-best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL.

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