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It has been a weird start to the season for the Browns. They got blown out at home to start the season, beat the Jets, and then lost to the Rams. Expectations were really high for this Browns team, and they have not lived up to expectations. They face another tough test this week against the Ravens. The Ravens have exceeded expectations for this season, as Lamar Jackson has been incredible and the defense remains one of the best in the league. This will be a tough test for both teams, and could be very important to the playoff race. These are the top two teams in the AFC North, and they will be fighting for the top spot for the rest of the season. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens matchup page.
Date: Sunday, September 29th, 2019
Time: 1:00 ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD
Cleveland Browns: WR Odell Beckham (P) – Hip, G Joel Bitonio (Q) – Abdomen, S Morgan Burnett (Q) – Quad, WR Rashard Higgins (Q) – Knee, T Chris Hubbard (Q) – Foot, S Damarious Randall (Q) – Concussion, K Austin Seibert (P) – Hip, CB Denzel Ward (Q) – Hamstring, CB Greedy Williams (Q) – Hamstring, LB Christian Kirksey (IR) – Chest, TE David Njoku (IR) – Wrist
Baltimore Ravens: TE Mark Andrews (Q) – Foot, CB Jimmy Smith (O) – Knee, CB Marlon Humphrey (Q) – Hip
Cleveland Browns Analysis
After a strong rookie season, Baker Mayfield has underperformed for the Browns to start the season. He has already thrown 5 interceptions and has not been consistent on offense. This is a major concern for the Browns, as their receiving corps have improved since last season, but Mayfield seems to have regressed. He will not have it any easier against this tough Ravens defense.
The receivers for the Browns have been okay for the Browns. Both Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry have not had consistent production yet, even though they are both receiving a steady supply of targets. Aside from Beckham’s 161 yard performance against the Jets, both receivers have been relatively quiet. In week 1, Beckham had 71 yards and in week 2, he had 56 yards. These numbers are incredibly disappointing for one of the league’s top receivers. Additionally, Jarvis Landry has not been impressive either. In the first three games, Landry 10 receptions for 161 yards on 23 targets. With the amount of targets Landry has been getting, he should be putting up much better numbers. He is in a great position to have a breakout game sometime soon. The Browns offense has incredible potential that they have not really shown yet. They have scored 16.3 PPG, which is not good at all. Once this offense starts clicking, Beckham and Landry will be having big games almost every week.
Cleveland Browns Depth Chart
Baltimore Ravens Analysis
Even after losing to the Chiefs, the Ravens are still one of the best teams in the league. Their offense and defense together is a dangerous combination. Lamar Jackson has been extremely impressive this season. He is tearing up defenses and should continue that against the Browns. Mark Ingram has also been very impressive at running back. He is having consistently good games and has a good matchup against the Browns, who have allowed 102 rush YPG.
A big storyline is the emergence of tight end Mark Andrews. After scoring 20+ PPR fantasy points in the first two games. However, last game, Andrews only hauled in 3 catches for 15 yards. Before this game, Andrews was looking like a steal at TE, but that may not be the case anymore. He was dealing with a foot injury entering the week 3 contest, and he is still dealing with that injury. While his injury is something to keep track of, his snap count in the Ravens offense is also of concern for fantasy football players. In week 1, Andrews only played 42% of snaps and in weeks 2 and 3, he only played 53% of snaps. While Andrews has shown that he can still put up solid production with a limited snap count, it is something to keep an eye on. Last week, Nick Boyle had 4 receptions for 58 yards, which took receptions away from Andrews. While Andrews is still a top fantasy tight end, it is important to track his injury and targets from week to week.
Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Receivers Do Well
I really like both Odell Beckahm (DK: $7,300, FD: $7,900) and Jarvis Landry (DK: $5,100, FD: $6,200) in this matchup against the Ravens. Honestly, Beckham may not be worth his salary, but Jarvis Landry is a steal. In the first three weeks, both receivers have gotten a similar number of targets, so their production could be very similar this game. I also like Marquise Brown (DK: $5,800, FD: $5,700) for this game. The Browns have allowed three 100-yard receivers this season, and as the Ravens top receiver, Brown could easily get 100 yards and a touchdown. I do not like Nick Chubb (DK: $6,400, FD: $7,300) for this game for several reasons. He has not had a 100-yard game yet and has a very tough matchup against the Ravens. The Browns will most likely try to attack this Ravens defense through the air, so the receivers are a safe bet.