Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots Matchup Preview 10/27/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Patriots have the best record in the NFL right now. They are 7-0 and appear to be the best team in the NFL. The only concern for the Patriots is that they have not played many good teams. In their only game against a team with a winning record (the Bills), the Patriots struggled. They have not faced good competition so far. Against the Browns, they face solid competition. While the Browns are not the best team in the NFL, their offense has shown that they can be dynamic and they pose a challenge for the Patriots. While the Patriots are still expected to win this game by 13 points, the Browns will give the Patriots one of their tougher tests of the season. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots matchup page.
Date: Sunday, October 27th, 2019
Time: 4:25 ET
Location: Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA
Cleveland Browns: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (Q) – Groin, T Kendall Lamm (Q) – Knee, QB Baker Mayfield (Q) – Hip, S Damarious Randall (O) – Hamstring, CB Denzel Ward (Q) – Hamstring, CB Greedy Williams (Q) – Hamstring, DE Myles Garrett (Q) – Knee
New England Patriots: TE Ryan Izzo (O) – Concussion, TE Matt LaCosse (O) – Knee, G Shaq Mason (Q) – Ankle, RB Rex Burkhead (Q) – Foot, S Patrick Chung (Q) – Heel/Chest, WR Julian Edelman (Q) – Chest, Gunner Olszewski (Q) – Ankle/Hamstring, WR Josh Gordon (IR) – Knee
Cleveland Browns Analysis
The Browns offense has been disappointing this season. Baker Mayfield leads the league in interceptions and their offense ranks 26th in total yards. Odell Beckham Jr. has been the biggest disappointment. Over 6 games, he only has 29 receptions for 436 yards and 1 touchdown. Those are not great numbers for a receiver who is supposed to be a top-10 receiver in the league. This matchup is not good for Beckham, as the Patriots rank 4th in fantasy points allowed to receivers. So, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry should not do very well against the Patriots.
Nick Chubb could have a decent game though. Even though the Patriots have allowed the least number of points to opposing running backs, Chubb has not had less than 10 PPR points in a game yet. He has had 5 touchdowns in the last 3 games and is a focal point of the Browns offense. Expect Chubb to get a high volume of carries. While he may not have the best game, he will get a decent amount of yards and could even score a touchdown.
Cleveland Browns Depth Chart
New England Patriots Analysis
The addition of Mohamed Sanu should open up the Patriots offense this week. The Browns are ranked 14th in points allowed to opposing receivers. That is not an incredibly favorable matchup for the Patriots, but the passing game should still do well. Tom Brady has been a great fantasy quarterback this season. He has had 20+ fantasy points in 5 of his 7 games. While he has turned the ball over 5 times in the last 4 games, he has still been doing well. He should do well against the Browns this week, and he is a great option for fantasy.
Newly acquired Mohamed Sanu should also have a big game. Although he is listed as the WR4 in the Patriots depth chart, he should see the field a lot. The Patriots had a need at receiver and gave up a second round pick to get a player that will make an instant impact. In Antonio Brown’s first game as a Patriot, he had 4 receptions for 50 yards and 1 touchdown. Sanu could make an instant impact like Brown did, but it is probably safer to wait and start him. Once Sanu is ready to play, he will be a great fantasy option.
Sony Michel has been hot in the last few weeks. Just last week, Michel had 3 rushing touchdowns. The Browns rank 28th in rush yards allowed, so Michel will have plenty of room to run. He has had 15+ carries in 6 of 7 games he has played, so he is the clear RB1 on the team. With a favorable matchup this week, Michel should have a good game.
New England Patriots Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Patriots Offense Performs Well
Sony Michel (DK: $5,200, FD: $6,500) should have a great game against the Browns rush defense and has a very low salary. He will continue to get a high volume of carries and has been extremely hot in the past few weeks. Also, receiver Julian Edelman (DK: $6,900, FD: $6,600) will have a great game. He has had 27 targets over the last two games and is the clear top receiving option in the Patriots offense. Tom Brady (DK: $6,600, FD: $7,900) will have a great game throwing the ball as well. He has also been doing well and the Browns defense is not outstanding. This should lead to a great game for the whole Patriots offense.