Cleveland Browns at New York Jets Matchup Preview 9/16/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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Last year when these two teams played on Thursday night, it was quite a game. It was Baker Mayfield’s debut and he led his Browns to their first win in over a year in a stunning comeback victory. Before hearing that Sam Darnold will miss this game, I would have said this would be a close game. Without Sam Darnold, the Jets have a much lower chance to win this game. The Browns did not live up to the offseason hype in week 1, losing to the Titans by 30 points. The Jets also suffered a crushing defeat to the Bills, who came back from a 16-0 deficit to beat the Jets. Another painful part of this game was that the Jets only lost by 1 point, and their kicker missed a field goal and an extra point. The Jets will have to defend their home turf against the Browns, which will be much more difficult considering that Sam Darnold will miss this game. The Browns will most likely win this game and have a chance to prove that they are a playoff team after an embarrassing defeat last week. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: Monday, September 16th, 2019
Time: 8:15 ET
Location: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
Coverage: ESPN

Injury Report

Cleveland Browns: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (Q) – Hip, G Joel Bitonio (Q) – Abdomen, WR Rashard Higgins (Q) – Knee, RB Dontrell Hilliard (Q) – Concussion, T Kendall Lamm (O) – Knee, DT Larry Ogunjobi (Q) – Shoulder, S Damarious Randall (Q) – Hand
New York Jets: T Kelvin Beachum (Q) – Ankle, RB Le’Veon Bell (Q) – Shoulder, QB Sam Darnold (O) – Illness, LB C.J. Mosley (Q) – Groin, WR Demaryius Thomas (Q) – Hamstring, DT Quinnen Williams (Q) – Ankle, S Jamal Adams (Q) – Hip, WR Braxton Berrios (Q) – Hamstring, DT Steve McLendon (Q) – Hip, G Brian Winters (Q) – Shoulder, WR Robby Anderson (Q) – Calf, C Ryan Kalil (Q) – Calf, WR Quincy Enunwa (IR) – Neck

Cleveland Browns Analysis

Cleveland BrownsThe Browns were very disappointing in week 1. Baker Mayfield threw 3 interceptions and the Browns lost to the Titans 40-13 at home. They can do better this week against the Jets. The Jets defense looked very good last week, forcing 4 turnovers, but that could only be because they were up against the Bills offense. The Jets still allowed 128 rushing yards and 242 passing yards. The poor run defense is something the Browns could really exploit this week. Nick Chubb had an okay game, with 75 rushing yards and no touchdowns. Look for the Browns to get him the ball early and often to wear down the Jets defense.

Odell Beckham Jr. was disappointing in his debut for the Browns. He had 7 receptions for 71 yards, which is an underwhelming performance for one of the top receivers in the NFL. He will definitely have a better game this week against the Jets secondary. They allowed 123 yards and 1 touchdown to the Bills’ primary target John Brown. Beckham could put up much better numbers against that secondary. Jarvis Landry will also see plenty of action as the receiver opposite from Beckham. If the Browns offense shows up to play this week, it figures to be a big game for everyone on the offense.

Cleveland Browns Depth Chart

QB: Baker Mayfield
RB1: Nick Chubb
RB2: Dontrell Hilliard
WR1: Odell Beckham Jr.
WR2: Jarvis Landry
WR3: Rashard Higgins
TE: David Njoku

New York Jets Analysis

New York JetsI was really looking forward to this matchup before I heard that Sam Darnold will be out this game due to illness. He contracted mono, which is a serious condition that Darnold cannot play through. You can read more about it in this article. While it is such a rare occurrence for a team to lose their starting quarterback to illness, the Jets will just have to play the next man up. In this case, that is Trevor Siemian. From what he has shown so far in his career, he seems like a below average quarterback that can win games with the right pieces around him. In 24 games as the starter for the Denver Broncos, Siemian threw for 5,686 yards and had a passer rating of 79.9. Those are not good numbers, especially because the Broncos still had a top defense at that time. However, Siemian could have a decent game against the Browns, but he cannot be expected to carry the Jets to a win. The Jets will have to rely on their defense and Le’Veon Bell to win without Darnold.

The other big news for the Jets this week was the trade for Demaryius Thomas. The Jets are thin at the receiver position after placing Quincy Enunwa on injured reserve and having Robby Anderson and Braxton Berrios listed as questionable for this week. Thomas might play this week, but he is still dealing with a hamstring injury that sidelined him last game. When he is fully healthy, Thomas will be a solid target in the passing game. For now, Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson will see a lot of targets in the passing game. This could be a rough few weeks for the Jets without Darnold, and it will be hard to predict how productive the offense will be without him until we see them in action on Monday.

New York Jets Depth Chart

QB: Trevor Siemian
RB1: Le’Veon Bell
RB2: Elijah McGuire
WR1: Robby Anderson
WR2: Josh Bellamy
WR3: Jamison Crowder
TE: Chris Herndon

Daily Fantasy: Browns Offense Lights Up the Scoreboard

Nick Chubb (DK: $6,200, FD: $7,300) will be a monster in fantasy football this week. The Jets allowed 123 yards last week and will not be able to stop Chubb. Also on the Browns offense, Odell Beckham Jr. (DK: $7,800, FD: $8,100) and Jarvis Landry (DK: $5,800, FD: $6,200) will do well at receiver. Beckham should have a better game because he got four more targets than Landry last week, and the trend should continue this week. The Browns D/ST could be another great play this week. They will be up against Trevor Siemian, who has not yet shown that he can be a starter in this league. For the Jets, Le’Veon Bell (DK: $7,600, FD: $7,900) will produce well, but his salary is well above what he is worth for this game. Until we see how consistent Bell can be, I would hold off on picking him at his current value. The Jets receivers should be avoided this week with Siemian as the quarterback. Jamison Crowder (DK: $4,700, FD: $6,200) looked very good last week, with 14 catches for 99 yards, but without Darnold at quarterback, it is not a good idea to pick him. He could still get a high volume of targets, but it is hard to be sure with a new starting quarterback throwing to him.

Rohil Bajaj is a student at the University of California–Santa Barbara and is from Maryland. He is a devoted Washington Redskins fan and has a passion for fantasy football. As a statistics major, Rohil enjoys using data and analytics to gain an edge in his won fantasy football leagues.

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