Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers Matchup Preview 10/7/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Betting Picks, Daily Fantasy

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The Browns have a winning streak for the first time this season, and they will go on the road to take on the San Francisco 49ers. They are coming off a Bye Week and are undefeated coming into this week. The defense has been strong, and the same goes for the rushing attack. However, the offense has struggled a bit. As for Cleveland, the defense is likely going to be missing most of their secondary again, but they managed last week to limit the Ravens offense. The Browns offensive line play needs to get better, and will be a key factor for tonight’s game. It should be a tight one, but the 49ers are decent sized home favorites. For odds line movement, and full matchup history, see the Cleveland Browns At San Francisco 49ers Matchup Page.

TV Schedule

Date: Monday, October 7th, 2019
Time: 8:25 ET
Location: Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA
Coverage: ESPN

Injury Report

Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward (Q), Jarvis Landry (Q), Chris Hubbard (Q)
San Francisco 49ers: Tevin Coleman (Q)

Cleveland Browns Analysis

Cleveland BrownsBaker Mayfield is completing under 60% of his passes, and has made some bad throws this season. The offensive line play hasn’t helped either. He has looked better in the last two games, but there is still a long ways to go. Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry have dominated targets, seeing over 30 so far this season. Both have had their big weeks, and are up to 300 yards on the season. Since David Njoku went down, we have seen Demetrius Harris and Ricky Seals-Jones pick up the slack. Harris has been more used for blocking, and is dominating most of the snaps. Nick Chubb is coming off a monster game, and will have a tough test this week. He has seen 19 targets in the passing game, and is already up to 78 rushing attempts. He has 398 rushing yards and four touchdowns, most of that coming last week.

Cleveland Browns Depth Chart

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

San Francisco 49ers Analysis

San Francisco 49ersLooking at the backfield, we are going to have a questionable Tevin Coleman in the mix. This would be a bad thing for fantasy, as this committee is already crowded as it is. With Coleman out, and if he sits out, we can look at Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert to pick up a majority of the touches. Breida has been very effective, averaging 75 yards per game, and 5.5 YPC. Mostert has as well, rushing for 5.9 YPC and 67 yards per game. Targets have been scarce for running backs in San Francisco, but Mostert has shown the most, posting a 4-68-1 line on six targets. As for the wideouts, Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin have seen the most snaps, but that hasn’t meant a lot of targets. None of the wide receivers have over 15 targets, and Samuel is the only one with double-digit targets. George Kittle has 21 targets, catching 17 of them for 165 yards.

San Francisco 49ers Depth Chart

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1: Matt Breida
RB2: Raheem Mostert
WR1: Dante Pettis
WR2: Marquise Goodwin
WR3: Deebo Samuel
TE: George Kittle

Betting Pick: San Francisco 49ers -3.5

The 49ers have a 3.5 point spread, and are sizable favorites on the moneyline. I am expecting a somewhat low scoring game as the 49ers offense has been throwing up numbers on bad defenses, and that isn’t the case this week. The 49ers defense certainly looks for real, even against some lackluster opponents to start the season. This will be another test for them. While they do have the advantage coming out of the bye week, I expect the Browns to be a team that gives them trouble. I am looking for the upset here in San Francisco, and the Browns to at least cover.

Daily Fantasy: Tough Sledding For Both Sides

Given this game is on Monday night, it won’t be included in any sort of main slate. However, the showdown slate is interesting given we have some bigger names. Odell Beckham Jr is still strong play, even against a stout secondary. We know the targets will be there, which is hard to say for the rest of this game. The 49ers have rotating wideouts, that  might come together after the bye, but overall the targets have been inconsistent and scarce at times. George Kittle can be relied upon for targets, but Jimmy Garropolo has not been someone to support big fantasy production from his wideouts. Both sets of running backs have tough on paper matchups this week, but Nick Chubb’s volume is going to make him a play regardless. The 49ers have about three backs they use, and Jeff Wilson is the goal line back while Breida and Mostert get most of the in-between the 20s work.

Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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