(0–9) Cleveland Browns @ (4–4) Baltimore Ravens 8:25 PM (Est)
Written by Justin Knight, who goes by @jjknight16 on the Fantasy Life App and @justin16knight on Twitter
Have you been looking for some time to finally clean out your refrigerator? Or give the dog a bath? Start that honey-do list? Or maybe just take a nap? This Thursday night game will be perfect for you. Possibly the worst prime time game of the season.
The win-less Browns are set to clash with the (4–4) Ravens. The history between these teams only dates back to 1999, with a total of 35 games. The Ravens have outscored the Browns by 278 points in the series, and lead with a record of 26–9.
So.. What needs to happen for the Browns to finally get a victory? First, they need to shore up the defense. They rank 31st in points allowed per game (30.3), and last in yards allowed. Allowing an absurd 421 yards per game. Second, get the running game back on track. Get there defense off the field, and control the clock. Easier said then done.. right? For the Ravens. It comes down to one thing. Don’t make mistakes. They should easily move the ball on the ground, and pick apart the Browns terrible secondary. I expect the Ravens to extend the Browns losing record.
The Good: Joe Flacco
Flacco has been terrible this season. Throwing for just 6 touchdowns through 8 games. He’s thrown more interceptions (7). So why is he in the good category this week? Two reasons. 1.) He has his favorite target back to full health. Steve Smith was finally removed from the injury report this week. 2.) The match-up. The Browns are ranked 30th in fantasy points allowed to opposing Quarterbacks. They've allowed and average of over 2 passing Touchdowns per game this season. Fire up Flacco as a QB2 streamer this week.
The Bad: Isaiah Crowell
After winning the starting job in preseason, Crowell started the season off with a bang. Averaging more than 6 yards per carry through the first 4 weeks. He since has averaged less than 3 yards per carry. Crowell gashed the Ravens defense for 133 yards of 18 carries in week 2, but I’m expecting a much different result this time around. Since week 2 the Ravens have allowed less than 3 yard per carry to opposing running backs. They are currently ranked as the number 1 defense against the run. Crowell is a low end RB2 this week and moving forward.
The Ugly: Cody Kessler
You would need to be extremely desperate to consider started Kessler. He has just 5 touchdowns on the year, and only 1 game with over 250 yards passing. He’s a liability, and an injury risk whenever he’s on the field. Look elsewhere for your streamer.