Kickoff: Sunday, November 22nd at 1:00 PM ET
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Betting Odds: PHI +3.5, 47.5 total via Oddsshark
Carson Wentz (Sit, QB2)
The Browns are giving up the 13th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and allowing twelfth-most air yards this year. The match-up is positive, but it’s going to be tough to trust the struggling Carson Wentz this week. Wentz has averaged just 8.66 fantasy points in each of his last two games. Carson couldn’t even put up nine points against the Cowboys, a team that’s allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. I don’t have much faith in Wentz this week. He could be start-able if you’re in a deeper league and don’t have better options; Wentz should at least be serviceable this week. I would look elsewhere in one-QB 12-team fantasy leagues, though.
Miles Sanders (Start, RB1), Boston Scott (Sit)
Miles Sanders ran well in his return to the gridiron last week with 95 all-purpose yards. He probably would have had a better performance, but his fellow running backs happened to score touchdowns with their few carries. Corey Clement scored his first touchdown of the year with one carry, and Boston Scott had a touchdown with only four touches. It’s still clearly Sanders’ backfield. The match-up isn’t great. Cleveland is allowing the eighth-fewest ground yards per game and ninth-fewest points allowed to RBs. Still, I believe Sanders should be capable of RB1 numbers this week.
I’m not trusting Boston Scott this week. It’s going to be tough for Scott to put together a respectable fantasy performance if he only receives about four touches again.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Travis Fulgham (Start, WR2), Jalen Reagor (Low-end WR3), Alshon Jefferey (Sit), Greg Ward (Sit), Dallas Goedert (Start, Low-end TE1), Richard Rodgers (Sit, TE2), Zach Ertz (Likely inactive, Sit)
Travis Fulgham had his first bad performance of the season last week when he only caught one pass on five targets. Before last week, Fulgham had a four-week streak where he averaged 10.25 targets per game. The Browns are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this year, so I’m liking Travis’ chances for a bounce-back performance and return to WR2 territory this week.
Jalen Reagor seems to be a crucial part of the Eagles’ offense, but he still isn’t getting enough work for respectable fantasy numbers. So far, his best showing was a WR3 performance in Week 8. The Browns are allowing the twelfth-most passing yards in the league. That said, Reagor will be tough to trust and is still more of a bench stash for now.
Alshon Jefferey had his first 2020 start last week but only had one target. He should not be starting on any fantasy teams until he first shows some on-field production. Greg Ward’s output has been a little too difficult to predict. He has three games with double-digit fantasy points and six with single-digits. He’s been getting about five or six targets consistently over the past three games, but he’s mostly catching short passes. Ward has been too volatile for me to trust lately.
It feels a bit silly ranking Dallas Goedert above Richard Rodgers this week when the latter outperformed the former last week even though Goedert seemed perfectly healthy. They each had four catches, but Rodgers had more yards. If last week was a sign of things to come, both of these tight ends could have their fantasy ceilings capped going forward. Still, I’m not sure it’s time to start panicking yet. Goedert played 62 snaps last week to Rodgers’ 21 and Wentz was struggling. It seems like Goedert is still the go-to TE in Philly. The match-up is pretty good, too. The Browns are allowing the tenth-most fantasy points to tight ends this year.
The Eagles designated Zach Ertz for return from IR and activated his 21-day practice window. I doubt he plays this week, but it’s worth noting.
Baker Mayfield (Sit, Low-end QB2)
The Eagles have been middling against fantasy quarterbacks this year, but BakerMayfield has been struggling the past two games with 7.8 points or less (and throwing zero touchdowns over that span). Philadelphia is allowing the sixth-fewest passing yards per game, making it even harder to trust Baker this week. Fantasy managers are likely better off looking elsewhere.
Nick Chubb (Start, RB1), Kareem Hunt (Start, RB1)
Dare I list both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt as RB1’s this week? After Week 10, it feels like the logical move. Chubb and Hunt each got 19 carries and 100+ ground yards last week. Philly is allowing the sixth-fewest points to RBs but the seventh-most ground yards in the league, which is a little weird. Still, I’m ranking this duo as low-end RB1’s this week.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Jarvis Landry (Low-end WR3), Rashard Higgins (Sit), Austin Hooper (Start, TE1)
Jarvis Landry has been pretty disappointing lately, averaging about 8.3 fantasy points per game over his past four. The weather was awful last week, but that’s still a pretty bad stretch. The Eagles’ secondary has been capable this year, so I’m not expecting much from Landry this week.
Rashard Higgins hasn’t been consistent enough to warrant any fantasy consideration. He hasn’t even reached WR2 status this season. He’s an easy sit against an Eagles defense allowing the sixth-fewest passing yards per game.
Austin Hooper had a poor fantasy performance in the cruddy weather in Week 10 but had a nice streak before that from Weeks 4-6. I like Hooper’s chances for low-end TE1 production this week, especially given the match-up. The Eagles are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends this year.
-Ryan Kruse (@ryanpkruse)