Fantasy football start/sit advice Week 8: Browns vs. Chiefs

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The Cleveland Browns are well short of viable fantasy options heading into their Week 8 match up against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

The Cleveland Browns will take on the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8. To make matters worse for the Browns, they decided to bench ineffective quarterback Brandon Weeden in favor of back up Jason Campbell. There aren't many recommended fantasy plays on either team this week so lets break down who is safe to start in this week's sit/start advice.


Start: Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron

Second year wide receiver Josh Gordon is the team's strongest fantasy play in Week 8. Coming off of a two-game suspension at the beginning of the year, Gordon has 27 catches for 450 yards and two touchdowns on the season. With slot man Davone Bess and brick-handed Greg Little as the only other options, Campbell's only down-field options will be Gordon and Cameron. Look for Gordon to bounce back from last weeks 2/21 dud.

Tight end Jordan Cameron has been the break-out player that many expected thus far. The former USC basketball player has six touchdowns on the season and has showcased his athleticism all year. He has a tough match up this week as the Chief's defense has given up the fewest points to tight ends. Although Cameron's outlook this week is not a good as it normally would be owners should still start him as he's proven to be a productive TE1 all year.

Sit: Jason Campbell, Willis McGahee, Chris Ogbonnaya

The Browns have benched the underwhelming Brandon Weeden in favor of Jason Campbell. While Campbell might give the team a better chance to win, there is very little change to the outlook of the Cleveland quarterback fantasy play. Campbell hasn't made a start since last year with the Chicago Bears and will be one of the absolute worst fantasy plays this week.

Declined veteran running back Willis McGahee is highly unlikely to have a bounce-back game against the Chief's stout front seven. Both McGahee are Ogbonnaya are desperation flex plays and owners would be better served to avoid both this week.


Start: Jamaal Charles

Running back Jamaal Charles continues his phenomenal season and has locked himself in as an elite RB1. He has eight touchdowns on the year and has managed to hit 100 yards from scrimmage in every single game this year. Owners can start Charles with confidence against the Browns.

Sit: Alex Smith, Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Anthony Fasano

Quarterback Alex Smith continues to play the role of game-manager for the undefeated Chiefs and has taken very few shots down field all year. With their offense running so smoothly with running back Jamaal Charles as the focal point, Smith's role isn't likely to change. He's a low-end RB2.

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has had a disappointed season to say the least. He has two touchdowns on the season and hasn't cleared 66 yards receiving in a single game. He is still the team's top receiving option which means he's likely to see plenty of Browns shutdown corner back Joe Haden. Fantasy owners should stay away.

Wide receiver Dexter McCluster hasn't been a factor all year outside of the return game. Although he had a serviceable outing last week going 4/70, he is still an extremely weak fantasy play. The same goes for tight end Anthony Fasano who has only played in three games all season.

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