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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 9: Buccaneers vs. Browns

One last-place team has one win. The other has a winning record. Football's weird.

Both the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into their Sunday matchup in last place in their respective divisions. And that's where the similarities between the two teams end, as the 1-6 Buccaneers have a well-earned last place, while the Browns trail in the AFC North despite being 4-3.

The Buccaneers' top running back and wide receiver to start the season -- Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson -- both appeared on the week's injury report. Martin has been dealing with an ankle injury, and while he looks like a game-time decision, odds are against him really doing much of anything Sunday. Jackson, meanwhile, has been limited with a rib injury, but doesn't appear to be in any risk of missing the game. For the Browns, the only injury of fantasy note is tight end Jordan Cameron's concussion, and there appears to be little chance of Cameron playing.

The Browns will host Sunday's game at 1 p.m. ET. Here's a look at the fantasy names to consider:


Start 'em?: With Doug Martin out or at least several limited -- in addition to being pretty terrible this season -- Bobby Rainey appears primed to take over the starting role for now. The offensive line hasn't gotten any better, but Rainey looks like a reasonable flex play. ... We've seen only one game of double-digit fantasy points out of Vincent Jackson; he isn't as attractive a piece as he once was. ... Mike Evans has been producing more and more as his rookie year has progressed; he and Jackson have similar flex value.

Sit 'em: We haven't seen any great games from Mike Glennon, but we've seen some rough ones, including his nine-fantasy-point outing of Week 8. ... Doug Martin is a bad combination of hurt and not good. ... Charles Sims might make his NFL debut Sunday, and he has a promising future, but now is nowhere near the time to use him. ... With both Jackson and Evans at least close to healthy, Louis Murphy is rendered fantasy-unhelpful. ... Austin Seferian-Jenkins' use is on the rise, but he's still only a super-desperation play at tight end. ... After a slow start to the season, Patrick Murray has been kicking for more points lately, but the team's offense still isn't good enough to count on him. ... The Buccaneers' defense has averaged fewer than two points per game.


Start 'em?: You very well might be stuck using Ben Tate if you have him, but with 62 yards on 31 carries his last two weeks, he's not at all exciting. ... In seven games, Andrew Hawkins has at least seven fantasy points five times, including consecutive games of at least 11. He's fast approaching must-start territory. ... At least seven fantasy points in six of seven games this season for Billy Cundiff, who could be a fine bye-week fill-in kicker. ... The Browns' defense ranks near the back of the starters this week, and that's with six teams on a bye.

Sit 'em: The one relatively big game for Brian Hoyer this season is readily offset by his one awful game; the rest of the time, he's been merely subpar. ... The mysterious usage patterns of Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell make both of them stay-aways -- even more than they already were. ... Miles Austin and Travis Benjamin appear to have been fully left in Hawkins' dust. ... Cameron's absence means more tight-end time for Gary Barnidge and/or Jim Dray, though neither is anywhere in the realm of fantasy teams.


Start if you're desperate: Bobby Rainey, Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Ben Tate, Andrew Hawkins, Billy Cundiff, Cleveland defense

Bench: Mike Glennon, Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Louis Murphy, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Patrick Murray, Tampa Bay defense, Brian Hoyer, Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell, Miles Austin, Travis Benjamin, Gary Barnidge, Jim Dray