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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 13: Browns vs. Bills

As two of the AFC's 11 teams with a winning record (!), neither Cleveland nor Buffalo can afford a loss.

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There are a lot of AFC teams hanging around in playoff contention -- 11 of the conference's 16 teams have a winning record. Included in that group are traditional divisional afterthoughts Cleveland Browns (7-4) and Buffalo Bills (6-5). Both need every win they can get to stay alive in a hotly-contested conference, and one of them is going to have to lose Sunday when they play one another.

The Browns could be getting tight end Jordan Cameron back Sunday, after he missed the last four games with a concussion. Cameron hasn't been officially announced as back, but things have been trending that way. On the Buffalo side, off a big Week 12 game, wide receiver Robert Woods is nursing an ankle injury, though he's expected to be fine for Sunday's game.

The Bills host Sunday, back in Buffalo after being forced to Detroit for Week 12 because of a snowstorm. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, and here's a look at the game's fantasy considerations:

BROWNS

Start 'em: With 120 yards in his first game in almost a year, Josh Gordon showed he's still a must-start last week. Throw him in every lineup.

Start 'em?: It's been a strong run for Isaiah Crowell since he appeared to once-and-for-all get the team's starting running back job. Against a neutral defense, he'd be a must-start. But against the stout Buffalo run defense, you might have better options this week. ... Andrew Hawkins remains relevant even with Gordon's return to the lineup, but he's only a desperation fantasy option. ... In general, I'd prefer to wait a week on putting Jordan Cameron back into lineups and see how he looks, but considering the awful outlook of the tight-end position, assuming Cameron's active, he's at least worth a look. ... Billy Cundiff has had enough productive games that he's on the edges of kicker consideration this season, even despite his Billy Cundiff-ness. ... The Browns' defense has had six or more fantasy points in six of its last seven games. It's usable, if not exciting.

Sit 'em: Even with Gordon (and likely Cameron) back, we just haven't seen enough out of Brian Hoyer to trust him in fantasy. Maybe once he has all his weapons we'll see what he looks like, but you want to hold him out of your lineup until then. ... Terrance West remains relevant in the team's running game, but Crowell is getting more love.

BILLS

Start 'em: In his return to action last week, Fred Jackson was productive. He's a low-end RB2, but a fine start. ... Dan Carpenter's been a strong fantasy kicking option most of the season. He's a starter. ... The Browns haven't given up many fantasy points to opposing defenses, but the Bills' defense is elite nonetheless, and needs to be started everywhere.

Start 'em?: It's been a light run of production for Sammy Watkins, between injury and other options. He's still a flex play, but not as exciting as he was.

Sit 'em: It was a nice bounce-back for Kyle Orton in Week 12, after he looked awful for the previous two games. That said, it was against the Jets, so tread lightly. ... Both Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are likely to continue to have roles in the Buffalo offense, but it's hard to rely on either guy. ... Off his big game, you still probably aren't using Robert Woods, who needs to show he can repeat a performance before you rely on him. ... Scott Chandler remains on the fringes of fantasy relevance at tight end, but without much reason to expect him to climb.

SUMMARY

Start in every league: Josh Gordon, Fred Jackson, Dan Carpenter, Buffalo defense

Start if you're desperate: Isaiah Crowell, Andrew Hawkins, Jordan Cameron, Billy Cundiff, Cleveland defense, Sammy Watkins

Bench: Brian Hoyer, Terrance West, Kyle Orton, Anthony DIxon, Bryce Brown, Robert Woods, Scott Chandler