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Fantasy football advice, Week 2: Who to start for Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

Dan Ciarrocchi reviews who needs to be in your fantasy lineup or on the bench for an AFC North matchup.

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Baltimore Ravens

Start ‘em?

Yes, that is a question mark at the end of start ‘em, just like it was in Week 1 with this Ravens “offense by committee.” Mike Wallace put up a stat line similar to his early days in Pittsburgh on Sunday, totaling 102 yards and a long touchdown catch. Though he remains part of a muddled receiving corps, his big play ability could distance him from the pack. With the Browns’ defense more than susceptible, Wallace is worth a dart throw as a WR3/flex in standard leagues for Week 2.

Justin Forsett and Terrance West shared a near even split in snaps during Week 1’s win (34-30), and until one can significantly outplay the other, fantasy owners would be advised to look for more reliable flex options for Week 2. Their touchdown upsides against a vulnerable defense make either a gamble as a flex option in lineups, but their floors are quite low.

Sit ‘em

Joe Flacco could have a big week, but is a bit volatile to take a chance on considering how deep the quarterback position is. Steve Smith may have led the Ravens in targets in Week 1, but he still has much to prove after only converting them into five catches for 19 yards.

Cleveland Browns

Start ‘em

Gary Barnidge is not exactly being looked at fondly by his fantasy owners after putting up a goose egg in Week 1. But that’s bound to change now that Josh McCown is under center and Robert Griffin III is out of the picture due to an injured shoulder. Barnidge averaged 80 yards per game with McCown under center in 2015 and just 50 without him, leading many to believe good outings are on the way. He’s a TE1 for Week 2 against the Ravens.

Start ‘em?

The Browns backfield is a bit more defined than the Ravens, with Isaiah Crowell handling goal-line and early-down work, and Duke Johnson, Jr. taking the bulk of passing downs. Crowell is a capable back, but a negative game script could pave the way for Johnson to have more playing time. Like the Ravens backfield, both of these backs are risky flex options, though Johnson has more value in PPR formats.

Sit ‘em

McCown is too much of a risk in his first start of the season after the Ravens just shut down a capable Bills offense. While Corey Coleman and Terrelle Pryor are also coming off decent performances, they remain difficult to trust until more stability comes at the quarterback position.