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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 16: Browns vs. Jets

How many players in this matchup are involved in fantasy finals matchups? It's just Josh Gordon, right?

Two teams playing out the string - the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets - face off Sunday. The Browns were eliminated from the playoff race long ago; the Jets weren't officially knocked out until Monday night of Week 15. But they are both done for now, with only pride, draft positioning, and future considerations left to play for. Sunday, the teams play a 1 p.m. ET game in New York, and there will be a handful of fantasy performers to keep an eye on.


Start in every league: Josh Gordon, Defense/special teams

Start if you're desperate: Jason Campbell

Bench: Chris Ogbonnaya, Edwin Baker, Jordan Cameron, Billy Cundiff

The 67 yards and a score Gordon contributed a week ago was somehow a disappointment for a wide receiver who had averaged 193.5 yards and 1.25 touchdowns in the previous four games, numbers that don't get any less crazy the more you look at them. Still, if a 12-point fantasy day is a disappointment for a wide receiver, you're sure to be using him. ... The Jets have given up 11.9 points a game to opposing defenses, second-worst in football. Looking closer, though, that is 17 points per game on the road compared to 6.9 at home, and Sunday's game is a home game for the Jets. So the Browns' defense might not be the obvious sure-fire start it appears at first blush. Still, though, you're using them, even if Joe Haden is sidelined.

Just being clear, it would be a very desperate play to use Campbell in Week 16. But still, he's topped 20 points in three of his five starts. He's got high upside.

You probably wouldn't start Ogbonnaya in even a neutral matchup, but definitely not against a tough defense like the Jets'. ... Baker was a cool story in Week 15, but he'll have to show way more before he's a fantasy factor. ... It's looking increasingly like Cameron's season is done with a concussion, a disappointing end to a season that started off insanely strong. ... Cundiff has been among the bottom fantasy kickers this season, only scoring double-digit points once all season.


Start in every league: Nick Folk

Start if you're desperate: Chris Ivory

Bench: Geno Smith, Bilal Powell, Jeremy Kerley, Santonio Holmes, David Nelson, Kellen Winslow, Jeff Cumberland, Defense/special teams

After a break stretch of struggles - including his first missed field goal of the season - in Weeks 11-13, Folk has gotten right back to his successful, top-10 ways the last two weeks.

Ivory has been the team's top running back for several weeks. While he's nothing special, and the Browns have a decent run defense, he could still get enough touches to have value.

And that's about it. Fantasy-wise, Smith has been twice as good at home as on the road, but that's no excuse to put your fantasy season in his hands, even in a two-QB league. ... Powell has double-digit points three straight games in Weeks 2-4, but hasn't topped six points since. ... The Jets' entire corps of pass-catchers, including Kerley, Holmes, Nelson, Winslow, Cumberland, and a cast of thousands, is mediocre-to-worse and not worth any fantasy looks. ... The Jets' defense isn't actually bad in real football, but i

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