Fantasy Football Sleepers: Kizer bright spot for Browns

By Trevor Smith

Sports Blogger



Quarterback: Deshone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

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Deshone Kizer has had an up-and-down start to his career, with his best output coming against the Colts in Week 3, where he scored 25 points. However, he has had two weeks where he didn’t break the five-point mark. Kizer has a favorable matchup this week against the Jets, who have given up an average 21.5 points per game with their one good game coming against a hapless Dolphins’ defense. Therefore, look at Kizer as a spot start this week at QB2 and in some cases QB1.

Running Back: Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones saw his first action in last week’s game against the Chicago Bears. Jones replaced the injured Ty Montgomery, who left in the first quarter with broken ribs. He produced immediately, gaining 49 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries while sharing the backfield with Jamaal Williams, who also injured his knee. With Williams and Montgomery questionable, Jones will get the brunt of the carries, making him a solid RB2 and FLEX option.

Wide Receiver: Robby Anderson, New York Jets

Robby Anderson has been the go-to guy for the Jets, averaging 11 points. Anderson’s best performance came when he produced 18 points on three receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins. He has finished with more than 50 yards in two games while garnering four-plus targets in each game. Anderson has been the clear No. 1 target for Josh McCown the past two weeks, making him a strong WR2 or FLEX option against the Browns.

Tight End: David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

David Njoku has been able to find the end zone with a sense of regularity. He has scored a touchdown in two of the past three weeks, however, he has only surpassed 25 yards once in four games. Njoku is the residential tight end, however, as he has garnered more attention in the red zone than teammate Seth DeValve. Therefore, Njoku is a streaming TE choice for the Browns’ matchup with the Jets’ defense.

Defense/Special Teams: Detroit Lions D/ST

The Detroit Lions defense has been a welcome surprise to fantasy owners, as they have been a turnover machine in the first four weeks. They are averaging almost three turnovers a game after compiling a mere 14 turnovers last season. The Lions are averaging 14.3 points after producing 3.9 points in 2016. Therefore, take a shot on this Lions’ defense, as they are a strong long-term D/ST option.

Kicker: Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams

Greg Zuerlein has been the epitome of perfection, going 14-of-14 on field goal attempts. Zuerlein followed his 12-point performance against San Francisco with a 27-point explosion against the Cowboys on Sunday. He is a strong kicker option as the Rams have had trouble finishing in the red zone, therefore, pick up Zuerlein before he is gone.

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