Cleveland Browns: How the Week 1 weather could affect your fantasy team
By Mitch Zoloty
The weather for the week one game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers is supposed to be horrendous. Here is how that weather may impact your fantasy team.
Finally, it’s football season again and this year there are multiple Cleveland Browns players who could impact your fantasy team. Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, David Njoku, Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, Tyrod Taylor, and the Browns defense all have fantasy value this season.
Almost every player on that list has value as a starting fantasy player in your standard 10-12 player league. However, you might not want to start some of them for week one.
The weather that has been reported for week one has been awful throwing conditions.
With this terrible weather being reported for the game, and the Browns idiotic lack of a dome, most Browns and Steelers players should sit on your bench. That means you should probably stay away from Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, and Tyrod Taylor.
Since the weather will be terrible, expect the two teams to run the ball heavily in week one. Carlos Hyde is a must play if the Browns are stuck in these conditions. Despite the poor showing in Week 1 of the preseason, do not be fooled — this Browns offensive line is full of road graders.
Duke Johnson might also be an effective play. Despite him not being a power back, he is still very shifty and explosive in the open field. With everyone slipping and sliding in the rain, he could make some incredible plays.
If you’re in a larger league, a league of more than 14 players, Nick Chubb could also hold some value. It would be stupid to think he won’t see the ball a few times in the game, especially if the emphasis is on running.
Now all of this is based on the weather being historically bad for the game, as it has been reported. If you own any Browns players on your fantasy squad, pay attention to the weather report before game time. Mother nature can make or break your fantasy team this week.