What New York Jets and Cleveland Browns players should fantasy owners start and sit before Sunday afternoon?

If you have New York Jets or Cleveland Browns players on your fantasy football roster, here is who you should start and sit.

Cleveland, OH: The New York Jets are back in the win column and your fantasy football team is still trying to find the correct matchups to edge the competition. Last week, New York received big performances from their running backs and other playmakers. Their defense also came to play. Cleveland - despite a 0-7 record - has plenty of talent around the field. If you have any Jets or Browns on your fantasy roster, here is whom you should start and sit on Sunday: 

New York Jets Start 'Em: 

1. Quincy Enunwa, WR: Out of all the weapons on offense for the Jets, Enunwa has the most intriguing matchup of the afternoon. Last week, Enunwa had just two catches for 73 yards and one touchdown but should have been targeted more. His touchdown play showed the explosiveness Enunwa could bring to the table. With star cornerback Joe Haden likely focusing on Brandon Marshall, Enunwa should find some space in a broken down Cleveland defense that has allowed no less than 25 points in every game this season. In fantasy terms, they have had negative points performances in four of seven games. Not good. 

2. Matt Forte, RB: How about that performance by Forte against the Ravens? The Jets do not trust Ryan Fitzpatrick enough so they stayed on the ground with Forte. On 30 carries, Forte had 100 yards and one touchdown. It was the third time this season Forte hit 95 yards or more. Sunday won't be different as Cleveland is ranked second to last in rush defense allowing 139 yards per game and over four yards per carry. Start Forte with confidence - he will have a lot of action. 

3. Jets Defense/ST: I know what you are thinking - 'how can you start a defense that has surrendered big play after big play this season?' While that is true, the Jets defense had arguably the strongest performance of the season last week against the Ravens. The rush defense allowed a mere 11 yards on the ground and just 16 points in total. The unit also compiled two interceptions and one fumble recovery. This pick is solely about the matchup. Against a winless Browns team that has their share of issues, start this defense - especially if your original defense is on a BYE or has a bad matchup. 

Fence Start: Nobody doubts the ability of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, but his matchup against Joe Haden isn't the best. You can start Marshall but beware of the difficult task he faces today. 

New York Jets Sit 'Em: 

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB: This is an important game for Fitzpatrick. He was just re-awarded the starting job and does not have many believers behind him. He needs this game. But, with Chan Gailey thinking conservative and against an awful Cleveland rush defense, there is no reason for Fitzpatrick to throw over 30 times in this game. Don't sit Fitzpatrick because you are wary of his turnover potential; sit Fitzpatrick because he probably won't reach 250 yards through the air. 

2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE: Seferian-Jenkins status was uncertain during the week and his role is still undetermined. The Jets rarely use a tight end in their offensive scheme and that means you should not focus on any Jets tight end in your fantasy lineup. Not much for an explanation needed for this - stay away from Jets tight ends in general. 

3. Nick Folk, K: Folk is having a very quiet season due in large part to the inefficiencies of the Jets offense. He was average last week going 1-2 with three extra-points made but the Jets are not setting up their kicker in positions where they put three points on the board enough. When they elect to send him on the field, the distance is more bearable. That being said, there are other kickers on the open market that are used more. This does not mean Folk is having a bad season - but - try to look for another kicker. 

Cleveland Browns Start 'Em: 

1. Terrelle Pryor, WR/RB/QB: The man can do it all. Although you should expect a strong game from the Jets defense, you can also expect a few big plays go against them on Sunday. It has happened in every game this season - a play of over 40 yards burn the secondary. Pryor has the playmaking ability and explosiveness that fantasy owners will love. Start Pryor - he is almost certain to catch a touchdown today from Josh McCown

2. Gary Barnidge, TE: The Jets Achilles heel are tight ends. The defense constantly has a tough time covering tight ends and the Browns use Barnidge a lot in their offense. In six games, Barnidge has at least three catches with 35 yards or more. He does not have a touchdown this season but has still been extremely effective on the field. Start Barnidge for the sole purpose of - the Jets cannot cover a tight end without Darron LeeErin Henderson or Bruce Carter

3. Isaiah Crowell, RB: The Browns are a very efficient rushing team. They average over five yards per carry and are ranked in the top 10 in the ground game. The Jets rushing defense is coming off a record-breaking performance - 11 yards allowed to the Baltimore Ravens. Something's got to give. While Crowell won't get a lot of yards, he has the potential to break away from a few missed tackles and maybe collect a touchdown or two. You should start him. 

Cleveland Browns Sit 'Em: 

1. Josh McCown, QB: McCown is 0-2 all-time against the New York Jets and the fact the Browns did not elect McCown to be the team's original starter should have fantasy owners worried. The only reason McCown is starting - well - the rest of their quarterbacks (Cody KesslerCharlie WhitehurstRobert Griffin III) are all injured. McCown can stretch the field with his arm but turnovers are an issue as well. I'd avoid him on Sunday. 

2. Duke Johnson, RB: Isaiah Crowell will be getting the bulk of the carries. When the Browns bring in Johnson, the Jets rush defense will stop him. Johnson carried the ball six times - last week - for 15 yards. The week before, four carries for 18 yards and a touchdown. He doesn't see the field nearly enough to be named starter on your fantasy team. 

3. Cleveland Defense/ST: This is a bad defense. They have allowed a total of 2,979 yards in seven games - that is an eye-popping 425 yards allowed per game. Passing attacks average over 285 yards per game while rushing units compile close to 140 yards. If those numbers were not enough to convince you, the Browns allow close to 30 points per game. Stay away from the Browns defense. You should probably stay away from it for the entire season. 


Joe Barone is a staff writer for He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone), or via email (


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