The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers are both on a roll, but just one AFC North team can begin on top in their Week 6 matchup. Both teams have great run defenses, so this game might be decided by the team with the higher passing attack.
Baker Mayfield hasn’t gotten to throw the ball much due to the Browns’ specialize in the bottom game. He has stars to figure within Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Austin Hooper at his disposal. He could need to use them more than usual with Nick Chubb (knee) on the IR.
The Steelers haven’t gotten consistency from James Conner or Benny Snell at back, but Chase Claypool carried Pittsburgh’s offense in Week 5 with a career performance. Ben Roethlisberger will need him JuJu Smith-Schuster, et al. to challenge a Browns defensive position led by Myles Garrett.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Browns: #17 Overall — #14 offense, #17 defense, #31 special teams
Steelers: #9 Overall — #13 offense, #7 defense, #11 special teams
DraftKings Sportsbook odds
Browns: +3.5, +163
Steelers: -3.5, -190
OUT: S Ronnie Harrison (concussion), S Karl Joseph (hamstring), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), G Wyatt Teller (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Odell Beckham (illness), P Jamie Gillan (left groin), WR Jarvis Landry (hip, rib), QB Baker Mayfield (chest), DT Larry Ogunjobi (abdomen), DE Olivier Vernon (groin)
OUT: G David DeCastro (abdomen), WR Diontae Johnson (back)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, $6,400
The Steelers can stuff the run with the simplest of them, but it’s hard to ascertain them shutting down OBJ after forking up 10 receptions and 152 yards to Travis Fulgham in Week 4. Beckham is going to be a focus while Nick Chubb is on the IR.
Kareem Hunt, RB, $6,900
Last week showed us that Hunt won’t be splitting carries evenly with D’Ernest Johnson. Hunt notched 20 carries and caught three passes for 21 yards and a score in Week 4. Hunt can do a number of equivalent things Miles Sanders can, so it wouldn’t be surprising to ascertain his score during a fifth straight game.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, $6,700
The Browns also are great against the run but are vulnerable to a robust passing attack. While Johnson is handling a back injury, Smith-Schuster and Claypool are quite enough to spice up Big Ben’s numbers.
Chase Claypool, WR, $5,200
Claypool is going to be a well-liked target after exploding for seven receptions, 110 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns in his last game. The rookie wideout led all Steelers with 11 targets against the Eagles. He should remain a key player if the Steelers are still banged up come Week 6.