Fantasy Football Options for the Buffalo Bills-Cleveland Browns Game

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 3, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 29: Tight end Jordan Cameron #84 of the Cleveland Browns runs for extra yards after a reception during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bengals 17-6. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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We are hours away from the start of the fifth week of the 2013 NFL season as the Buffalo Bills take on the Cleveland Browns. It’s also the kickoff for the fifth week of the fantasy football season. Here’s a look of players that should be in your lineups tonight.


Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is a bit of a sleeper option this week. He has averaged 295 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in two starts against the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals.

He has a serious difference-maker at tight end in Jordan Cameron and a nice complement in Josh Gordon. The Bills have allowed 277 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes per game.

I like what E.J. Manuel brings to the table for the Bills, but I don’t like him for fantasy football purposes. Manuel is averaging 214 passing yards per game with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

He adds 19.3 rushing yards per game, but it’s not enough to make Manuel a viable option. The Browns allow 212.5 passing yards and 0.5 passing touchdowns per game.

Running Backs

Browns running back Willis McGahee is still shaking off the rust. He’s averaging 2.4 yards per carry and 27.5 yards per game. The Bills have allowed 122.3 rushing yards and 0.25 rushing scores per game. McGahee is a decent flex and RB2 play. Chris Ogbonnaya has 101 total yards and a touchdown since Trent Richardson got traded. He’s a flex option if you’re desperate.  Bobby Rainey doesn’t produce enough to consider.

Both Buffalo Bills running backs, C.J. Spiller (ankle) and Fred Jackson (knee), are dealing with minor injuries. They should be able to play through them, but neither makes for a compelling play based on their timeshare and their ailments.

The Browns are only allowing 79 yards per game at 2.9 yard per carry. Hopefully you have alternatives.

Wide Receivers

Browns receiver Josh Gordon has been impressive, averaging seven catches on 14 targets for 108.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns since returning from suspension. He’s a solid WR2 going up against a vulnerable pass defense.

Davone Bess, who has 19 receptions in four games, is only worth considering as a flex in points per reception leagues. He’s averaging 44.3 yards per game.

Bills receiver Stevie Johnson is averaging 58.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game, but is not an attractive option because of Browns shutdown cornerback Joe Haden. Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith, Greg Jennings and A.J. Green have averaged 48.5 yards without a touchdown.

Robert Woods is averaging 50.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. I wouldn’t feel too comfortable putting him in my starting lineup, but there are worse options available.

Tight Ends

Jordan Cameron has been the best tight end not named Jimmy Graham. He has 30 receptions for 360 yards and five touchdowns for the Browns. His inclusion in your fantasy football lineup goes without saying.

Bills tight end Scott Chandler is another desperation play. He’s averaging 38.8 yards with only one touchdown on the year. At 6’7″ he’s a red-zone threat. If he doesn’t get in the end zone, you could be off to a slow start.


Cleveland ranks third in total defense (291.5 yards per game allowed) and eighth in scoring defense (17.5 points per game allowed). We already discussed shutdown corner Joe Haden and the injuries that are slowing both of Buffalo’s running backs.

Throw in a rookie quarterback and a short week, and they look like one of the better defense options this week.

Buffalo isn’t dominating on defense, but they do have 13 sacks and 11 takeaways. Cleveland has allowed 17 sacks and has turned the ball over seven times. They rank 24th in total offense at 323.8 yards per game and 29th in scoring offense at 16 points per game.


Browns kicker Billy Cundiff, with five field goals and six extra points, isn’t an attractive option despite the 10 field goals and six extra points that the Bills have allowed.

Bills kicker Dan Carpenter has 10 field goals and six extra points. The Browns have allowed five field goals and seven extra points. He’s a decent fantasy option.

Also check out Lester's Legends Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings.