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There wasn’t a lot of viable production from either the Bengals or Browns in the teams’ respective Week 1 losses, so let’s hope the mediocre defenses of both teams will wake up the offenses for more pleasing stats. Fantasy owners are undoubtedly wondering about whether to start Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, an injured Jarvis Landry, and Tyler Boyd, among others, and SN’s Vinnie Iyer is here to help with the first bit of start ’em, sit ’em lineup advice for Week 2.

Things kick off in Cleveland at 8:20 p.m. ET on NFL Network. We’ll get official word on Landry’s injury status at around 6:50 p.m. ET. We’ll be updating our Landry injury post with news throughout the day, so check there for the latest. All other key offensive players are healthy and expected to play. Now, let’s find out which ones should be in your fantasy lineups.

WEEK 2 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

Bengals: Who to start or sit in fantasy football on Thursday night

Start: RB Joe Mixon

Mixon was held in check by the Chargers’ suddenly improved run defense (19 carries, 69 yards) and Giovani Bernard also got more run as expected in the passing game. Mixon also lost a fumble in the game.

The Browns’ run defense was putrid last season, but it had a decent effort selling out against the Ravens. Mixon averages 20 carries for 101 yards in his short career against Cleveland, so we can expect the volume to be there with game script staying reasonable. Mixon should rebound well and also find the end zone.

MORE TNF: DK Showdown lineup | Landry injury update

Start: WR A.J. Green

Considering he was facing the Chargers’ tough, savvy cornerbacks, Green looked healthy and good again after missing all last season. The Browns are down Greedy Williams (shoulder) at cornerback again and had trouble with Hollywood Brown downfield last week. Green has owned the Browns in the past, but he hasn’t played against them in three years. He’ll have a good receiving night with steady targets.

Start: WR Tyler Boyd

The Browns also looked bad in the slot in Week 1, allowing a touchdown to Willie Snead. Boyd ran into Desmond King and couldn’t break free enough for a quiet opening afternoon, but he was locked in with his rookie QB in training camp. He should get healthy targets, too, with the results being something like six catches for 80 yards.

Start: QB Joe Burrow

Burrow did his best to hang in there against a tough Chargers pass defense, starting with intense pressure up front. He looked impressive running with 46 yards and a TD, but the No. 1 overall pick didn’t hit 200 yards passing in his debut. He’s facing a weaker, banged-up defense, which should lead to more efficiency, and Mixon, Green and Boyd will help him get there with better matchups. Burrow shouldn’t be forced into lineups in 10- and 12-team leagues, but he’ll come through nicely in two-QB/superflex formats and is a viable streamer in deeper leagues.

Sit: TE C.J. Uzomah

Uzomah did some decent work against the Chargers, supplementing Green and Boyd more than any extra wideout. But even though the Browns got badly burned by Mark Andrews, Uzomah is nothing like Andrews. You can find better streaming tight ends this early in the season.

Sit: Bengals defense/special teams

They had a couple of sacks of Tyrod Taylor, but they’re without linchpin Geno Atkins up front for a second straight game. The Browns’ pass protection looked better in the opener, and their running game should pound away to wear down the Bengals from making any big plays on the QB.

Sit: K Randy Bullock

We’re still covering our eyes and ears after Bullock pulled up lame with sore calves and missed that game-winning field goal try in Week 1 

WEEK 2 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Browns: Who to start or sit in fantasy football on Thursday night

Start: RB Nick Chubb

Chubb owners started to panic, no doubt, when they saw he wasn’t the leading ball-carrier or rusher against the Ravens. He made the most of his 10 touches, rushing for 60 yards, but he didn’t work in the passing game at all once the Browns fell behind big. Talent isn’t the issue, however — it’s simply coaching and game script. Chubb will match Mixon with a solid straight-up rushing night and also find the end zone.

Start: RB Kareem Hunt

Hunt had 13 carries for 72 yards in Week 1 to lead the Browns, fresh off getting a pricey contract extension. He also had four catches for nine yards. He is arguably up to a RB2 in PPR leagues and consistent flex play in standard leagues. The Browns won’t be in trail checkdown mode here, but Hunt should mix in well behind Chubb and looks like he’s flying solo catching passes out of the backfield, too. The Bengals had trouble with both Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley in Week 1, which bodes well for the Browns’ dynamic duo.

Start: WR Jarvis Landry

Landry (hip) should play after catching five passes for 61 yards on six targets in Week 1. The good news is that his quarterback still has good eyes for him. The matchup in the slot with Mackensie Alexander is tough, but Landry can deliver a fine PPR night with a high floor but limited ceiling.

Start: WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham was fully healthy again in the opener, but he had just three catches for 22 yards. He did have 10 targets in the game but faced some veteran coverage from Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. The Bengals, with Trae Waynes out, have William Jackson and Darius Phillips on the outside. If he gets the same kind of volume, Beckham should have a strong bounce-back game with higher upside than Landry.

Sit: QB Baker Mayfield

The range of outcomes are wide for Mayfield in this game. He could easily have another clunker, even against a lesser division foe at home. The Browns also will be more run-oriented to try to get a win with what should be semi-positive game script. There’s a chance he could have a big game, but that low percentage of the reward isn’t worth the risk with so many better options in Week 2.

Sit: TE Austin Hooper

David Njoku (knee) had a big Week 1, only to get hurt again and land on short-term injured reserve. Does that mean one is inspired to go after Hooper, especially after the Bengals had some trouble with Hunter Henry last week? Between Hunt, Landry, OBJ and other targets, it’s hard to trust Hooper until you see him produce notably in the new offense.

Sit: Browns defense/special teams 

This will be tempting against a rookie QB with the extra emotional boost of prime time at home, but this feels like a trap with the Browns’ defense having several injuries around Myles Garrett. The Bengals won’t light them up like the Ravens, but a better Burrow can spoil what looks like a sneaky streamer.

Sit: K Cody Parkey

Keep Parkey parked in his first game for the Browns replacing Austin Seibert.

WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Bengals-Browns DraftKings Showdown lineup for Thursday night

Captain: RB NIck Chubb ($11,400)

FLEX: QB Joe Burrow ($10,800)

FLEX: WR Odell Beckham Jr. ($8,200)

FLEX: RB Kareem Hunt ($7,400)

FLEX: WR Tyler Boyd ($7,000)

FLEX: RB Giovani Bernard ($3,000)

Chubb could easily explode for the biggest game, so we’re comfortable giving him the C. Let’s attach Hunt to him and also go for the OBJ big play at home in prime time. To balance it out, expect Burrow to throw often and make Boyd his go-to guy. Bernard gives a part of the backfield as an extension of Mixon in trail mode with what money have left.

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Giants’ putrid offensive line is doing one thing right

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Giants' putrid offensive line is doing one thing right

He likes it.

No, not the performance. Not the production. Certainly not the results.

But at least Marc Colombo, the Giants’ offensive line coach, likes the attitude of his group amid all the losing.

“I love that they’re pissed off,’’ Colombo said Tuesday. “That’s the type of group we want. They came out and played physical. Again, it’s tough to play really physical in the passing game. We have to do better in the run. Period. That’s where we’re falling short right now. It’s going to alleviate a lot of stuff in the passing game. That’s something we have to do. We have to do it early. We can’t wait to crank it up.’’

That about sums it up. The Giants are last in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging 56.7 yards per game. Until they solve this glaring issue, they will never be a competent offensive unit. It was more of the same in the 36-9 loss to the 49ers. The Giants had 66 rushing yards, but 49 of them were from Daniel Jones. Their three running backs got 17 yards on 10 attempts.

Nick Gates has not played well at center. Cam Fleming has not done much at right tackle. Fans are interested in seeing Matt Peart (for Fleming) and Shane Lemieux, a guard from Oregon who is learning how to play center, for Gates.

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Giants quarterback Daniel Jones stands behind his offensive line ahead of a play against the 49ers.AP

“Well, we give these guys opportunities every week in practice and the starting five had a really good week of practice last week,’’ Colombo said. “Obviously it didn’t translate to the game. These guys are young. We didn’t have an offseason. To them it’s really like the third friggin’ preseason game. They just have to keep developing. We’re going to keep giving them shots in practice and it all comes down to how you practice. If a guy is going to practice hard, it’s a balance between continuity and playing the best five, so we’re going to keep pushing in practice, create competition, and see where it shakes out.’’


Starting strong safety Jabrill Peppers lasted only nine snaps on defense against the 49ers before he was forced out with an ankle injury that occurred on the extra-point block team. Joe Judge said a day later Peppers was going to be evaluated “day by day.’’ Peppers escaped serious injury, but he likely will not be able to make it back for Sunday’s game in Los Angeles against the Rams.


The Giants signed CB Madre Harper off the Raiders practice squad.

“Right now I don’t know a lot about him,’’ defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson said. “Coach Joe took a look at him and really liked his physical skill sets and his demeanor as a player and thought he was a guy who we would benefit from having him on the roster. So I’m excited to work with him and get to know the kid.’’

Harper went undrafted out of Southern Illinois after getting kicked off the team at Oklahoma State early in the 2017 season. At the time, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Harper “stepped out of our culture a little bit.’’

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Masahiro Tanaka’s Yankees legacy is clear even with uncertain future

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Masahiro Tanaka was pitching like the ace he was imported to be when he suffered an injury that led to, of all things, defining his time as a Yankee as durable and dependable.

Is that time nearing an end?

Tanaka is scheduled to start Wednesday night in Game 2 against the Indians in the playoffs’ first round. Any start this season could be Tanaka’s last as a Yankee. He is a free agent after the season and he conceded when he made his final regular-season start in Buffalo that it entered his mind that it could be at least the last non-playoff start as a Yankee.

“I just thought to myself it has been seven years and it has been a quick seven years,” Tanaka said Tuesday before Game 1. “It is kind of an end to a chapter in a way, just that thought of being there for a good seven years that is what came to my mind in Buffalo.”

It was better than good. Tanaka cost $175 million between salary and posting fee and the Yankees believed they were purchasing a No. 1 starter. That evaporated when his elbow began aching in his 2014 rookie campaign. But what emerged was worth every penny to the organization — a cross between Andy Pettitte’s reliability and Orlando Hernandez’s big-game sturdiness.

It is why the Yankees will almost certainly want to retain him in tandem with Gerrit Cole to steady a rotation that is breaking in youngsters such as Deivi Garcia, Clarke Schmidt and Jordan Montgomery and reintroducing Luis Severino. And Tanaka has always seemed to love being a Yankee, embracing with joy and accountability the intensity and frequent big games.

So the money is going to be on a reunion. But how money is spent this offseason will be a relentless major league storyline. Teams took in less revenue in this COVID-19-impacted season. Already most have seen that season-ticket renewals for 2021 fall any place between down and a disaster. And there are no certainties even of crowds next year. So who knows who will spend and how much?

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Masahiro TanakaCorey Sipkin

Aaron Boone said he hopes Tanaka is back, citing him as a “great example for any player watching to want to latch onto … he is super prepared. Takes great care of himself. Obviously, he is completely dedicated and great at his craft. It is fun watching how precise he is and how precise he expects himself to be. Coupled with, if you get to know Masa, he is completely beloved by his teammates. He really has a great sense of humor. I have had a joy getting to know him and manage him. He’s just somebody who carries a tremendous amount of respect in the room and is still a great pitcher. He’s been a very consistent Yankee performer in all his years here.”

Constancy became the hallmark once dominance faded.

Through 18 starts of his first Yankee season in 2014, Tanaka was leading the AL in ERA (2.51), striking out better than a batter an inning and was on the way to being rookie of the year and perhaps a Cy Young winner. Then word came he had a small tear in his elbow. What followed was belief that maybe the dominance was gone and Tommy John surgery would be needed.

He was never a No. 1 starter again. But this is where Tanaka became Pettitte. He was a trustworthy No. 2 or 3 starter who like a metronome kept taking the ball. He never needed Tommy John surgery. His 153 starts from 2015-20 are 18th in the majors. He has a 114 ERA-plus as a Yankee — Pettitte was 115.

And, like Pettitte, you could put him in a playoff game without fear he would blink. But in that arena, he was even more like El Duque because of a combination of guile and tenacity. He could remake himself on the mound, depending on what he had that game — heck, last season he abandoned his previous key pitch splitter because it wasn’t obeying and succeeded behind his slider.

In eight playoff games, Tanaka has a 1.76 ERA, never having pitched fewer than five innings, never giving up more than three earned runs and five times having given up zero or one. Most famously, with the Yankees down 2-0 in a best-of-five Division Series, he shut out the Indians for seven innings in Game 3 in 2017 to ignite the Yanks to rally to win the series. It was reminiscent of Hernandez’s seven shutout innings in Game 4 of the 1998 ALCS when the Indians led two-games-to-one and the Yanks were teetering on wasting a 114-win season.

“The most important thing about pitching in a big game like this is to try to be yourself,” Tanaka said.

Who Tanaka has been as a Yankee has changed over time — from ace to dependable, big-game stalwart. Even with the downgrade, he was worth every cent.

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‘Foresight’ in ‘Warzone’: What it does, why people think it will unfairly ‘feed the rats’

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“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” unexpectedly added a new killstreak in “Warzone” on Tuesday that is being criticized on social media by fans of the game mode.

The “Foresight” streak, which can be picked up from the ground in bunkers following the Season 6 update, allows players to see every circle location for the remainder of a match. People who get the streak, then, have a massive tactical advantage over everyone else.

Campers in particular could use “Foresight” to set up where the safety zone shrinks to and pick off targets as they are pushed into the area.

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Season 6 also brought an underground subway system to the Verdansk map, though that introduction is less controversial than the “Foresight” streak.

Here are some of the Twitter fan reactions to the “Warzone” killstreak change:

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