MNF Cleveland Browns @ New York Jets: All You Need To Know
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
When: Monday, September 16
Time/Channel: 8:15 PM ET/ESPN
Weather: Day: 80 F, Night: 59 F
Spread: Browns -6
Moneyline: Browns -280, Jets +240
This game took a huge turn on Thursday morning during Jets head coach Adam Gase’s press conference.
Gase announced that quarterback Sam Darnold will miss Monday night’s game and several more weeks because of mononucleosis. The quarterback was sent home on Thursday after team doctors diagnosed him.
What exactly did it do to the spread in this game? The Jets went from +2.5 to now +6-point underdogs.
Darnold was 28 of 41 for 175 yards and one touchdown which went to Le’Veon Bell.
The newly-acquired running back ran for 60 yards on 17 carries, and he caught six passes for 32 yards.
Replacing Darnold in Week 2 will be former Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian.
The Jets will look to bounce back after a devastating 17-16 Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
New York held a 16-0 lead at one point before everything unraveled in the second half. Star linebacker CJ Mosley got injured and never returned to the game, and the Jets were stunned at MetLife Stadium.
The Browns, on the other hand, didn’t have their best Week 1 performance either.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw three interceptions as the Browns were blown out by the Tennessee Titans 43-13 at home. The Browns committed 18 penalties for 182 yards in the football game.
The Browns are now 1-19-1 in season openers since the 1999 season.
Browns Fantasy Star
David Njoku, TE
All of the attention will be on running back Nick Chubb and wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in this game.
You know what that means? I expect a big performance from tight end David Njoku.
In Week 1 against the Titans, Njoku had four receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown on six targets.
Tight end is a position that isn’t deep in fantasy football, so with Baker Mayfield throwing him the football, expect Njoku to play a huge role in this game on Monday night.
Jets Fantasy Star
Jamison Crowder, WR
With quarterback Sam Darnold inactive, the entire Jets offense will take a hit from a fantasy football perspective in Week 2.
Trevor Siemian will be stepping in to try and fill Darnold’s shoes. I expect the back-up quarterback to rely on a lot of easy throws and one of those players that will be great running underneath routes is wide receiver Jamison Crowder.
In Week 1, Crowder hauled in 14 receptions for 99 yards, and he also had one carry for four yards in his debut with the team. In a PPR fantasy football league, that’s good for 24.3 fantasy points.
Expect Siemian and head coach Adam Gase to rely on Crowder as well as running back Le’Veon Bell.