The Cleveland Browns thrived last week thanks to the duo of Joe Flacco and Amari Cooper en route to a win over the Houston Texans. Now they quickly turn around and face the New York Jets in Week 17 on Thursday Night Football. Winners of their last three, can Flacco and the Browns continue their stellar play? Let’s take a look at his stock heading into fantasy championship week.
Fantasy Football analysis: Browns QB Joe Flacco
Flacco completed 27-of-42 passes for 368 yards along with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in Week 16 (24.8 PPR points). Flacco has eclipsed 300 yards in his last three games under center. In four starts the 38-year-old has accounted for 1,307 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions, leading Cleveland to a 3-1 record.
Start or sit in Week 17 PPR leagues?
Sit. Yes, it’s been quite the streak for Flacco but a tough New York Jets defense combined with a short week isn’t ideal. The Jets rank 2nd in pass defense, allowing only 168.6 yards per game. Sauce Gardner spearheads their secondary with other ballhawks featuring Jordan Whitehead and D.J. Reed. This game is likely to be low scoring as on DraftKings Sportsbook the O/U is set at 35, the lowest point total of the week.
Start or sit in Week 17 standard leagues?
Sit. Flacco has been on a tear lately, but the Jets' stout defense could present some problems for him. Although Amari Cooper lit up the Texans with a franchise record 265 receiving yards and David Njoku has been producing touchdowns, New York’s secondary has supreme talent. In addition, C.J. Mosley is a game-changer and Quinnen Williams can get after any QB. The Browns will revert to running backs Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt for some offense. Expect Flacco’s fantasy ascend to come to a halt on Thursday night.