Monday Night Football DFS/DraftKings lineup advice for Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

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Ricky Dimon

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The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns will be meeting for the second time this season when they go head-to-head again on Monday Night Football, this time in Cleveland. Their first matchup was one the Browns want to forget, as they got humiliated 38-6 on the road in Week 1.

For the purposes of this piece, though, we aren’t too concerned with the Browns’ chances for revenge. Right now it is all about individual outlooks, as we try to build the best possible roster for daily fantasy. Let’s take a look at our six-man lineup, but be sure to also check out our full game preview prediction on the side and total.

Captain: Nick Chubb, RB, Browns ($10,200 or $15,300 as captain)

We may be taking Baltimore to win and cover, but even if that turns out to be the case there is no reason why Chubb can’t be productive at the same time. If not for a knee injury that kept him out more than a month, the former Georgia standout could very well be a top-three fantasy running back. In eight games he has racked up 799 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Since returning from the injury, Chubb’s yardage totals are 126, 114, 144, and 80—and that doesn’t include 32 and 26 receiving yards the past two weeks. And it’s not like Baltimore’s run defense is incredible (13th in the NFL; 18th in yards per attempt allowed).

Flex: Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens ($11,800)

Foregoing Jackson as captain saves us some money with which to round out the roster later on, but he should at least be in the lineup as a flex. The former Heisman Trophy winner and reigning NFL MVP returned from a one-week coronavirus absence to account for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) during Tuesday’s 34-17 romp over Dallas. He also racked up 94 yards on the ground, good for his second-highest such total of the year. In his previous 2020 outing against Cleveland, Jackson passed for 275 yards and three TDs while rushing for 45 yards on seven keepers.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates after a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Flex: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ravens ($8,200)

Dobbins, too, made an instant impact following his one-week hiatus. He got 21 carries against the Cowboys and turned them into 71 yards and a score. That makes two consecutive contests in which the former Ohio State star has found the endzone (he rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown during Week 11 action against Tennessee). The Browns are solid against the run but not exactly spectacular, so Dobbins should be productive.

Flex: Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens ($7,400)

Brown currently has the hot hand among Baltimore pass-catchers and we look for it to keep rolling in Week 14. The 2019 first-round pick out of Oklahoma has been targeted eight times in each of the last two games and he scored in both. Against Pittsburgh two weeks ago he had four receptions for 85 yards. It is also worth noting that Brown set his season-high for receiving yards (101) against the Browns in Week 1.

Flex: Justin Tucker, K, Ravens ($3,800)

Tucker has actually missed from 39 yards this season, but other than that the veteran has once again been one of the best kickers in the business. He is 21-for-23 overall (his other miss came from 50-plus) and 35-for-35 on PATs. Tucker booted one FG and five PATs in the previous win over Cleveland, and he could be in line for even more points if a couple of those successful drives result in field goals instead of touchdowns.

Flex: Cody Parkey, K, Steelers ($3,400)

I think both offenses should be able to have at least some success here, but Baltimore can be inconsistent in the red zone and Cleveland is by no means going to completely have its way with the Ravens defense. Thus there could be more than a few field goals booted on Monday. Parkey has converted multiple field goals in four of the last five games, including in three straight. He is 8-for-8 on PATs over the past two weeks, as well.

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