This article is part of our Job Battles series.
This series will first list the job battles by position, and then sort those in ostensible descending order of fantasy significance.
Winston is a bad person and only a middling quarterback. There is no reason to presume some enduring loyalty to the dislikable incumbent when the replacement throws for 819 yards and eight touchdowns over two mammoth upsets against two of the league's best pass defenses. Fitzpatrick has great pass catchers to throw to and the sudden benefit of excellent game planning. Winston would also benefit from those but again, you don't bench undefeated quarterbacks averaging 400 yards and four touchdowns per game just because an embarrassing former starter is returning from suspension. It would almost certainly take a memorable collapse from Fitzpatrick in Week 3 to get Winston back on the field, but why would you bet against Fitzpatrick right now?
You can't assume rational decision making from coaches or front offices, and rarely does that rule apply more emphatically than in the case of the Dorsey-Jackson-Haley regime with the Browns. Taylor has been rough as a passer through two winnable games against heavily-favored opponents, and I think they win at least one if they have Mayfield out there instead. It's hard to speculate on the whims of an unstable institution, but the fact is Mayfield is the superior alternative here and the clarity of that fact will only strengthen with time.