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The Browns are dealing with significant injuries as Nick Chubb (calf), Kareem Hunt (calf) and Baker Mayfield (shoulder) are out while Odell Beckham (shoulder) is questionable. Nevertheless, they're two-point home favorites against the Broncos in a game that features a rather low 41-point total. The Browns are coming off back-to-back losses after they were handily beaten 37-14 by the Cardinals on Sunday. The Broncos extended their losing streak to three after a disappointing 10-point loss to the Raiders at home. Both teams will be desperate for a win to get back over .500. Key injuries and two stellar defenses lead me to believe that points will be hard to come by. I'm more likely to roster kickers and defenses in these situations, especially with both priced softly on this slate. As always in these single-game contests, plan for a specific scenario and builds lineups to fit that game script.
Case Keenum ($9,400 DK, $5,000 FD) will make his first start since 2019 in place of the injured Baker Mayfield (shoulder). He will have his work cut out for him against a solid Broncos defense that has the second-highest blitz rate in the league. They're better against the run than the pass and with the Browns featuring two backup RBs, Keenum likely will have to put up some passing yards if they're going to be successful. He will be extremely popular on FanDuel where he's priced the minimum. On DraftKings he will be popular too as he's $2,000 less than