Jarvis Landry has been incredibly consistent over the past few years. It doesn’t catch much TD, but the Browns receiver has always been a reliable PPR threat. In each of his six seasons, he has recorded at least 81 catches, and last week he looked good and grabbed five passes for 61 yards. However, there is some question as to whether he will play before Thursday night’s football match against the Bengals. Landry faces a frustrating club injury and is officially questionable about the game. It’s hard to know if he’ll be active or not, so fantasy football owners and DFS players will have to check his active / inactive status before making decisions about the “start, sit” associated with Landry.
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Will Jarvis Landry play on Thursday night?
Landry was included in Tuesday’s non-participating practice, published on the official Browns website, before registering a restricted session on Wednesday. It’s good news that Landry’s status seems in the right direction, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will play.
Since the Browns play a short week at the start of the season, they can choose to sit Landry and ensure he is healthy by the time of the 3rd week. This would give him a week off rest to help his troublesome club so it wouldn’t be a problem. Basically, if it was time for Cleveland to sit down for a Landry game that would help heal the injury, that would be all.
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Conversely, it could be argued that Landry could play on Thursday night as he will have a full 10 days between matches after that. It is unclear which option Brown and Landry would choose, as it is unclear the exact extent of Landry’s injury.
If Landry fits the Bengals, he can be trusted as high-end WR3 in a solid match. In PPR formats, he could move to the WR2 range, as he would have to be in line to catch a lot of passes, especially if the Bengals focus on slowing Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns running game.
If Landry missed the game, Beckham and the two best Browns RBs, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, would get a boost because they would have a heavy offensive load. Beneficiary Rashard Higgins will likely be the next person along with KhaDarel Hodge. Both would be too risky to play in year-long fantasy leagues, but any (preferably Higgins) could be a good pilot who could participate in single-game DFS tournaments.
It may also be that Kevin Stefanski could give more power to his austerity if Landry doesn’t. The Browns have a number of questionable players, so they may need several blockers to help. This could open up a few more opportunities for Austin Hooper, who is already looking forward to a heavier workload with David Njok (road) IR and fourth-round rookie Harrison Bryant.
We will keep you informed of Landry’s status ahead. If he can’t play, fantasy owners should still have plenty of opportunities to fill it, given that it’s the start of the week and there are some good matches to take advantage of this week.