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Need a controversial, potentially risky option this week? Add Mayfield then. The third-year gunslinger has a ton of boom potential against the Houston Texans in Week 10.
The Cleveland Browns are on bye this week, which comes at a good time after the team, and Mayfield, struggled mightily against the Las Vegas Raiders in 16-6 loss in Week 8.
In that game, Mayfield was just 12 for 25 with 122 yards. He did not account for a single touchdown, nor did he throw a pick. But, just the week before during the team’s Week 7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, he threw for five touchdowns with 297 yards and completed just over 78% of his passes.
So, yes, Mayfield has been a hot and cold quarterback. But, outside of that Week 8 loss to the Raiders, a Week 1 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, and another divisional loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6, he has thrown for at least two touchdowns in each game he has played.
Houston’s defense has not been the team’s strong point, and they are in the top portion of the league in points allowed. While quarterbacks have not thrown for a ton of yards against them, the team has surrendered many passing scores so far this year.
Mayfield is a risky add and start, but one that could pay dividends at the end of the day. He has flashed this year, and his touchdown numbers are good. Expecting him to match Patrick Mahomes’ numbers is unfair, but he could meet Matt Ryan’s production.