AFC North Fantasy Breakdown – Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns: Not a team many get thrilled about. Previously finishing among the Leagues worst in recent years, the Browns have a good mix of young talent that could have Fantasy relevance. It’s scary to trust players on the leagues worst team, but Cleveland has some players with a lot of upside. The QB position isn’t one to worry about for Cleveland. The starter is not confirmed, nor will they contribute high Fantasy value. So let’s break down Fantasy relevant players on the Cleveland Browns.

Isaiah Crowell: Currently holding an ADP (Average Draft Position) of late 3rd; early 4th round, Crowell has a lot of hype going into this season. Crowell took 198 attempts for 952 yards, that’s 4.81 yards per carry and 7 touchdowns. During OTA’s Browns coach Hue Jackson made it clear that Crowell was not used enough in the 2016 season. He plans to get Crowell involved much more. Now I understand the fear of Cleveland going down early in the game and having to throw the ball, but I don’t think Cleveland will be that bad this season. I think Jackson will use the running game to his advantage. According to Pro Football Focus the Browns have the 2nd best offensive line in football. Meaning holes will be open for Crowell. I expect him to up his carries to easily 230 and to be well over 1,000 yards this season. If Crowells ADP continues to rise, there may be better options. But 4-5th round he is an immediate grab.

Corey Coleman: Colemans year was cut short due to injury. But with Tyrell Pryor on the move to Washington, Coleman is the clear #1 in Cleveland. Coleman finished his 2016 season just after 5 games. Coleman had 33 receptions with a whopping 413 yards and 3 TDs. On pace for 9 TDs, 1,000 yards and over 100 receptions. Coleman has a tremendous amount of upside. The issue being him staying healthy, as long as he is on the field he holds as a value pick. He could potentiallyend up being  WR2/Flex for you. 

Kenny Britt: Coming off an impressive 1,000 receiving yard season, Kenny Britt finds a new home in Cleveland. Not a guy I’m going crazy for.  But I think Britt will be a flyer play with some upside. Most drafts will most likely not see him taken. Come bye weeks he may be a valuable play especially if Corey Coleman isn’t healthy. Keep Britt in the Flex conversation, he isn’t a reliable week to week play to start the season. 

David Njoju: Drafted out of Miami with a lot of hype, the Browns took Njoku with a lot of confidence in his ability to play come week 1. A huge threat in the Redzone, Njoku finished his junior year at Miami with 8 TDs, 698 yards and 43 receptions. He should have no issue being the guy day 1 expect him to be a reliable option for the Browns soon to be named QB. His value in drafts is not high, but an explosive week 1 can make him a valuable add/drop guy. Keep Njoku on your bench but you should not feel safe having him as the only TE on your roster.

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Written by @SportsFandomAP


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