Every year, there are certain things that fantasy football players can rely on happening. But there are also things you can’t count on– like anyone that plays for the Cleveland Browns. When you can’t stop anyone or score then no on the roster is going to carry much, if any, fantasy football value.
But this year, that may change. They’ve acquired some new players via free agency and the draft that could shore up the defense. With the acquisitions they made on offense– such as Jarvis Landry, Carlos Hyde, Tyrod Taylor, offensive coordinator Todd Haley– they might generate some yards and even score some points.
That means these guys could generate a decent number of points in fantasy football—maybe.
Todd Haley has done a good job with offenses in the past when he’s had talented people on the roster. He’ll certainly have some talented players on his Browns offense:
Quarterbacks: Tyrod Taylor is a good quarterback, but he is not a great fantasy quarterback. For fantasy purposes, it would be better if Baker Mayfield were to win the job. As the first pick of the draft, there will certainly be plenty of pressure to put him in the game if he looks good in the preseason or Taylor struggles.
If he looks anything like the player he was in college, he’ll be worth a spot on your fantasy roster. Taylor, on the other hand, is more of a Bye Week replacement.
Receivers: In the past, the guys who had the displeasure of playing quarterback for the Browns didn’t have much to work with on the field. But that will not be the case this season. Jarvis Landry is the ultimate possession receiver and a beast in PPR leagues. Corey Coleman is good when healthy, as is Josh Gordon.
Running Backs: This situation is going to be an interesting one to watch unfold. Duke Johnson was the No. 11 fantasy running back in PPR leagues last season thanks to 74 receptions for 693 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll probably retain the role as the primary receiving back and could make a decent RB2.
The question will be who runs the ball more—rookie Nick Chubb or Carlos Hyde. Chubb will be a popular choice among fans who enjoyed watching him play at Georgia. Hyde is a good, solid running back—but not a great one.
Chances are good neither will be worth much for fantasy purposes unless the other gets injured. Otherwise, they are going to split carries—which makes them useless.
Cleveland’s defense: They’ve acquired some promising free agents, made some trades, and didn’t do bad with the draft class either. But, since they are the Browns, don’t consider them anything more than a Bye Week replacement until they prove they can get the job done.
Of course, their production is going to depend on how well all these new pieces can gel and get on the same page with Todd Haley. The offensive line is going to need to pick up its game after losing Joe Thomas.
In the end, some could be worth owning; some will not. The best some may turn out to be is a decent Bye Week replacement.
We’ll find out in a few months who is going to be what.