Cleveland Browns

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 1-15 4-12 8-8 3,996 2,283 64.39% 35.61% 36%
2015-16 3-13 6-10 8-8 3,782 1,529 63.53% 36.47% 42%
2014-15 7-9 9-5-2 5-11 3,465 1,728 52.87% 47.13% 30%
2013-14 4-12 6-10 8-8 4,040 1,383 67.72% 32.28% 35%
2012-13 5-11 8-7-1 6-10 3,435 1,593 60.32% 39.68% 30%

Season Outlook

There isn't much fantasy appeal to any player on the Browns offense. The franchises carousel of quarterbacks continues with eight different quarterbacks throwing a pass for the Browns last season. QBs Brock Osweiller and Cody Kessler will battle for the starting and both should be voided like the plague in fantasy drafts. Osweiller threw more interceptions (16) than touchdowns (15) during his 2016 with the Texans while tossing for just 2,957 yards in 14 games started. Kessler wasn't much better, as he started in eight games, completing 128 passes for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns whilst losing each game he started. 2016 first-rounder Corey Coleman underwhelmed his first season, suiting up in just 10 games while catching just 45.2 percent of footballs thrown his way. The team's receiving yards leader Terrelle Pryor signed elsewhere this season and the Browns replaced Pryor with Kenny Britt, who failed to prove himself as a threat in the Titans passing game. Coleman is expected to step up in a big way this season, but don't reach for him in redrafts with the lack of offensive talent the Browns possess. RB Isaiah Crowell exploded onto the fantasy football scene last season, starting in 16 games while rushing for 952 yards and seven touchdowns on 198 attempts. The one-cut style runner has proved his worth as a terrific RB2 with RB1 upside. The scheme second-year head coach Hue Jackson and the West Coast scheme he has brought with him to Cleveland hasn't had an impact on the team yet. Jackson's scheme is based off the traditional West Coast scheme but is filled with plenty of misdirection runs and short over-the-middle passes mixed in with different motions- making it difficult for linebackers and defensive backs to know what route is coming. With the right quarterback, this offense could take off, however, for 2017, fade the Browns passing offense.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Tyrod Taylor Bust

A dual threat quarterback, Taylor makes up for some of his physical limitations in the passing game with the ability to evade pressure, as well as to tuck it and run. Despite solid back-to-back seasons for the Bills, Buffalo remains non-committal on Taylor's long-term prospects with the franchise. There is also a new regime that may not see Taylor as the ideal fit for the new offensive scheme. Essentially, he's playing for his Buffalo and NFL future this season. T.J. Yates was brought in for his experience with new Offensive Coordinator, Rick Dennison's system and the Bills drafted Nathan Peterman for both his NFL-readiness as well as his fit. Taylor owners may need to be patient if he doesn't get off to a strong start, but in a quarterback-starved league he's going to get a shot as a starter somewhere next year even if things don't work out in Buffalo.

Running Backs

Carlos Hyde

Despite being surrounded by a poor supporting cast, Hyde has played well through his first three NFL seasons when healthy. But health is certainly a factor for Hyde, as he's missed 14 games in the three seasons since he came into the league. The other concern here is fit. While Hyde is a talented runner, and showed last season that he can be a capable receiver as well, he simply doesn't appear to excel in the areas needed to effectively run Kyle Shanahan's outside-zone system. It also doesn't help that the new 49ers regime selected Joe Williams in the fourth round, to much fanfare. Hyde is probably the more talented player and has three years of NFL production, but if he isn't getting it done in the scheme then he's going to have a hard time staying on the field. If he's supplanted as the starter by Williams then he makes a logical trade candidate for a team in need of a back. And frankly, getting shipped out of San Francisco may be in the best interest of both Hyde and his fantasy owners.

Duke Johnson

In his two years in the league Johnson has been relegated to change of pace and passing downs work in the Cleveland backfield. Starter Isaiah Crowell has been extremely effective running behind a steadily improving offensive line, and last year he set a career high for receptions as well. That production has limited the opportunity for Johnson so far, but his explosiveness and playmaking ability may finally force the Browns to figure out a way to get him more involved in year three. Johnson totaled 61 and 53 receptions respectively in each of his two NFL seasons, but a lot of that was due to game flow and a game script that consistently had the Browns playing from behind. As this team improves, that may not be the case. With that in mind there has been some talk about utilizing Johnson out of the slot, which makes some sense. Even if Crowell misses time, it's hard to imagine Cleveland giving Johnson more than a 12-15 carries, and with a healthy Crowell he's going to top out in the 80-100 range on the season. He's more valuable as a PPR asset, where he should continue to post 55+ receptions each season.

Wide Receivers

Jarvis Landry Daily League Sleepers

Landry s value becomes difficult to project with Ryan Tannehill s season ending knee injury. In the final year of his rookie contract, the Dolphins have so far been unwilling to commit big money to a player they pretty clearly view as not much more than an above average slot receiver. Landry has been a PPR stud for the past few seasons, but he simply doesn t offer enough big play or touchdown value to warrant a high draft day price in more traditional formats. It s also likely that the move to Jay Cutler this season works to his disadvantage. While Cutler is prone to brutal mistakes at times, he also has both the ability and trust in his arm talent to make the downfield throws that have often eluded Tannehill. That probably doesn t bode well for Landry s 2017 season or his future in Miami.

Corey Coleman

Another talented receiver with first round pedigree that finds himself surrounded by quarterback questions, Coleman is looking to bounce back from a disappointing rookie season. Injuries, inconsistency, and the emergence of Terrelle Pryor all contributed to a forgettable rookie campaign. Coleman should open the season as the number two receiver in Cleveland, but no one thinks newly signed Kenny Britt is a long term solution so Coleman should get every chance to challenge for the top spot. Though a bit undersized, he has big play ability and a willingness to make tough catches in traffic. The missed time to this point is a concern, as is a lingering hamstring issue. He s too talented and it s too early for dynasty owners to give up on him, but producing in 2017 is going to be crucial to his future. If DeShone Kizer manages to take over starting quarterback duties sooner rather than later, that could help as well.

Tight Ends

David Njoku

Just barely 21 years old heading into the season, the Browns traded back into the end of the first round to select Njoku with the 29th pick overall in this year's draft. Capable of playing all over the formation, Njoku's athletic ability is unquestioned, but he's going to be a bit of a project. We know the tight end learning curve is a steep one for NFL rookies and with the Browns rebuilding from the ground up, they can afford to be patient with him. Despite being relatively young (19 and 20 years old) in his two full college seasons, Njoku was able to utilize superior size and strength to punish college tacklers and rack up enormous YAC totals, averaging better than 11 yards after the catch over his college career. He'll find more formidable tacklers at the pro level, but the tape suggests he's not going to be shy about teeing off on NFL defenders, either with or without the ball in his hands. It make take some time to develop as a receiver, but if he can get there the upside is huge for Njoku.

Player Updates

Player Update Tyrod Taylor, QB - Hue Jackson confirms Tyrod Taylor as starter
28 Apr 2018 - 7:38pm

Browns head coach Hue Jackson confirmed Tyrod Taylor is the team's starting quarterback. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update DeShone Kizer, QB - Browns sticking w/ DeShone Kizer for Week 16
18 Dec 2017 - 2:40pm

DeShone Kizer will remain the Browns' starting quarterback for Week 16 against the Bears. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Kenny Britt, WR - Browns release free agent blunder Kenny Britt
8 Dec 2017 - 6:34pm

Browns released WR Kenny Britt. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update DeShone Kizer, QB - Hue: Kizer will start the rest of the season
20 Nov 2017 - 10:52am

Browns coach Hue Jackson said he will stick with DeShone Kizer as his starting quarterback the rest of the season. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Corey Coleman, WR - Hue: Corey Coleman will return against Jags
13 Nov 2017 - 3:51pm

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Monday that Corey Coleman (hand) will be "all systems go" in Week 11 against the Jaguars. - From Rotoworld.

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