Duke Johnson - RBPosted 5/23/18 5:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson said that he is in discussions with the team about a contract extension and he's 'very optimistic' the two sides will come to an agreement.
Huddle Up: Although the Browns signed Carlos Hyde to replace Isaiah Crowell in the backfield, that doesn't mean Johnson won't continue to have a valuable role. In his third NFL season last year, the 24-year-old only accumulated 348 yards on the ground on 82 carries, but he also scored four rushing touchdowns, not to mention while recording career bests in receiving yards, catches and touchdowns through the air. He can be a sneaky good RB2, especially in PPR formats.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 5/23/18 6:42pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield threw three interceptions during organized team activities Wednesday, May 23, with two of the three interceptions tipping off receivers' hands.
Huddle Up: Mayfield is currently the No. 3 quarterback for the Browns but should move up the depth chart during training camp. He may not be the starting quarterback for the opener but has a decent chance to start at some point in 2018. He will be a popular pick in keeper leagues but can be avoided in standard leagues.
David Njoku - TEPosted 5/22/18 1:05am ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku is going to be the club's full-time starter, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Huddle Up: Njoku was Cleveland's first-round draft choice in 2017, and while he only garnered about the same number of targets last year as Seth DeValve, this would represent a step in the right direction. Combine that with much-improved quarterback play and Njoku could be in line to be one of the top sleepers at his position for the upcoming campaign.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/8/18 4:08pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman could be traded if the Browns were to receive a 'decent offer,' according to The Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Huddle Up: Coleman will have to play the best football of his career to compete for targets with the likes of Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry. Talented rookie Antonio Callaway will also demand looks. For now, Coleman's ceiling is a WR4.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 5/6/18 6:37pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield has spent the first two days of rookie camp taking a majority of his snaps from under center. 'We are going to hammer that until I am good and it feels natural,' Mayfield said. 'That is the way it should be because I can play out of the 'gun. Everybody here knows that.'
Huddle Up: Unless the Browns decide to reverse course and Mayfield opens the year as the starter, he can be left on waivers in redraft leagues for now. However, he has enough potential to be owned in all dynasty formats.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 5/5/18 9:13am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor is still the team's starting quarterback even though they selected QB Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Taylor likely will begin the season as the starting quarterback but could lose the job at some point during the season. Taylor should have a better receiving corps to work with in Cleveland and could be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback as long as he is the starter.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/3/18 1:01pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman did not appear to be on the trading block during the 2018 NFL Draft, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Coleman has dealt with injuries since entering the NFL and is behind Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry on the depth chart and could continue to drop depending on the progression of the other young receivers on the roster. Owners in most fantasy leagues probably can avoid Coleman in drafts.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 5/1/18 9:59am ET
The New England Patriots reportedly were interested enough in University of Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield to pull off a trade with the New York Giants for the No. 2 overall pick prior to the start of the NFL Draft if he fell past the Cleveland Browns at No. 1, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: The article seems to suggest Mayfield was the apple of the New York Jets' eye at No. 3 as well. Mayfield obviously went to the Browns with the first pick, while the Patriots ended up with LSU quarterback Danny Etling in the seventh round. Mayfield may not be worth much in fantasy leagues right away, but the level of reported interest in him at the top of the draft suggests he was several teams' top quarterback prospect.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 4/27/18 4:21pm ET
The Cleveland Browns selected Georgia RB Nick Chubb with the 35th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
Huddle Up: The Browns added Carlos Hyde this offseason, but Chubb could share some carries during his rookie season. Chubb can be a No. 4 running back in standard leagues but will have more value in keeper leagues.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 4/27/18 9:09pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb's physical running style 'exemplifies' what the offense needs, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Chubb will have to share carries with Carlos Hyde this year but could become the lead back sooner rather than later. He's a depth option in redraft leagues for 2018, but he's an attractive option in keeper formats.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 4/26/18 6:19pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield's release is so fast that his lack of size isn't an issue, according to general manager John Dorsey. 'If you want to look at balls batted down at the line of scrimmage, he had the least amount of anybody.'
Huddle Up: Mayfield will likely sit behind Tyrod Taylor in 2018, but he will be given the reins of the offense sooner rather than later. Grab him in keeper formats and hope the Heisman Trophy winner's playmaking ability translates to the next level.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 4/26/18 11:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield is expected to serve as the team's No. 3 quarterback behind veteran QBs Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton, according to ESPN's Pat McManamon.
Huddle Up: The idea of redshirting Mayfield sounds good in April, but if/when the Browns start racking up the losses or Taylor gets injured we'll see if the team sticks to its plan. Still, the club's obvious desire to let Mayfield sit and learn means he's only of interest in keeper leagues on draft day.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 4/16/18 6:26am ET
Cleveland Browns exclusive rights free-agent WR Josh Gordon signed his tender Monday, April 16.
Huddle Up: Gordon will be a WR2 with a whole lot of risk in fantasy this season.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 4/14/18 10:27am ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry officially signed a five-year extension Friday, April 13, worth $75.5 million.
Huddle Up: Landy should be a big part of the passing game for the Browns this season and could work as a slot receiver most of the time. Owners in most fantasy leagues can consider Landry a low-end No. 2 or a No. 3 receiver next season.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 4/12/18 8:05am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry is close to finalizing a five-year, $75.5 million extension Thursday, April 12, which is expected to be done today. The deal will guarantee him $47 million.
Huddle Up: Landry is coming off a 112-987-9 season that was pretty unheralded. He hasn't gone for more than 1,157 yards in a season, which keeps him as a good WR2 in fantasy.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 3/22/18 11:13pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor is not being considered a 'bridge quarterback,' according to head coach Hue Jackson. 'This guy is the starting quarterback on our football team,' Jackson said. 'There are no 'bridge' players. This guy goes out and gets this organization to winning and gets us to the playoffs or whatever all that is, none of you guys would be writing 'bridge' anymore.' General manager John Dorsey added that he wants 'long-term success with Tyrod.'
Huddle Up: This indicates that Taylor should have plenty of job security, even with the Browns likely to use the No. 1 or No. 4 overall draft pick on a quarterback. And why shouldn't he? Not only did Taylor lead the Bills to their first postseason berth of the millennium, but he did so while registering another solid campaign, as evident in his 89.2 passer rating. He's also one of the better scramblers in the league, having recorded 14 rushing touchdowns over the last three seasons.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 3/15/18 12:34pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor will be the starter this season and he will have no competition, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: The question is does Jackson mean with the current roster or until they draft a rookie? Surely Taylor will have competition if/when the Browns draft a top rookie quarterback, but he would probably start the season in that case anyway. Either way, Taylor has some quality weapons on offense and arguably the best running ability among quarterbacks in the NFL. He's a fringe QB1 on his new squad.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 3/14/18 1:11pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was officially acquired by the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, March 14, in exchange for a 2018 third-round draft choice.
Huddle Up: Taylor has been a solid quarterback over the last few seasons and will have good receivers to work with next season. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in most leagues in 2018.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 3/14/18 1:04pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was officially traded to the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, March 14, in exchange for a 2018 third-round draft choice.
Huddle Up: The Bills should be adding a quarterback in free agency or the draft, so it is not known who their starting quarterback will be at this point. Owners in all fantasy leagues probably should avoid the Buffalo quarterback situation.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 3/14/18 1:19pm ET
Updating a previous report, New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell's deal is worth $12 million over three years, with $6 million guaranteed, according to a source. He has a cap hit of $2 million in 2018, then $5 million in both 2019 and 2020. The team could opt out of the deal after the 2018 season.
Huddle Up: Crowell joins a backfield which already is inhabited by Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire, so it will be a battle for touches during the summer. The team isn't paying Crowell to sit on the bench, and you can expect he'll have a major role. Consider him a low-end RB2 or flex option with room to improve as he learns the system.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 3/14/18 1:58pm ET
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry was officially acquired by the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, March 14, in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round draft choice and a 2019 seventh-round draft choice.
Huddle Up: Landry probably will be the No. 2 receiver for the Browns this season and should be one of the focal points in the passing game. Owners in most leagues can consider Landry a No. 3 receiver in 2018.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 3/14/18 2:01pm ET
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry was officially traded to the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, March 14, in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round draft choice and a 2019 seventh-round draft choice.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins have added Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola in free agency, so they likely will handle Landry's workload in 2018. Both Amendola and Wilson could be late-round picks in fantasy drafts, but Amendola may have a bit more value.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 3/13/18 9:19am ET
Cleveland Browns exclusive-rights free agent Josh Gordon received a one-year tender worth $790,000 on Tuesday, March 13. He will not be able to negotiate with other teams as a result.
Huddle Up: Gordon's options were limited as an exclusive-rights free agent, but this tender does give him the right to sign a long-term deal down the road. If he has truly moved past his off-field problems, he should have no problem doing so. He has long had fantasy WR1 upside, but owners would be wise to draft him more like a low-end WR2 or WR3 given his history.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 3/13/18 2:58pm ET
Free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell (Browns) is signing a three-year deal with the New York Jets, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: It's a big addition for the Jets, but not one that exactly maximizes Crowell's fantasy value. He'll be splitting time with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire but should be New York's primary short-yardage and goal-line back. View him as a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 3/12/18 2:41pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has been talking with the team about a new contract, but the two sides has been able to reach an agreement on money.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been an important player for the Browns over the last few seasons and will continue to have a big role even if they add another running back this offseason. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy running back in point-per-reception leagues and a flex option in standard leagues.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 3/2/18 12:04am ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said that he wants WR Josh Gordon to remain with the club 'for a long time,' adding that he's been having a 'really good offseason.' Jackson also believes Gordon 'is going to have a great year for us.'
Huddle Up: There can be no denying Gordon's immense talents and the 26-year-old reminded everyone of that at times in his five games this past season following his reinstatement. While his overall numbers weren't of the spectacular kind, that could mainly be attributed to poor quarterback play, which the team will address as its top priority this offseason. Gordon is worth watching in all drafts for his WR2 potential.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 3/1/18 10:30am ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer or a veteran quarterback could be starting for the Browns in Week 1 if head coach Hue Jackson has his way. Jackson said it would be best to not start a rookie quarterback right away, even if Cleveland chooses that player with the No. 1 overall draft pick. Jackson added that the Browns could pursue a quarterback in free agency.
Huddle Up: The Browns are widely expected to indeed select a gunslinger with their first pick, but they do have the salary cap to pursue any free agent at any position, including Kirk Cousins. The bottom line is anyone not named Kirk Cousins who starts for the Browns should not be viewed as an every-week fantasy starter.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 2/22/18 12:08pm ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell is not expected to be retained. ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi believes the Browns' starting running back in 2018 will be a high draft pick.
Huddle Up: Grossi is obviously implying that the Browns will be drafting Saquon Barkley with one of their two top-four draft picks. Assuming that comes to fruition, Duke Johnson will maintain his pass-catching role. Barkley would garner low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 consideration while Johnson would remain in RB2 territory in PPR leagues.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 2/21/18 3:12pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason because he did not play in enough games this season for an accrued season.
Huddle Up: Gordon will not be allowed to talk with other teams, so he will be with the Browns for at least one more seasons. He recorded 335 yards and one touchdown in five games this season and should be a focal point in the passing game in 2018. He can be at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 2/8/18 9:57pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson finished with 74 catches for 693 yards, setting a new franchise record for receptions in one season by a running back. In addition, he logged 82 carries for 348 yards (4.2 per rush) on the ground. Overall, he had seven total touchdowns -- four rushing and three receiving.
Huddle Up: Johnson has slowly but surely been trending up since being drafted in the third round out of Miami in 2015, and it's possible he accomplishes even more next year after setting career highs in receptions, receiving yards and targets. He's been a nice complementary back to Isaiah Crowell, who is set to become a free agent, so Cleveland's running game situation will be worth watching this offseason.
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