By Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros), Thu, Oct 21st 2021, 6:11am EDT
The Browns have two of the more talented running backs in the league with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, but that relative embarrassment of RB riches will do them no good this week, with Chubb and Hunt both sidelined with calf injuries. D'Ernest Jackson has been No. 3 on the Browns' RB depth chart and figures to get the start against the Broncos on Thursday night. He's a former undrafted free agent who backed up Marlon Mack for three years at the University of South Florida before rushing for 796 yards and seven touchdowns in a committee role as a senior in 2017. Since entering the league in 2019, he has 40-198-0 rushing and 10-92-0 receiving. Felton, a former UCLA running back who's been playing more of a WR role with the Browns, figures to get some additional snaps, whether out of the backfield or in the slot. Ex-Ram John Kelly has been moved from the practice squad to the active roster and could also factor in. Even with an enhanced role, Johnson is still just a back-end RB2 this week due to all the injuries the Browns are dealing with. Backup QB Case Keenum will be starting for Cleveland, and it's possible they'll be without starting offensive tackles Jedrick Wills and Jack Conklin, who both missed Week 6. Felton and Kelly are long shots to be fantasy-relevant even with enhanced usage.