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Jarvis Landry (hip) is on schedule from his recovery from surgery. (Source: Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Landry underwent surgery on his hip in February and is expected to be sidelined six-to-eight months. He on schedule from his recovery and is reportedly on track to be ready before the season opener. Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanski said “both Odell Beckham and Landry are exactly where they need to be” during this stage of their recoveries. Landry recorded 83 receptions for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns across 16 games in 2019. He is currently 30th among all wide receivers in the expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


Odell Beckham Jr. (abdomen) is on schedule from his recovery from surgery. (Source: Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Beckham had surgery to repair a core muscle in January and is reportedly on track in his recovery. He was bothered by abdominal/groin injuries most of 2019. Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanski said “both Beckham and Jarvis Landry are exactly where they need to be” during this stage of their recoveries. Beckham is coming off a disappointing first campaign with the Browns, logging 74 catches for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns across 16 games. OBJ is currently 10th amongst wide receivers in the expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


David Njoku is reportedly not expected to be traded, despite the Browns signing of tight end Austin Hooper this offseason. (Source: Jake Trotter of ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns recently signed Austin Hooper as the highest paid tight end in football. With this transaction, it appeared the Browns were ready to move on from Njoku. The team has not announced any plans of dealing the 23-year-old and could feature him in two-tight end sets. Njoku spent most of 2019 on the injured reserve, but did manage five catches for 41 yards and touchdown across four games. Unless he is dealt, Njoku is a borderline TE3 in his current situation with the Browns.

Category: Rumors


The Jaguars and Joe Schobert reached an agreement on a five-year, $53.75 million contract Tuesday (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schobert has had at least 100 or more tackles in the last three seasons. He totaled 133 tackles with two sacks and four interceptions across 16 games in 2019. Schobert will slot in as Jacksonville's starting middle linebacker. The 26-year old will once again be a solid option in IDP formats.

Category: Transactions


Restricted free agent Kareem Hunt has been given a second-round tender by Cleveland, and will likely remain a Brown in 2020. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There’s a high probability that Hunt will remain with Cleveland given the second-round tender that was placed on him. They will get a free second round pick if somebody else should sign him, which could potentially happen, but it’s likely he comes back to Cleveland on a relatively cheap deal. Look for Hunt and fellow RB Nick Chubb to remain a very solid 1-2 punch for the Browns out of the backfield in 2020. Chubb is an RB1 while Hunt, with his pass-catching ability, is more than likely an RB2. Hunt could be the most valuable fantasy RB handcuff in the NFL this year.

Category: Transactions


An area of focus for the Browns this offseason is for Baker Mayfield to become slimmer and faster. He added weight ahead of the 2019 season in an effort to bulk up. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There have already been reports from the team's new offensive coordinator that Baker will also be working on his footwork this offseason to improve his production. While this doesn't necessarily mean anything, it's at least good to see Mayfield and the Browns trying to adjust following a poor season for both the team and quarterback. Mayfield, one of the first QBs taken in 2019 fantasy drafts, finds himself as the QB18 in our current expert consensus rankings.


Myles Garrett will be reinstated from his indefinite NFL suspension. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garrett met with the league office on Monday, and it appears the defensive lineman has been reinstated. The Cleveland Browns made a separate announcement, welcoming Garrett back to the team, and acknowledging that he is eager to put the past behind him.

Category: Transactions


Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Browns fired coach Freddie Kitchens. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Kitchens reportedly believed he had the support of the organization but evidently did not. Cleveland was a popular preseason Super Bowl candidate but finished the year with a disappointing 6-10 record. That includes today’s 33-23 loss to the lowly Bengals. The Browns will now be searching for a head coach for the second straight off-season.


Cleveland Browns kicker Austin Seibert made a 42-yard field goal and 2-of-3 extra points in a 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Seibert finishes his rookie season having made 25-of-29 field goals and 30-of-35 extra points. He did enough to be considered the team's clear-cut kicker in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns tight end Demetrius Harris failed to corral his lone target in a 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: The only target sent his way was thrown at his feet and was uncatchable. Harris finishes his first season in Cleveland with 15 catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Khadarel Hodge caught 1-of-2 targets for 19 yards in a 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Hodge finishes the 2019 season with four receptions for 76 yards. He will not be of interest in fantasy leagues in the 2020 season.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Damion Ratley caught 2-of-3 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in a 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Ratley waited until the final game of the season to score the first touchdown of his career. The second-year wideout overtook Rashard Higgins as the team's No. 3 receiver this year but won't be on the map in fantasy leagues for 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb carried the ball 13 times for 41 yards and added a one-yard catch in a 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Chubb is likely to finish as the NFL's rushing leader. He now has 18 total touchdowns in 32 career games. Although Kareem Hunt cut into his passing-game work this year, the second-year running back should be treated as a low-end RB1 in fantasy again in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns tight end Ricky Seals-Jones caught a 23-yard pass in a 31-15 loss to the Ravens in Week 16.

Fantasy Impact: Seals-Jones was targeted twice on the afternoon. After catching two touchdowns in Week 15, Seals-Jones looked on as fellow tight end Demetrius Harris found the end zone in Week 16. Neither tight end will be a recommended fantasy option in Week 17 against the Bengals.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon is officially inactive for Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens. (Source: Mary Kay Kabot on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vernon being absent is an upgrade to the Ravens already dominant rushing attack. Sheldon Richardson is active in the middle, but the Ravens should have their way on the edges. Mark Ingram has solid RB1 upside against a depleted Ravens defensive line.

Category: Injury Updates


Denzel Ward was a difference-maker on Sunday against the Bengals, recording four solo tackles, one assisted tackle, two pass breakups, and an interception returned 61 yards for six points, as the Browns won, 27-19.

Fantasy Impact: Ward's first ever pick-six helped shift the tide in the ball game by coming right after Baker Mayfield's own interception, while also putting the Browns on the scoreboard. While Ward is a cornerstone for his team's defense, he's doesn't produce much in the way of fantasy value on a week-to-week basis.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns tight end Stephen Carlson caught 2-of-2 targets for 28 yards in a 20-13 loss to the Steelers in Week 13.

Fantasy Impact: Carlson has come out of nowhere to become a minor part of the Cleveland offense of late, at the expense of Ricky Seals-Jones. The rookie will take on the Bengals in Week 14.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins was shut out on three targets in a 20-13 loss to the Steelers in Week 13.

Fantasy Impact: Higgins is not a major part of the Cleveland passing attack and Kareem Hunt has been the de facto No. 3 receiver of late. The Browns will face the Bengals in Week 14.

Category: Game Recaps


Sheldon Richardson logged five total tackles, one TFL, two sacks, two QB hits, one pass defended, and one forced fumble, as the Browns topped the Dolphins 41-24.

Fantasy Impact: Richardson exploded against Miami on a day the team was missing Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi to suspension and Olivier Vernon to a knee injury. However, their absences were made irrelevant by Richardson's outstanding play and Miami's inability to block. Richardson will try to help the Browns get their fourth straight win against the Steelers next week.

Category: Game Recaps


Morgan Burnett exited tonight's game against the Steelers late in the second quarter and was quickly ruled out with an injury to his Achilles' tendon. He was playing well up until that point, with three solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one TFL, two pass breakups, and an INT.

Fantasy Impact: The Browns' defense took multiple hits today with Myles Garrett and Damarious Randall facing possible suspensions for their misdeeds against the Steelers. While the extent of Burnetts' injury is unknown, anytime a player goes down in a non-contact play does not bode well for the future.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


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