Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

AFC North

Cleveland Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot believes quarterback DeShone Kizer "is on the fast track" to win the starting job for the 2017 season. (Source: Cleveland.com)

Fantasy Impact: Per reports, Kizer has been attached to Browns head coach Hue Jackson's hip at OTAs. As a result, the rookie signal caller is not only learning his position from a highly-touted offensive mind and quarterback whisperer, but he is also receiving reps with the first unit, taking them away from presumed starter Cody Kessler. If Kizer continues to impress, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him under center in Week 1.

Category: Rumors


Cleveland Browns beat writer Tony Grossi is reporting running back Isaiah Crowell could skip all of the team's voluntary workouts due to his contract. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although Crowell signed his RFA tender last week, he has yet to report to voluntary workouts. The 24-year-old running back, who is likely holding out for a long-term deal, is still not expected to miss any of the team's mandatory sessions that begin in June. Barring a new contract, Crowell will hit the open free agent market in the 2018 offseason.

Category: Rumors


USA Today's Tom Pelissero is reporting Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's petition for reinstatement was denied by the NFL. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It may come to a surprise to some, but the NFL has denied Gordon's reinstatement petition Thursday. Per reports, the troubled wideout could reapply again in the fall. Currently, Gordon is not eligible to play in the 2017 season and his future in the league not only remains up in the air, but it also appears grim. The Browns will roll with Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt as their starting wide receivers for the upcoming season.

Category: Transactions


Gary Barnidge cut by Browns

Fri, Apr 28th 2:05pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Cleveland Browns are releasing tight end Gary Barnidge. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It comes to no surprise that Cleveland is moving on from Barnidge after selecting David Njoku 29th overall in the first round of the NFL Draft. With Barnidge gone, Njoku is poised to open the 2017 season as Cleveland's No. 1 tight end. Expect the Jets, who signed Josh McCown this offseason, to pursue Barnidge. The veteran TE had his best statistical performances while McCown was under center with the Browns, especially in 2015.

Category: Transactions


Cleveland.com is reporting the Browns are still planning on parting ways with quarterback Brock Osweiler "whether in a trade or outright release." (Source: Cleveland.com)

Fantasy Impact: It comes to no surprise that the Browns maintain their stand on Osweiler. He is on the chopping block. Whether it's via trade or release, the 26-year-old signal caller is fully expected to be moved this offseason. The Browns, who are expected to address the quarterback position in the draft, currently have Cody Kessler slated as the Week 1 starter for the upcoming season.

Category: Rumors


The Washington Redskins and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor agreed to terms on a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pryor, a converted quarterback, had an outstanding year with the Browns in 2016, his first regular season as a wide receiver. He was rewarded with a one-year, $8 million deal from the Redskins Friday. Since Washington lost Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in free agency, they had a need at wide receiver and filled it with Pryor, the best available wideout on day two of the free agency signing period. He is a WR1 in Washington next season, especially if Kirk Cousins remains on the club.

Category: Transactions


The Cleveland Browns have announced the release of Robert Griffin III. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: RG3 ended 2016 with 886 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions with 190 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Griffin was never able to establish himself as he only played five games for the Browns and from the beginning it wasn't working. As of now it would be hard to see RG# starting anywhere. For the time being Robert Griffin III has zero value in fantasy football circles.

Category: Transactions


The Cleveland Browns are releasing wide receiver Andrew Hawkins on Monday according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns are releasing Hawkins after three seasons with the club. The veteran wideout played in all 16 games in 2016 and accumulated a 33-324-3 stat line while being overshadowed by breakout star Terrelle Pryor. Hawkins will have no problem catching on with a new team for the 2017 campaign.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Cleveland Browns "are releasing" quarterback Josh McCown. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garafolo added that despite being released, McCown "intends" to continue his playing career at the age of 37 -- he will turn 38 on July 4. The 15-year veteran will attempt to land a job as a backup this offseason. He could serve as a reliable No. 2 who can play in spot duty and help groom the younger signal callers on a given roster.

Category: Transactions


To update an earlier report, Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman's name has surfaced on a police report "detailing an alleged felonious assault" that occurred during the early morning hours of December 31 in Cleveland. However, the police said that Coleman "is not a suspect." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The alleged incident from the morning of Dec. 31 that occurred in the lobby of the apartment building in which Coleman resides left the victim hospitalized with a ruptured ear drum and a concussion. Although the police stated Coleman was not a suspect, the rookie wideout was, in fact, accused and named in the initial police report. If Coleman is convicted of any crime or involvement in this altercation, he will likely face reprimand from the NFL, which may include fines and/or suspensions.

Category: Rumors


Duke Johnson was quiet in the season finale against the Steelers. He carried the ball just one time for four yards as Cleveland lost to Pittsburgh 27-24.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson injured his ankle in Week 16 and was questionable heading into the contest. He saw a carry on the second drive of the game and wasn't heard from again, presumably because of the injury acting up on him. He finishes 2016 with 53 catches for 514 yards in the passing game while logging just 73 carries for 358 yards on the ground.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Cody Kessler saw his first game action in weeks as he entered in the fourth quarter against the Chargers. Kessler completed 2-of-3 passes for 11 yards as the Browns picked up their first win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Starting quarterback Robert Griffin III sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter, which pressed Kessler into duty. Kessler might start in the final game of the season if Griffin isn't cleared by then.

Category: Game Recaps


Seth DeValve had a memorable game on Thursday night against the Ravens. The rookie tight end caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cody Kessler. It was the only score the Browns' offense mustered as they lost to Baltimore 28-7.

Fantasy Impact: DeValve has now made two catches for 30 yards on the year as Cleveland's third-string tight end. The former college wide receiver is plenty athletic and is worth keeping an eye on in deep dynasty leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Ricardo Louis had a slow game against the Jets in Week 8, catching just two passes for 32 yards. The Browns lost to the Jets 31-28.

Fantasy Impact: Louis had opportunities in this game, seeing seven targets. The rookie could have had a bigger game, but he struggled to hold on to the ball, failing to bring in a few catchable passes. Even though the high target count was encouraging, Louis can't be considered in fantasy leagues. He will look to bounce back in Week 9 against the Cowboys.

Category: Game Recaps


Rashard Higgins caught two passes for 19 yards as the Browns went on to lose to the Bengals 31-17.

Fantasy Impact: Higgins now has three catches in his NFL career, all coming over the past two weeks. He has seen a slight uptick in playing time, but will likely lose that once Corey Coleman returns from a broken hand. Higgins can remain on the waiver wire in your league.

Category: Game Recaps


Connor Hamlett had a memorable first game, catching one pass for 17 yards and a touchdown. The Browns went on to lose to New England, 33-13.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie tight end's first career catch certainly was a memorable one. Hamlett actually drew a red zone target on the play before his score, but he failed to haul the pass in. It wouldn't have mattered, though, as the play ended up being nullified by offensive holding. He bounced back to score on a great pass from Charlie Whitehurst.

Category: Game Recaps


Patrick Murray hit from 35 yards out and added an extra point for four points total.

Fantasy Impact: The Browns don't figure to score much, at least early in the season, so you likely have better options at kicker.

Category: Game Recaps


Terrell Watson had four rushes for 28 yards on Thursday night against the Falcons. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. Atlanta went on to beat Cleveland 24-13.

Fantasy Impact: Watson is looking likely to beat out Raheem Mostert as the team's number three running back. He doesn't have much fantasy value right now, but would likely slide into a significant role if something were to happen to Isaiah Crowell.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns QB Austin Davis (concussion) suffered a concussion during Friday night's preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Davis is the fourth quarterback on Cleveland's depth chart and could be the odd man out of the team's final 53-man roster. Josh McCown appears to be on the trading block which is good news for Davis, but Cleveland's asking price is reportedly a fourth round pick for the veteran signal caller. If he remains with the Browns, Davis could end up designated to the practice squad to begin the 2016 season.

Category: Injury Updates


Raheem Mostert had a nice day rushing the ball in the Browns' first preseason game. He took five carries for 43 yards with a long rush of 27 yards. He was also targeted once in the passing game. The Packers went on to beat the Browns 17-11.

Fantasy Impact: Mostert is fighting for a roster spot as a backup running back and certainly helped his cause on Friday night. Even if he makes the team he won't have any fantasy value unless the running backs ahead of him get hurt.

Category: Game Recaps


The Cleveland Browns waived QB Connor Shaw on Thursday after two seasons with the club. (Source: Around the NFL)

Fantasy Impact: Connor Shaw appeared in one game with the Browns back in 2014 where he accounted for two turnovers. Shaw was the fifth quarterback on Cleveland's depth chart prior to his release behind Robert Griffin, Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Cody Kessler.

Category: Transactions


The Cleveland Browns released veteran receiver Brian Hartline on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cleveland Browns parted ways with Brian Hartline on Monday. Hartline played in 12 games in his only season with the Browns in 2015 and finished the year with 46 receptions, 523 yards and two touchdowns. Hartline will likely catch on with another team prior to the start of the regular season.

Category: Transactions


ESPN Cleveland columnist Tony Grossi believes that undrafted free agent kicker Brad Craddock could push Travis Coons for the Browns' starting kicker position (Source: ESPN Cleveland)

Fantasy Impact: Craddock converted 81.4% of his field goal attempts in four college seasons while receiving the Lou Groza Award in 2014 as the nation’s outstanding kicker. More importantly, he has never had a field goal blocked, whereas Coons had four of his blocked just last year. For now, Coons should be considered the favorite, but Craddock will make this a true battle in training camp.


In an article for the team's website, Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Jordan Payton said that he models his game after T.J. Houshmandzadeh. (Source: Cleveland Browns)

Fantasy Impact: Selected with the 154th overall pick in this year's draft out of UCLA, Payton profiles as a physical possession receiver with sure hands but limited burst and athleticism. He is likely to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, but will have to battle three other rookie wide receivers for playing time.


Browns release Dwayne Bowe

Thu, Mar 17th 9:52am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

The Browns have released WR Dwayne Bowe. The Browns signed Bowe to a two-year deal worth $12.5 million, including $9 million guaranteed. He finished the season with a disappointing five catches for 53 yards. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Fantasy Impact: This move was expected considering Bowe's lack of production. His worth ethic has also been questioned, so it's not clear where he'll land next, or if the 31-year-old will be picked up at all.

Category: Transactions


The Cleveland Browns officially waived quarterback Johnny Manziel on Friday. (Source: Cleveland Browns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a long time coming. Expect Manziel to go unclaimed and spend a lot of time looking for a team. Eventually, he should be given another shot, but for now he is far from fantasy relevancy.


With talks reportedly breaking down between the Browns and WR Travis Benjamin, the Falcons and Chargers are interested in the free agent. (Source: Tony Pauline on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Benjamin appears poised to test the open market and potentially part ways from the Browns. Despite a lack of an extensive track record, Benjamin would become one of the most coveted free agent WRs considering the overall weakness of this year's class. Owners will want to monitor where he lands to determine his role and corresponding value for 2016.

Category: Rumors


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Marlon Moore was held to just 23 scoreless yards on two receptions against the 49ers.

Fantasy Impact: Moore has been quiet since scoring a touchdown against the Ravens on Monday Night Football in Week 12. He is well off the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Darius Jennings caught five passes for 35 yards against the Bengals in Week 13.

Fantasy Impact: He was targeted seven times, good for third on the team. He has little to no fantasy value moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Rob Housler placed on IR

Thu, Nov 5th 2:57pm EST
By Steven Sullivan

Browns placed TE Rob Housler on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

Fantasy Impact: Houser was signed to a one-year, $1.76 million contract in the offseason. He didn't do anything in camp or preseason and was a weekly non-factor the first half of the season, catching one ball for six yards.

Category: Injury Updates


Yes, you read that correctly. Robert Turbin was the leading rusher for the Cleveland Browns in a Week 7 loss to the Rams after picking up 30 yards on six carries. He also added two receptions for eight yards. He showed grit and power as a downhill runner late in the game. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: With a hard-nosed downhill running style, Turbin could end up eating into the early-down workload of Isaiah Crowell. While Duke Johnson remains the superior option for passing-downs, Turbin could see an uptick in snaps over the next few weeks. He's worth a stash in deep leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel was targeted five times in Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders, catching three of those passes for 28 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Gabriel is now up to only 10 targets through three games this year. He was a nice find as an undrafted free agent last year, but doesn't look on the verge of a breakout anytime soon, despite the team's nondescript group of wide receivers.

Category: Game Recaps


Jim Dray recorded one reception for 13 yards on three targets in Sundays loss to the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Jim Dray is seen as more of a blocking tight end for the Cleveland Browns however, he managed 13 receiving yards on three targets in the loss. Dray will see plenty of time on the field as the Browns continue to run the ball which could lead to more receptions for the tight end. Dray is listed as the No. 2 TE on the Browns depth chart.

Category: Game Recaps


Malcolm Johnson made his NFL debut for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie tight end caught two passes for 14 yards on two targets in his NFL debut. Johnson will continue to contribute at the FB position and be featured as more of a run blocker. He is not on the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Anthony Ezeakunne waived

Wed, Sep 2nd 4:10pm EDT
By Steven Sullivan

Cleveland Browns have waived TE Anthony Ezeakunne.

Fantasy Impact: The Browns have waived Anthony Ezeakunne. As it stands, the stable of tight ends in Cleveland is crowded leaving little room for the undrafted rookie behind the wealth of veterans.

Category: Transactions


Terrance West rushed 7 times for 26 yards and added 1 catch for 5 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Terrance West was able to break off a 17 yard run early in the game. The Browns' backfield is looking really cloudy, but with Isaiah Crowell seemingly leading the way, West carries very little fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor has called the kicking competition between Carey Spear and Travis Coons "neck and neck". (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Neither will likely be worth stashing on rosters, regardless of who wins the competition. Feel free to look elsewhere for a kicker.


Wide receiver Josh Lenz has made a positive impression thus far in camp, according to the Cleveland Browns website. He has consistently found separation against defenders while showing reliable hands and held his own against the Buffalo Bills secondary in joint practices this week. (Source: Cleveland Browns)

Fantasy Impact: Lenz has an outside shot of making the final 53-man roster, but will have to continue his strong showing for the remainder of camp. He isn't worth any real consideration in fantasy leagues at the moment.


Cleveland Browns head coach stated that rookie WR Vince Mayle will be able to participate in pass-catching drills from the onset of training camp. Mayle required surgery for a broken thumb in May. (Source: Nate Ulrich on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mayle, a fourth-round rookie out of Washington State, has a chance to ascend a lackluster WR group. Still, don't expect a big splash his rookie season. He is safely off the re-draft radar, but has some appeal in dynasty leagues as an end-of-the-roster stash.


Jordan Cameron signs a two-year deal worth $15 million. There were reports that Cameron was going back to Cleveland, but the Dolphins offered him the same contract before he left town. Done. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Cameron is a player that brings with him big play potential. He also brings health concerns right along with him: he has had three concussions in three seasons. He has started 31 games with the Browns. However, he only played in just 10 last season due to his third concussion. Keep in mind that the Dolphins have not pulled the transition tag from Charles Clay. It's possible that the Dolphins could end up with both Clay and Cameron which would make for a pretty dangerous tandem for OC Lazor to scheme with.

Category: Transactions


Dolphins sign Ryan Taylor

Wed, Feb 11th 12:22pm EST
By Reginald James

Taylor is a former seventh-round draft pick from North Carolina drafted by Green Bay in 2001. He spent three seasons with them before moving on to Baltimore and finally to Cleveland where he was released in December. He has eight career receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown in 58 games (two starts in Green Bay). (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: This is move for pre-camp depth with a player who has history with Philbin. The Dolphins are likely to re-sign Charles Clay, and Dion Sims is a capable backup, who also plays in packages along with Clay. Taylor joins the next guy on the chart, Arthur Lynch, last year’s fifth round pick who spent the season on the injured reserve list.


Beat reporter Scott Petrak believes there is a good chance free agent Brian Hoyer returns to the Browns next season. This belief from Petrak comes from a recent conversation he had with Hoyer's agent, Joe Linta. (Source: Elyria Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: He went on to say it is far from a lock, but the chances Hoyer returns are better than they seemed when he was benched for Johnny Manziel late in the season. The main things to keep in mind are: Hoyer wants to start and the contract offered needs to satisfy him in terms of money and years offered. Stay tuned as the quarterback situation in Cleveland is far from being decided.


Miles Austin’s kidney issue seemed serious when he was admitted to the hospital, and it's sad news for a player who appeared to have started clicking with his team's offense. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Austin was generating value in PPR leagues, but he can now be dropped in all formats. There is still little information about what type of impact this injury will have on his career, but the little news we have received seems to be bad. Miles has been injury prone his entire career, but hopefully he can bounce back from this latest setback and return next year.


The Minnesota Vikings claimed RB Ben Tate on Wednesday, releasing TE MarQueis Gray in the process. Tate is owed roughly $353,000 for the rest of the season, according to Brian Hall of Fox Sports North. He is signed through 2015, but can be cut after this season. (Source: Fox Sports North)

Fantasy Impact: In his first season in Cleveland, Tate has amassed 333 yards and 4 TDs on 106 carries. His best game came back in the first week of October when he rushed for 124 yards on 22 carries. He's averaged just 3.1 YPC this season and isn't anything more than a RB3/RB4 with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata in Minnesota. Tate's exit from the Browns is worrisome, but the Vikings are looking for a No. 2 RB behind McKinnon for next season.


Cundiff has been really consistent over his past 2 games since the bye week, nailing 100% of his field goals and all seven extra point attempts.

Fantasy Impact: He has hit all of his attempts and has an extremely favorable match up against the Jaguars. If the Browns get up early they will start to settle for kicks, and considering how he has been kicking lately he should have no trouble filling in for your starter this week.


The Carolina Panthers signed Chris Ogbonnaya and cut Tauren Poole in a corresponding move. (Source: Steve Reed on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Ogbonnaya could have a major role in Week 5 depending on the health and availability of Fozzy Whittaker. Be sure to check practice reports this week.


The Vikings signed the 25-year-old Grand Valley State product off the Browns practice squad on Saturday. A 2013 7th-round pick by the Packers, Johnson caught only six passes for 65 yards in 115 preseason snaps with Cleveland this year. (Source: Star Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson takes the roster spot opened up earlier this week by Adrian Peterson, who was placed on the exempt list. He will compete for snaps with Rodney Smith and Adam Thielen, who like Johnson haven't caught a pass in the NFL. Don't expect Johnson to be anything more than the No. 4 WR on Minnesota. He isn't fantasy worthy unless an injury occurs.


Veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson did not make the Browns final 53-man roster after cuts on Saturday. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot)

Fantasy Impact: It is safe to assume that Burleson may not have many more chances considering the WR poor Browns chose to part ways with him. Burleson was injured during most of training camp and made little impact with the team. He is no longer a fantasy factor.


Cleveland Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot believes quarterback DeShone Kizer "is on the fast track" to win the starting job for the 2017 season. (Source: Cleveland.com)

Fantasy Impact: Per reports, Kizer has been attached to Browns head coach Hue Jackson's hip at OTAs. As a result, the rookie signal caller is not only learning his position from a highly-touted offensive mind and quarterback whisperer, but he is also receiving reps with the first unit, taking them away from presumed starter Cody Kessler. If Kizer continues to impress, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him under center in Week 1.

Category: Rumors


Cleveland.com is reporting the Browns are still planning on parting ways with quarterback Brock Osweiler "whether in a trade or outright release." (Source: Cleveland.com)

Fantasy Impact: It comes to no surprise that the Browns maintain their stand on Osweiler. He is on the chopping block. Whether it's via trade or release, the 26-year-old signal caller is fully expected to be moved this offseason. The Browns, who are expected to address the quarterback position in the draft, currently have Cody Kessler slated as the Week 1 starter for the upcoming season.

Category: Rumors


The Cleveland Browns have announced the release of Robert Griffin III. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: RG3 ended 2016 with 886 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions with 190 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Griffin was never able to establish himself as he only played five games for the Browns and from the beginning it wasn't working. As of now it would be hard to see RG# starting anywhere. For the time being Robert Griffin III has zero value in fantasy football circles.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Cleveland Browns "are releasing" quarterback Josh McCown. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garafolo added that despite being released, McCown "intends" to continue his playing career at the age of 37 -- he will turn 38 on July 4. The 15-year veteran will attempt to land a job as a backup this offseason. He could serve as a reliable No. 2 who can play in spot duty and help groom the younger signal callers on a given roster.

Category: Transactions


Cody Kessler saw his first game action in weeks as he entered in the fourth quarter against the Chargers. Kessler completed 2-of-3 passes for 11 yards as the Browns picked up their first win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Starting quarterback Robert Griffin III sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter, which pressed Kessler into duty. Kessler might start in the final game of the season if Griffin isn't cleared by then.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns QB Austin Davis (concussion) suffered a concussion during Friday night's preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Davis is the fourth quarterback on Cleveland's depth chart and could be the odd man out of the team's final 53-man roster. Josh McCown appears to be on the trading block which is good news for Davis, but Cleveland's asking price is reportedly a fourth round pick for the veteran signal caller. If he remains with the Browns, Davis could end up designated to the practice squad to begin the 2016 season.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cleveland Browns waived QB Connor Shaw on Thursday after two seasons with the club. (Source: Around the NFL)

Fantasy Impact: Connor Shaw appeared in one game with the Browns back in 2014 where he accounted for two turnovers. Shaw was the fifth quarterback on Cleveland's depth chart prior to his release behind Robert Griffin, Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Cody Kessler.

Category: Transactions


The Cleveland Browns officially waived quarterback Johnny Manziel on Friday. (Source: Cleveland Browns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a long time coming. Expect Manziel to go unclaimed and spend a lot of time looking for a team. Eventually, he should be given another shot, but for now he is far from fantasy relevancy.


Beat reporter Scott Petrak believes there is a good chance free agent Brian Hoyer returns to the Browns next season. This belief from Petrak comes from a recent conversation he had with Hoyer's agent, Joe Linta. (Source: Elyria Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: He went on to say it is far from a lock, but the chances Hoyer returns are better than they seemed when he was benched for Johnny Manziel late in the season. The main things to keep in mind are: Hoyer wants to start and the contract offered needs to satisfy him in terms of money and years offered. Stay tuned as the quarterback situation in Cleveland is far from being decided.


Cleveland Browns beat writer Tony Grossi is reporting running back Isaiah Crowell could skip all of the team's voluntary workouts due to his contract. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although Crowell signed his RFA tender last week, he has yet to report to voluntary workouts. The 24-year-old running back, who is likely holding out for a long-term deal, is still not expected to miss any of the team's mandatory sessions that begin in June. Barring a new contract, Crowell will hit the open free agent market in the 2018 offseason.

Category: Rumors


Duke Johnson was quiet in the season finale against the Steelers. He carried the ball just one time for four yards as Cleveland lost to Pittsburgh 27-24.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson injured his ankle in Week 16 and was questionable heading into the contest. He saw a carry on the second drive of the game and wasn't heard from again, presumably because of the injury acting up on him. He finishes 2016 with 53 catches for 514 yards in the passing game while logging just 73 carries for 358 yards on the ground.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Terrell Watson had four rushes for 28 yards on Thursday night against the Falcons. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. Atlanta went on to beat Cleveland 24-13.

Fantasy Impact: Watson is looking likely to beat out Raheem Mostert as the team's number three running back. He doesn't have much fantasy value right now, but would likely slide into a significant role if something were to happen to Isaiah Crowell.

Category: Game Recaps


Raheem Mostert had a nice day rushing the ball in the Browns' first preseason game. He took five carries for 43 yards with a long rush of 27 yards. He was also targeted once in the passing game. The Packers went on to beat the Browns 17-11.

Fantasy Impact: Mostert is fighting for a roster spot as a backup running back and certainly helped his cause on Friday night. Even if he makes the team he won't have any fantasy value unless the running backs ahead of him get hurt.

Category: Game Recaps


Yes, you read that correctly. Robert Turbin was the leading rusher for the Cleveland Browns in a Week 7 loss to the Rams after picking up 30 yards on six carries. He also added two receptions for eight yards. He showed grit and power as a downhill runner late in the game. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: With a hard-nosed downhill running style, Turbin could end up eating into the early-down workload of Isaiah Crowell. While Duke Johnson remains the superior option for passing-downs, Turbin could see an uptick in snaps over the next few weeks. He's worth a stash in deep leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Malcolm Johnson made his NFL debut for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie tight end caught two passes for 14 yards on two targets in his NFL debut. Johnson will continue to contribute at the FB position and be featured as more of a run blocker. He is not on the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Terrance West rushed 7 times for 26 yards and added 1 catch for 5 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Terrance West was able to break off a 17 yard run early in the game. The Browns' backfield is looking really cloudy, but with Isaiah Crowell seemingly leading the way, West carries very little fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


The Minnesota Vikings claimed RB Ben Tate on Wednesday, releasing TE MarQueis Gray in the process. Tate is owed roughly $353,000 for the rest of the season, according to Brian Hall of Fox Sports North. He is signed through 2015, but can be cut after this season. (Source: Fox Sports North)

Fantasy Impact: In his first season in Cleveland, Tate has amassed 333 yards and 4 TDs on 106 carries. His best game came back in the first week of October when he rushed for 124 yards on 22 carries. He's averaged just 3.1 YPC this season and isn't anything more than a RB3/RB4 with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata in Minnesota. Tate's exit from the Browns is worrisome, but the Vikings are looking for a No. 2 RB behind McKinnon for next season.


The Carolina Panthers signed Chris Ogbonnaya and cut Tauren Poole in a corresponding move. (Source: Steve Reed on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Ogbonnaya could have a major role in Week 5 depending on the health and availability of Fozzy Whittaker. Be sure to check practice reports this week.


USA Today's Tom Pelissero is reporting Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's petition for reinstatement was denied by the NFL. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It may come to a surprise to some, but the NFL has denied Gordon's reinstatement petition Thursday. Per reports, the troubled wideout could reapply again in the fall. Currently, Gordon is not eligible to play in the 2017 season and his future in the league not only remains up in the air, but it also appears grim. The Browns will roll with Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt as their starting wide receivers for the upcoming season.

Category: Transactions


The Washington Redskins and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor agreed to terms on a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pryor, a converted quarterback, had an outstanding year with the Browns in 2016, his first regular season as a wide receiver. He was rewarded with a one-year, $8 million deal from the Redskins Friday. Since Washington lost Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in free agency, they had a need at wide receiver and filled it with Pryor, the best available wideout on day two of the free agency signing period. He is a WR1 in Washington next season, especially if Kirk Cousins remains on the club.

Category: Transactions


The Cleveland Browns are releasing wide receiver Andrew Hawkins on Monday according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns are releasing Hawkins after three seasons with the club. The veteran wideout played in all 16 games in 2016 and accumulated a 33-324-3 stat line while being overshadowed by breakout star Terrelle Pryor. Hawkins will have no problem catching on with a new team for the 2017 campaign.

Category: Transactions


To update an earlier report, Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman's name has surfaced on a police report "detailing an alleged felonious assault" that occurred during the early morning hours of December 31 in Cleveland. However, the police said that Coleman "is not a suspect." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The alleged incident from the morning of Dec. 31 that occurred in the lobby of the apartment building in which Coleman resides left the victim hospitalized with a ruptured ear drum and a concussion. Although the police stated Coleman was not a suspect, the rookie wideout was, in fact, accused and named in the initial police report. If Coleman is convicted of any crime or involvement in this altercation, he will likely face reprimand from the NFL, which may include fines and/or suspensions.

Category: Rumors


Ricardo Louis had a slow game against the Jets in Week 8, catching just two passes for 32 yards. The Browns lost to the Jets 31-28.

Fantasy Impact: Louis had opportunities in this game, seeing seven targets. The rookie could have had a bigger game, but he struggled to hold on to the ball, failing to bring in a few catchable passes. Even though the high target count was encouraging, Louis can't be considered in fantasy leagues. He will look to bounce back in Week 9 against the Cowboys.

Category: Game Recaps


Rashard Higgins caught two passes for 19 yards as the Browns went on to lose to the Bengals 31-17.

Fantasy Impact: Higgins now has three catches in his NFL career, all coming over the past two weeks. He has seen a slight uptick in playing time, but will likely lose that once Corey Coleman returns from a broken hand. Higgins can remain on the waiver wire in your league.

Category: Game Recaps


The Cleveland Browns released veteran receiver Brian Hartline on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cleveland Browns parted ways with Brian Hartline on Monday. Hartline played in 12 games in his only season with the Browns in 2015 and finished the year with 46 receptions, 523 yards and two touchdowns. Hartline will likely catch on with another team prior to the start of the regular season.

Category: Transactions


In an article for the team's website, Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Jordan Payton said that he models his game after T.J. Houshmandzadeh. (Source: Cleveland Browns)

Fantasy Impact: Selected with the 154th overall pick in this year's draft out of UCLA, Payton profiles as a physical possession receiver with sure hands but limited burst and athleticism. He is likely to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, but will have to battle three other rookie wide receivers for playing time.


Browns release Dwayne Bowe

Thu, Mar 17th 9:52am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

The Browns have released WR Dwayne Bowe. The Browns signed Bowe to a two-year deal worth $12.5 million, including $9 million guaranteed. He finished the season with a disappointing five catches for 53 yards. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Fantasy Impact: This move was expected considering Bowe's lack of production. His worth ethic has also been questioned, so it's not clear where he'll land next, or if the 31-year-old will be picked up at all.

Category: Transactions


With talks reportedly breaking down between the Browns and WR Travis Benjamin, the Falcons and Chargers are interested in the free agent. (Source: Tony Pauline on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Benjamin appears poised to test the open market and potentially part ways from the Browns. Despite a lack of an extensive track record, Benjamin would become one of the most coveted free agent WRs considering the overall weakness of this year's class. Owners will want to monitor where he lands to determine his role and corresponding value for 2016.

Category: Rumors


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Marlon Moore was held to just 23 scoreless yards on two receptions against the 49ers.

Fantasy Impact: Moore has been quiet since scoring a touchdown against the Ravens on Monday Night Football in Week 12. He is well off the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Darius Jennings caught five passes for 35 yards against the Bengals in Week 13.

Fantasy Impact: He was targeted seven times, good for third on the team. He has little to no fantasy value moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel was targeted five times in Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders, catching three of those passes for 28 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Gabriel is now up to only 10 targets through three games this year. He was a nice find as an undrafted free agent last year, but doesn't look on the verge of a breakout anytime soon, despite the team's nondescript group of wide receivers.

Category: Game Recaps


Wide receiver Josh Lenz has made a positive impression thus far in camp, according to the Cleveland Browns website. He has consistently found separation against defenders while showing reliable hands and held his own against the Buffalo Bills secondary in joint practices this week. (Source: Cleveland Browns)

Fantasy Impact: Lenz has an outside shot of making the final 53-man roster, but will have to continue his strong showing for the remainder of camp. He isn't worth any real consideration in fantasy leagues at the moment.


Cleveland Browns head coach stated that rookie WR Vince Mayle will be able to participate in pass-catching drills from the onset of training camp. Mayle required surgery for a broken thumb in May. (Source: Nate Ulrich on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mayle, a fourth-round rookie out of Washington State, has a chance to ascend a lackluster WR group. Still, don't expect a big splash his rookie season. He is safely off the re-draft radar, but has some appeal in dynasty leagues as an end-of-the-roster stash.


Miles Austin’s kidney issue seemed serious when he was admitted to the hospital, and it's sad news for a player who appeared to have started clicking with his team's offense. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Austin was generating value in PPR leagues, but he can now be dropped in all formats. There is still little information about what type of impact this injury will have on his career, but the little news we have received seems to be bad. Miles has been injury prone his entire career, but hopefully he can bounce back from this latest setback and return next year.


The Vikings signed the 25-year-old Grand Valley State product off the Browns practice squad on Saturday. A 2013 7th-round pick by the Packers, Johnson caught only six passes for 65 yards in 115 preseason snaps with Cleveland this year. (Source: Star Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson takes the roster spot opened up earlier this week by Adrian Peterson, who was placed on the exempt list. He will compete for snaps with Rodney Smith and Adam Thielen, who like Johnson haven't caught a pass in the NFL. Don't expect Johnson to be anything more than the No. 4 WR on Minnesota. He isn't fantasy worthy unless an injury occurs.


Veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson did not make the Browns final 53-man roster after cuts on Saturday. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot)

Fantasy Impact: It is safe to assume that Burleson may not have many more chances considering the WR poor Browns chose to part ways with him. Burleson was injured during most of training camp and made little impact with the team. He is no longer a fantasy factor.


Gary Barnidge cut by Browns

Fri, Apr 28th 2:05pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Cleveland Browns are releasing tight end Gary Barnidge. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It comes to no surprise that Cleveland is moving on from Barnidge after selecting David Njoku 29th overall in the first round of the NFL Draft. With Barnidge gone, Njoku is poised to open the 2017 season as Cleveland's No. 1 tight end. Expect the Jets, who signed Josh McCown this offseason, to pursue Barnidge. The veteran TE had his best statistical performances while McCown was under center with the Browns, especially in 2015.

Category: Transactions


Seth DeValve had a memorable game on Thursday night against the Ravens. The rookie tight end caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cody Kessler. It was the only score the Browns' offense mustered as they lost to Baltimore 28-7.

Fantasy Impact: DeValve has now made two catches for 30 yards on the year as Cleveland's third-string tight end. The former college wide receiver is plenty athletic and is worth keeping an eye on in deep dynasty leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Connor Hamlett had a memorable first game, catching one pass for 17 yards and a touchdown. The Browns went on to lose to New England, 33-13.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie tight end's first career catch certainly was a memorable one. Hamlett actually drew a red zone target on the play before his score, but he failed to haul the pass in. It wouldn't have mattered, though, as the play ended up being nullified by offensive holding. He bounced back to score on a great pass from Charlie Whitehurst.

Category: Game Recaps


Rob Housler placed on IR

Thu, Nov 5th 2:57pm EST
By Steven Sullivan

Browns placed TE Rob Housler on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

Fantasy Impact: Houser was signed to a one-year, $1.76 million contract in the offseason. He didn't do anything in camp or preseason and was a weekly non-factor the first half of the season, catching one ball for six yards.

Category: Injury Updates


Jim Dray recorded one reception for 13 yards on three targets in Sundays loss to the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Jim Dray is seen as more of a blocking tight end for the Cleveland Browns however, he managed 13 receiving yards on three targets in the loss. Dray will see plenty of time on the field as the Browns continue to run the ball which could lead to more receptions for the tight end. Dray is listed as the No. 2 TE on the Browns depth chart.

Category: Game Recaps


Anthony Ezeakunne waived

Wed, Sep 2nd 4:10pm EDT
By Steven Sullivan

Cleveland Browns have waived TE Anthony Ezeakunne.

Fantasy Impact: The Browns have waived Anthony Ezeakunne. As it stands, the stable of tight ends in Cleveland is crowded leaving little room for the undrafted rookie behind the wealth of veterans.

Category: Transactions


Jordan Cameron signs a two-year deal worth $15 million. There were reports that Cameron was going back to Cleveland, but the Dolphins offered him the same contract before he left town. Done. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Cameron is a player that brings with him big play potential. He also brings health concerns right along with him: he has had three concussions in three seasons. He has started 31 games with the Browns. However, he only played in just 10 last season due to his third concussion. Keep in mind that the Dolphins have not pulled the transition tag from Charles Clay. It's possible that the Dolphins could end up with both Clay and Cameron which would make for a pretty dangerous tandem for OC Lazor to scheme with.

Category: Transactions


Dolphins sign Ryan Taylor

Wed, Feb 11th 12:22pm EST
By Reginald James

Taylor is a former seventh-round draft pick from North Carolina drafted by Green Bay in 2001. He spent three seasons with them before moving on to Baltimore and finally to Cleveland where he was released in December. He has eight career receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown in 58 games (two starts in Green Bay). (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: This is move for pre-camp depth with a player who has history with Philbin. The Dolphins are likely to re-sign Charles Clay, and Dion Sims is a capable backup, who also plays in packages along with Clay. Taylor joins the next guy on the chart, Arthur Lynch, last year’s fifth round pick who spent the season on the injured reserve list.


Patrick Murray hit from 35 yards out and added an extra point for four points total.

Fantasy Impact: The Browns don't figure to score much, at least early in the season, so you likely have better options at kicker.

Category: Game Recaps


ESPN Cleveland columnist Tony Grossi believes that undrafted free agent kicker Brad Craddock could push Travis Coons for the Browns' starting kicker position (Source: ESPN Cleveland)

Fantasy Impact: Craddock converted 81.4% of his field goal attempts in four college seasons while receiving the Lou Groza Award in 2014 as the nation’s outstanding kicker. More importantly, he has never had a field goal blocked, whereas Coons had four of his blocked just last year. For now, Coons should be considered the favorite, but Craddock will make this a true battle in training camp.


Cleveland Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor has called the kicking competition between Carey Spear and Travis Coons "neck and neck". (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Neither will likely be worth stashing on rosters, regardless of who wins the competition. Feel free to look elsewhere for a kicker.


Cundiff has been really consistent over his past 2 games since the bye week, nailing 100% of his field goals and all seven extra point attempts.

Fantasy Impact: He has hit all of his attempts and has an extremely favorable match up against the Jaguars. If the Browns get up early they will start to settle for kicks, and considering how he has been kicking lately he should have no trouble filling in for your starter this week.


The Browns Defense was terrible against the Patriots, as expected. They gave up 33 points and didn't cause a turnover.

Fantasy Impact: Most weren't starting the Browns Defense anyway, and the result was no surprise. The unit is no better than a matchup based streaming option at this point.

Category: Game Recaps


The Cleveland Browns and pass rusher Myles Garrett have agreed to terms on a four-year deal on Friday. (Source: May Kay Cabot on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has signed his rookie deal on Friday. Garrett agreed to a four-year contract with the Browns. He'll immediately start and make an impact on a Browns defense desperate for help rushing the passer and creating turnovers.

Category: Transactions


The Cleveland Browns have released defensive back Tramon Williams on Tuesday. (Source: Cleveland Browns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns are beginning to clean house. They cut ties with Williams and Josh McCown on Tuesday -- two veterans on the wrong side of 30. Williams appeared in 12 games in 2016, accumulating 36 total tackles, one interception and five defended passes while playing at both cornerback and safety. His ability to play both positions in the defensive backfield could hep him find a job for the 2017 campaign.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cleveland Browns and linebacker Jamie Collins have agreed to terms on a four-year, $50 million deal that includes $26 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Collins began the 2016 season with the Patriots, only to be dealt to Cleveland on Oct. 31 for a mid-round draft pick. Finishing the season with 112 total tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles, Collins continues to prove he's one of the premier linebackers in the NFL, and an essential piece of Cleveland's future.

Category: Transactions


Outside linebacker Paul Kruger was cut by the Cleveland Browns yesterday, but currently has visits lined up with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Kruger was mentioned as a possible cut earlier in the offseason, but nothing came of it until now. Easily the best pass rusher on the market, the Saints and Chiefs are both wise to kick the tires on the veteran. The Chiefs, in particular, could use Kruger as part of a stop-gap solution until Justin Houston (ACL) returns.

Category: Transactions


Andy Lee traded to Panthers

Mon, Aug 29th 5:43pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

CAR

The Carolina Panthers have traded P Kasey Redfern and a fourth round draft pick in 2018 to the Cleveland Browns for P Andy Lee. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns and Panthers swapped punters just under two weeks away from the 2016 season. Lee is a 12-year veteran in the NFL and has never missed a game in his career.

Category: Transactions


Outside linebacker and former sixth-overall pick Barkevious Mingo has been traded by the Cleveland Browns to the New England Patriots, according to reports. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No word yet on what the Browns received in return, but it is likely no more than a mid-round pick. Mingo has failed to live up to his draft pedigree, notching only seven sacks in three years with the Browns. Still, the Patriots have struck oil with less talented players than Mingo. He will help provide some juice to a Patriots' pass rush that is lacking.

Category: Transactions


Desmond Bryant out 2016 season

Tue, Jul 12th 11:18pm EDT
By Israel Katz

CLE

Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant is likely to miss the 2016 season due to a torn pectoral muscle. (Source: CBS Cleveland)

Fantasy Impact: The recovery time for a torn pectoral muscle is about 5-6 months which would mean that Bryant would miss the 2016 season. This is a rough hit for the Browns defense as Bryant was one of the few bright spots last season. Mark it down and move on. Tough loss.

Category: Injury Updates


Cleveland Browns safety Ibraheim Campbell will be a starter for the team in 2016, along with Jordan Poyer. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Fantasy Impact: Campbell will play the more fantasy-friendly strong safety position, while Poyer plays free safety. Campbell figures to see plenty of tackle opportunities, so he could make for a nice value as an DB2 in IDP leagues this year.


Joe Haden continues to be without a clear time frame on his return from offseason ankle surgery, but he told reporters that he's determined not to miss any regular season games as a result of the procedure. (Source: Akron Beacon Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Haden added that he's not sure about his status for training camp. As we've seen with players that miss time in the preseason, for injury or other reasons, if they attempt to return to games too quickly they can re-injure themselves. The Browns aren't quite as publically optimistic about Haden's return for Week 1, so owners will want to monitor his status moving forward.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cleveland Browns released outside linebacker Scott Solomon. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Solomon was originally re-signed on a one-year, $1.671 million contract as a restricted free agent, but the addition of rookies Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib made him expendable. Having played only 33 snaps last year and coming off a knee injury, it isn't a guarantee he latches on elsewhere.


Speaking to the media today, Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Christian Kirksey said he is ready to take the next step and become an every-down player on defense. (Source: Nate Ulrich on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This has been the thought ever since the team released Karlos Dansby. Many believe newly-signed Demario Davis will assume Dansby's role, but Kirksey could be the sneaky bet to post the better stats in 2016. Get him on your IDP radar.


The Cleveland Browns released veteran safety Donte Whitner on Saturday. (Source: Cleveland Browns Official Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Donte Whitner is the latest departure from Cleveland this offseason. Whitner should not have a hard time finding a job. The 10-year veteran played in 14 games in 2015 and finished the year with 81 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and four pass deflections. Whitner will bring experience and leadership along with his solid play to whichever team signs him for 2016.

Category: Transactions


According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns have "informed" LB Karlos Dansby of his release on Wednesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Karlos Dansby is a 12-year veteran of the NFL. Dansby should catch-on with another franchise but may have to wait until the first wave of injuries occurs around the league to find a new suitor. Dansby finished 2015 with 109 total tackles, three interceptions, two touchdowns, three forced fumbles and six passes defended.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Alex Mack has voided his current contract with the Cleveland Browns and will test the free agent market. Mack had three years remaining on his deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alex Mack could make a return to Cleveland under different terms, but it is likely he will receive his payday elsewhere. Mack's name has been linked to the Jaguars earlier in the month when this story originally broke.

Category: Transactions


K'Waun Williams ended his 2015 season on a strong note, making four solo tackles against Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Impact: Williams was pressed into extra playing time with both Joe Haden and Tramon Williams sidelined by concussions. He finishes the year with 39 combined tackles, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Category: Game Recaps


Pierre Desir was second on the Browns in tackles in Week 17. He was credited with five solo stops in the game.

Fantasy Impact: The cornerback wraps up his second year with 37 tackles and five passes defended in 14 games played. He saw additional playing time with Joe Haden hurt for a majority of the season. He's not on the IDP league radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Jordan Poyer made in impact in the last game of the 2017 season. He made four tackles (three solo) and also added an interception.

Fantasy Impact: Poyer enjoyed playing against Roethlisberger as he intercepted the Pittsburgh quarterback in their first meeting as well. He finishes the year with 43 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, and one fumble recovery. The third-year cornerback is not on the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Craig Robertson had an excellent day in Week 17 against the Steelers. He made three solo tackles and also had an interception and a fumble recovery.

Fantasy Impact: The fourth-year linebacker ends the season fifth on the team with 59 combined tackles. He also added one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Category: Game Recaps


Charles Gaines was second on the Browns with four solo tackles against the Chiefs in Week 16.

Fantasy Impact: Pressed into action with Joe Haden sidelined for the season, the rookie is up to 15 solo tackles in six games played. He also has one forced fumble and two passes defended. He will likely go back to a reserve role in 2016 if Joe Haden is fully healthy.

Category: Game Recaps


Rookie Nate Orchard had one of the best games of his young career against the Chiefs. He made two solo tackles and added one sack and one interception.

Fantasy Impact: The interception was the first of his career and came off of notoriously cautious Alex Smith, who has thrown just five all season. Orchard is up to 33 combined tackles and three sacks on the season. He's worth a look in deep IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Danny Shelton had a career-high in tackles in Week 15, making seven stops (four solo). One of those tackles went for a loss.

Fantasy Impact: The 2015 first-round draft pick is up to 33 tackles on the season while anchoring the middle of the team's defense. He will take on the Chiefs in Week 16.

Category: Game Recaps


Tashaun Gipson was second on the Browns in tackles in Week 15 against the Seahawks. He made nine combined stops, five of which were solo.

Fantasy Impact: Gipson is up to 54 tackles in 11 games this season, but has only two interceptions after having six last year. He's still an excellent option in leagues which require you to start defensive backs.

Category: Game Recaps


Armonty Bryant tied for the team lead in sacks in Week 14, getting to Blaine Gabbert twice. In the game he was also credited with seven solo tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant, a pass rushing specialist, had his finest game of the season. He's up to 37 combined tackles and 5.5 sacks on the year. He will take on the Seahawks next week and face off against a Seattle offensive line that has been playing better lately.

Category: Game Recaps


Justin Gilbert made his first start of the year at cornerback on Monday night. He made one solo tackle before departing in the second half with a concussion.

Fantasy Impact: Gilbert sustained the concussion on a kick return and did not return. The former first-round pick continues to disappoint, but at least his start on Monday was a step in the right direction. He will have a tough time getting cleared in time for his Week 13 game against Cincinnati.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Johnson Bademosi saw additional playing time on Sunday as he filled in for a concussed Donte Whitner. He made six tackles (four solo) in the contest and also recovered a fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Bademosi will likely start for Whitner as the team is playing Cincinnati on Thursday. He's worth a pick-up in IDP leagues if you are in need of a defensive back spot-starter.

Category: Game Recaps


Twelfth-year veteran Randy Starks picked up his first sack of the season for the Browns on Sunday against the Rams. He made two tackles (one solo) in the game as well.

Fantasy Impact: Starks, in his first season as a Brown after coming over from Miami, is now up to 42 career sacks. He's also made 17 combined tackles for the Browns this season.

Category: Game Recaps


John Hughes had a big day for the Browns. He logged four tackles (one solo) and one and one-half sacks in the game against the Titans.

Fantasy Impact: Hughes teamed up with Armonty Bryant to wreck havoc in Tennessee's backfield. The fourth-year pro should continue to see playing time on Cleveland's defensive line.

Category: Game Recaps


According to Pro Football Focus, Jamie Meder graded out as the team's top preseason player. He will open the season as a backup on the team's defensive line. (Source: ESPN Cleveland)

Fantasy Impact: This is likely one reason Meder made the final 53-man roster. It should be noted that most of his playing time came against backups, but Meder's accomplishment is noteworthy nonetheless. He's worth monitoring in deep IDP leagues in case he carves out a substantial role with the team.


Phil Taylor cut by Browns

Tue, Sep 1st 7:14pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

WAS

In somewhat of a surprise, Phil Taylor was released by the Browns Tuesday afternoon. Taylor's salary will still be on the team's books in 2015 as it became guaranteed in March. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer )

Fantasy Impact: Taylor should have no problem catching on with another team, but he simply became expendable with the drafting of Danny Shelton. Taylor represented the last remaining draft pick that came over in the 2011 draft day trade that netted the Falcons Julio Jones.


Billy Winn back at practice

Sat, Aug 15th 11:40am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

DEN

Billy Winn is back at practice after suffering a sprained ankle early in training camp. (Source: Pat McManamon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Winn's return will be a welcome sight for the Browns as the defensive line depth should be one of the strengths of the team.

Category: Injury Updates


Cleveland Browns RG Cameron Erving, the 19th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, is expected to win a starting guard position over incumbent John Greco, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. Greco would then provide depth at all five OL positions. (Source: Akron Beacon Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Erving will help bolster a Browns offensive line that only allowed its runners to gain 3.6 Yds/A on the ground. His presence on the interior is a boon to RBs Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson and Terrance West, who will lead a rushing attack which should be amongst the league leaders in carries to compensate for an anemic passing game.

Category: Rumors


The New England Patriots have signed OLB/DE Jabaal Sheard to a two-year $11 million deal.

Fantasy Impact: Jabaal Sheard played in 2014 for the Cleveland Brown's and will now be joining the reigning champions in New England. Sheard's best position is end on a base 4-3 which may give a hint into the defensive scheme look this year for the Patriots with a revamped defense that just lost Revis and Wilfork. Sheard was coveted by the Patriots in 2011 and will look to help bolster a Patriots pass rush that racked up 40 sacks last season.


Buster Skrine and the Browns are unlikely to get a contract done before free agency opens this Tuesday. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Browns would like Skrine back, but that may not be a possibility at this point. The Browns would need Justin Gilbert to prove he's not a bust in a hurry next season if Skrine ends up elsewhere.


The Cleveland Browns and pass rusher Myles Garrett have agreed to terms on a four-year deal on Friday. (Source: May Kay Cabot on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has signed his rookie deal on Friday. Garrett agreed to a four-year contract with the Browns. He'll immediately start and make an impact on a Browns defense desperate for help rushing the passer and creating turnovers.

Category: Transactions


Desmond Bryant out 2016 season

Tue, Jul 12th 11:18pm EDT
By Israel Katz

CLE

Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant is likely to miss the 2016 season due to a torn pectoral muscle. (Source: CBS Cleveland)

Fantasy Impact: The recovery time for a torn pectoral muscle is about 5-6 months which would mean that Bryant would miss the 2016 season. This is a rough hit for the Browns defense as Bryant was one of the few bright spots last season. Mark it down and move on. Tough loss.

Category: Injury Updates


Danny Shelton had a career-high in tackles in Week 15, making seven stops (four solo). One of those tackles went for a loss.

Fantasy Impact: The 2015 first-round draft pick is up to 33 tackles on the season while anchoring the middle of the team's defense. He will take on the Chiefs in Week 16.

Category: Game Recaps


Armonty Bryant tied for the team lead in sacks in Week 14, getting to Blaine Gabbert twice. In the game he was also credited with seven solo tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant, a pass rushing specialist, had his finest game of the season. He's up to 37 combined tackles and 5.5 sacks on the year. He will take on the Seahawks next week and face off against a Seattle offensive line that has been playing better lately.

Category: Game Recaps


Twelfth-year veteran Randy Starks picked up his first sack of the season for the Browns on Sunday against the Rams. He made two tackles (one solo) in the game as well.

Fantasy Impact: Starks, in his first season as a Brown after coming over from Miami, is now up to 42 career sacks. He's also made 17 combined tackles for the Browns this season.

Category: Game Recaps


John Hughes had a big day for the Browns. He logged four tackles (one solo) and one and one-half sacks in the game against the Titans.

Fantasy Impact: Hughes teamed up with Armonty Bryant to wreck havoc in Tennessee's backfield. The fourth-year pro should continue to see playing time on Cleveland's defensive line.

Category: Game Recaps


According to Pro Football Focus, Jamie Meder graded out as the team's top preseason player. He will open the season as a backup on the team's defensive line. (Source: ESPN Cleveland)

Fantasy Impact: This is likely one reason Meder made the final 53-man roster. It should be noted that most of his playing time came against backups, but Meder's accomplishment is noteworthy nonetheless. He's worth monitoring in deep IDP leagues in case he carves out a substantial role with the team.


Phil Taylor cut by Browns

Tue, Sep 1st 7:14pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

WAS

In somewhat of a surprise, Phil Taylor was released by the Browns Tuesday afternoon. Taylor's salary will still be on the team's books in 2015 as it became guaranteed in March. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer )

Fantasy Impact: Taylor should have no problem catching on with another team, but he simply became expendable with the drafting of Danny Shelton. Taylor represented the last remaining draft pick that came over in the 2011 draft day trade that netted the Falcons Julio Jones.


Billy Winn back at practice

Sat, Aug 15th 11:40am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

DEN

Billy Winn is back at practice after suffering a sprained ankle early in training camp. (Source: Pat McManamon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Winn's return will be a welcome sight for the Browns as the defensive line depth should be one of the strengths of the team.

Category: Injury Updates


The New England Patriots have signed OLB/DE Jabaal Sheard to a two-year $11 million deal.

Fantasy Impact: Jabaal Sheard played in 2014 for the Cleveland Brown's and will now be joining the reigning champions in New England. Sheard's best position is end on a base 4-3 which may give a hint into the defensive scheme look this year for the Patriots with a revamped defense that just lost Revis and Wilfork. Sheard was coveted by the Patriots in 2011 and will look to help bolster a Patriots pass rush that racked up 40 sacks last season.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cleveland Browns and linebacker Jamie Collins have agreed to terms on a four-year, $50 million deal that includes $26 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Collins began the 2016 season with the Patriots, only to be dealt to Cleveland on Oct. 31 for a mid-round draft pick. Finishing the season with 112 total tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles, Collins continues to prove he's one of the premier linebackers in the NFL, and an essential piece of Cleveland's future.

Category: Transactions


Outside linebacker Paul Kruger was cut by the Cleveland Browns yesterday, but currently has visits lined up with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Kruger was mentioned as a possible cut earlier in the offseason, but nothing came of it until now. Easily the best pass rusher on the market, the Saints and Chiefs are both wise to kick the tires on the veteran. The Chiefs, in particular, could use Kruger as part of a stop-gap solution until Justin Houston (ACL) returns.

Category: Transactions


Outside linebacker and former sixth-overall pick Barkevious Mingo has been traded by the Cleveland Browns to the New England Patriots, according to reports. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No word yet on what the Browns received in return, but it is likely no more than a mid-round pick. Mingo has failed to live up to his draft pedigree, notching only seven sacks in three years with the Browns. Still, the Patriots have struck oil with less talented players than Mingo. He will help provide some juice to a Patriots' pass rush that is lacking.

Category: Transactions


The Cleveland Browns released outside linebacker Scott Solomon. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Solomon was originally re-signed on a one-year, $1.671 million contract as a restricted free agent, but the addition of rookies Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib made him expendable. Having played only 33 snaps last year and coming off a knee injury, it isn't a guarantee he latches on elsewhere.


Speaking to the media today, Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Christian Kirksey said he is ready to take the next step and become an every-down player on defense. (Source: Nate Ulrich on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This has been the thought ever since the team released Karlos Dansby. Many believe newly-signed Demario Davis will assume Dansby's role, but Kirksey could be the sneaky bet to post the better stats in 2016. Get him on your IDP radar.


According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns have "informed" LB Karlos Dansby of his release on Wednesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Karlos Dansby is a 12-year veteran of the NFL. Dansby should catch-on with another franchise but may have to wait until the first wave of injuries occurs around the league to find a new suitor. Dansby finished 2015 with 109 total tackles, three interceptions, two touchdowns, three forced fumbles and six passes defended.

Category: Transactions


Craig Robertson had an excellent day in Week 17 against the Steelers. He made three solo tackles and also had an interception and a fumble recovery.

Fantasy Impact: The fourth-year linebacker ends the season fifth on the team with 59 combined tackles. He also added one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Category: Game Recaps


Rookie Nate Orchard had one of the best games of his young career against the Chiefs. He made two solo tackles and added one sack and one interception.

Fantasy Impact: The interception was the first of his career and came off of notoriously cautious Alex Smith, who has thrown just five all season. Orchard is up to 33 combined tackles and three sacks on the season. He's worth a look in deep IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


The Cleveland Browns have released defensive back Tramon Williams on Tuesday. (Source: Cleveland Browns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns are beginning to clean house. They cut ties with Williams and Josh McCown on Tuesday -- two veterans on the wrong side of 30. Williams appeared in 12 games in 2016, accumulating 36 total tackles, one interception and five defended passes while playing at both cornerback and safety. His ability to play both positions in the defensive backfield could hep him find a job for the 2017 campaign.

Category: Transactions


Cleveland Browns safety Ibraheim Campbell will be a starter for the team in 2016, along with Jordan Poyer. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Fantasy Impact: Campbell will play the more fantasy-friendly strong safety position, while Poyer plays free safety. Campbell figures to see plenty of tackle opportunities, so he could make for a nice value as an DB2 in IDP leagues this year.


Joe Haden continues to be without a clear time frame on his return from offseason ankle surgery, but he told reporters that he's determined not to miss any regular season games as a result of the procedure. (Source: Akron Beacon Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Haden added that he's not sure about his status for training camp. As we've seen with players that miss time in the preseason, for injury or other reasons, if they attempt to return to games too quickly they can re-injure themselves. The Browns aren't quite as publically optimistic about Haden's return for Week 1, so owners will want to monitor his status moving forward.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cleveland Browns released veteran safety Donte Whitner on Saturday. (Source: Cleveland Browns Official Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Donte Whitner is the latest departure from Cleveland this offseason. Whitner should not have a hard time finding a job. The 10-year veteran played in 14 games in 2015 and finished the year with 81 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and four pass deflections. Whitner will bring experience and leadership along with his solid play to whichever team signs him for 2016.

Category: Transactions


K'Waun Williams ended his 2015 season on a strong note, making four solo tackles against Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Impact: Williams was pressed into extra playing time with both Joe Haden and Tramon Williams sidelined by concussions. He finishes the year with 39 combined tackles, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Category: Game Recaps


Pierre Desir was second on the Browns in tackles in Week 17. He was credited with five solo stops in the game.

Fantasy Impact: The cornerback wraps up his second year with 37 tackles and five passes defended in 14 games played. He saw additional playing time with Joe Haden hurt for a majority of the season. He's not on the IDP league radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Jordan Poyer made in impact in the last game of the 2017 season. He made four tackles (three solo) and also added an interception.

Fantasy Impact: Poyer enjoyed playing against Roethlisberger as he intercepted the Pittsburgh quarterback in their first meeting as well. He finishes the year with 43 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, and one fumble recovery. The third-year cornerback is not on the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Charles Gaines was second on the Browns with four solo tackles against the Chiefs in Week 16.

Fantasy Impact: Pressed into action with Joe Haden sidelined for the season, the rookie is up to 15 solo tackles in six games played. He also has one forced fumble and two passes defended. He will likely go back to a reserve role in 2016 if Joe Haden is fully healthy.

Category: Game Recaps


Tashaun Gipson was second on the Browns in tackles in Week 15 against the Seahawks. He made nine combined stops, five of which were solo.

Fantasy Impact: Gipson is up to 54 tackles in 11 games this season, but has only two interceptions after having six last year. He's still an excellent option in leagues which require you to start defensive backs.

Category: Game Recaps


Justin Gilbert made his first start of the year at cornerback on Monday night. He made one solo tackle before departing in the second half with a concussion.

Fantasy Impact: Gilbert sustained the concussion on a kick return and did not return. The former first-round pick continues to disappoint, but at least his start on Monday was a step in the right direction. He will have a tough time getting cleared in time for his Week 13 game against Cincinnati.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Johnson Bademosi saw additional playing time on Sunday as he filled in for a concussed Donte Whitner. He made six tackles (four solo) in the contest and also recovered a fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Bademosi will likely start for Whitner as the team is playing Cincinnati on Thursday. He's worth a pick-up in IDP leagues if you are in need of a defensive back spot-starter.

Category: Game Recaps


Buster Skrine and the Browns are unlikely to get a contract done before free agency opens this Tuesday. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Browns would like Skrine back, but that may not be a possibility at this point. The Browns would need Justin Gilbert to prove he's not a bust in a hurry next season if Skrine ends up elsewhere.