Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

AFC North

DeShone Kizer completed 16 of 32 passes for 179 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Browns' Week 11 loss to the Jaguars. He was sacked 5 times for a loss of 45 yards, and fumbled three times, losing two. Kizer also rushed five times for 22 yards.

Fantasy Impact: This was a bad day for the passing attack, as it was snowing in Cleveland, and there were high winds. Not much can be gleaned from a bad Cleveland passing attack being shut down by an elite Jacksonville passing defense in horrible weather, but Kizer is still not usable in fantasy even in ideal conditions. Kizer played decently at times, and still has promise moving forward for Cleveland, but not for fantasy this year. As a side note, three of Kizer's four turnovers came in the 4th quarter as the Browns were trying to put together a game-tying or go-ahead drive, so their importance should not be overstated. However, Kizer is still raw and not reliable for fantasy, nor a strong NFL QB yet. The Browns travel to Cincinnati next week, which won't likely yield a huge day for the passing attack.

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David Njoku saw just one target in the Browns' Week 11 loss to the Jaguars. He caught it for a 13 yard gain.

Fantasy Impact: This was a bad day for the passing attack, as it was snowing in Cleveland, and there were high winds. Not much can be gleaned from a bad Cleveland passing attack being shut down by an elite Jacksonville passing defense in horrible weather, but Njoku is still not consistent enough for weekly use in fantasy even in ideal conditions. He is still, of course, the higher upside TE stash in Cleveland, but only really for Dynasty formats.

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Seth DeValve recorded one catch for five yards on three targets in the Browns' Week 11 loss to the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: This was a bad day for the passing attack, as it was snowing in Cleveland, and there were high winds. Not much can be gleaned from a bad Cleveland passing attack being shut down by an elite Jacksonville passing defense in horrible weather, but DeValve is still not usable in fantasy even in ideal conditions.

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With Corey Coleman back healthy again, Ricardo Louis saw just four targets Sunday, catching only one pass for 15 yards.

Fantasy Impact: The demise of the fantasy value of Louis is quickly coming. He is now serving as DeShone Kizer's second option, which doesn't offer much fantasy upside anytime soon. Things get worse for Louis as Josh Gordon is expected to make his season debut with the Browns week 13. Louis is now droppable at this point and will not have a big role with the Browns as the season is quickly coming to an end.

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Corey Coleman saw a team-high 11 targets during the Browns' loss to the Jaguars on Sunday. He caught six of them for 80 yards.

Fantasy Impact: This was the spark the Browns were waiting for from the receiver position. Now fully healthy again, Coleman returns as being the clear number-one option in this offense. Now that bye weeks are over with, it is tough to trust Coleman as a viable fantasy starter moving forward, though he may have appeal as a low-end WR3.

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The Cleveland Browns D/ST played well against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. They held the Jaguars to 19 points while sacking Blake Bortles twice and recovering one fumble.

Fantasy Impact: The Cleveland defense only allowed the Jaguar offense to score 13 points but a DeShone Kizer fumble resulted in a defensive touchdown for Jacksonville. Cleveland will look to rebound against the Bengals in Week 12.

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Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson turned in a solid game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. He carried the ball twice for 10 yards but was able to reel in four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. It was his team's only score as they went on to lose to the Jaguars 19-7.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson continues to be one of the few weapons the Browns boast on offense. His 27-yard touchdown grab came with him lined up as a receiver in the slot. He will look to stay hot against the division rival Bengals in Week 12.

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Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell struggled mightily against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. He carried the ball 11 times for 18 yards and was not targeted in the passing game. The Browns went on to lose to the Jaguars, 19-7.

Fantasy Impact: Crowell was continually stuffed at or around the line of scrimmage on most of his carries. His longest run went for just five yards in what was a big letdown after he had scored two touchdowns in his previous two games. He will look to regroup in Week 12 against the Bengals.

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Cleveland linebacker James Burgess turned in a career game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. Burgess finished the game with 16 tackles, including three for a loss and a sack as the Browns lost 19-7.

Fantasy Impact: Burgess is filling in for injured starter Jamie Collins, who will be out for the remainder of the season. He is worth an immediate waiver add in deeper IDP leagues as he should continue to rack up tackles playing in the middle of the Cleveland defense.

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Randall Telfer left the Browns' Week 10 contest against the Lions with an eye injury, but was able to return to action later in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Nothing to see here. Telfer is mainly used for blocking and special teams, and is not a viable fantasy option in any formats. His absence may have increased snap counts for David Njoku and/or Seth DeValve, but is otherwise not significant for fantasy. His return to the game indicates that he probably won't miss any time.

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Cody Kessler came in to relieve DeShone Kizer, who left in the fourth quarter with an injury. Kessler completed one of his three pass attempts for five yards, and took three sacks for 22 yards.

Fantasy Impact: There are plenty of analysts who believe Kessler is the best option for the Browns moving forward, but he didn't live up to that expectation in this game, albeit in a very small sample. Kizer appears to be progressing well, and even if Kessler is the better option for the rest of this season (or if Kizer's injury holds him out and makes the choice for the Browns), Kessler is not a viable fantasy option, and is definitely not the long-term answer in Cleveland. He is best left on waivers in both redraft and dynasty formats.

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Cleveland linebacker Christian Kirksey led his team with seven tackles against the Lions in Week 10. He contributed one sack and four solo tackles as the Browns went on to lose to Detroit 38-24.

Fantasy Impact: Kirksey now has 74 total tackles along with 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. He remains a weekly source for tackles in IDP leagues.

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Kenny Britt saw just three targets all game during the loss to the Lions, but he caught two of them for 38 yards and a touchdown. The 38 yards receiving were the most he's had since Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: The bright spot for Britt came in the first quarter on Sunday when he scored his first touchdown since Week 3 from 19 yards out. It was one of the best performances he has had all season long, which is sad to say. It has been a very frustrating and difficult season for Britt in Cleveland, and he should remain on the waiver wire until we see more out of him.

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ESPN's Field Yates is reporting the NFL has reinstated Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon on Wednesday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Now that he is reinstated, Gordon will be eligible to play in an NFL game for the first time since the 2014 season. However, there are no guarantees he will ever get on the field. Although he is eligible to play starting in Week 13, the Browns still hold the cards on whether or not they will activate him. Still, due to his potential explosive upside, he is worth a look in deeper leagues as a ROS stash, bench size permitting.

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Cleveland Browns linebacker Joe Schobert led his team with 11 tackles in Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Browns went on to lose to the Vikings 33-16.

Fantasy Impact: Schobert also added a pass defended for good measure. He has been a fantastic source of tackles for IDP leagues this season, posting 70 total tackles through eight games. He's on bye in Week 9 before a Week 10 tilt against the Lions.


Zane Gonzalez has career day

Mon, Oct 23rd 4:52pm EDT
By Dan Harris

CLE

Zane Gonzalez hit all three of his field goal attempts on Sunday against the Titans, including a 54-yarder to send the game to overtime.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez is one of the worst kickers in fantasy, as the Browns rarely provide him with opportunities and are frequently playing from behind, forcing them to forgo opportunities. Outside of a league where you need to start more than one kicker, he shouldn't be rostered.

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett turned in a solid game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. He finished with four tackles, including his fourth sack of the season.

Fantasy Impact: This was Garrett's first game as a full-time player as the Browns brought him back slowly from a preseason high ankle sprain. He has been as advertised, logging 11 tackles and four sacks in his three games played. He will look to keep it going in Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Kasen Williams led the Browns with four catches for 41 yards in the Week 6 loss to the Texans. He was second on the team with 6 targets.

Fantasy Impact: Williams was still the WR3 in this game by snap count, playing 58% of the offensive snaps, which trailed Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins. However, Williams was targeted six times and was efficient on those targets. At this point, now Browns WR can be trusted for fantasy, but Williams is a name to know, especially for dynasty players, as he showcased very well in the preseason with Seattle and seems to be resurfacing with Cleveland given the injuries to the WR group. If Williams continues to play well, it's not impossible that he lines up alongside Corey Coleman next year, and perhaps Ricardo Louis for the rest of 2017.

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Rashard Higgins caught one of his two targets for 13 yards in the Browns' Week 6 loss to the Texans.

Fantasy Impact: Higgins had a quiet game despite playing 67% of the team's offensive snaps (second among WRs to Ricardo Louis). Higgins is not worth owning except in deep leagues at this point, as he seems to have been passed up as the WR1 on the team by Louis who had 7 targets, and is now battling for the WR2 spot with Kasen Williams, who was the second-highest targeted WR with 6 (playing 58% of the snaps). In an offense that can't sustain one reliable fantasy WR, Higgins is certainly not startable and most likely not worth a roster spot on your fantasy teams.

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Kevin Hogan completed 20 of 37 pass attempts for 140 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Browns' Week 6 loss to the Texans. He added five carries for 36 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Hogan came into this game with a bit of speculation that he could flash some upside, but he struggled against a Texans defense that should have been a plus matchup. Hogan is firmly off the fantasy radar after this performance, and the continued struggles of the Browns QBs limit the fantasy value of the receiving options. With Hogan under center, the target leaders were Ricardo Louis, Kasen Williams, and David Njoku, but none were able to produce much of value.

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