Cleveland Browns

AFC North

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens says Duke Johnson's trade request "doesn't matter" to him. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has been underutilized for years with the Browns and requested a trade following the Kareem Hunt signing. He also skipped OTAs but Kitchens reminded reporters that Johnson is still under contract with the Browns. It's probably he has a role in the passing game while Hunt serves his eight game suspension. Once Hunt returns, however, Johnson will likely revert to a lesser role.

Scott Petrak of expects Nick Chubb to remain Cleveland's starting running back even when Kareem Hunt is eligible to return from his eight-game suspension. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Chubb was being drafted in the late-first round of off-season fantasy drafts before the Hunt signing. His arrival certainly complicates things, but Chubb will have eight weeks to establish himself as a focal point of what should be an explosive Cleveland offense. Hunt's looming return could actually wind up making Chubb a value in fantasy drafts by mid-summer.

The Browns and Chiefs struck a deal Monday afternoon that sends pass-rusher Emmanuel Ogbah to Kansas City in exchange for safety Eric Murray. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Ogbah will help fill the void created by the recent release of Justin Houston and trade of Dee Ford to the 49ers. The Browns no longer had a need for Ogbah with the acquisition of Olivier Vernon in early March. The newest Chief has 12.5 career sacks in three seasons. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Category: Transactions

Odell Beckham Jr. is present for Cleveland's voluntary workouts that began Monday. (Source: Cleveland Browns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns begin OTAs two weeks before the Giants so Beckham had to change his schedule to be present. He's in a much better fantasy situation with Baker Mayfield as his quarterback in what should be an explosive Cleveland offense. The 26-year-old deserves to be one of the first receivers to come off draft boards this summer. It wouldn't be a surprise at all if he finished 2019 as the overall WR1 in fantasy.

Kareem Hunt suspended 8 games

Fri, Mar 15th 10:07am EDT
By Mike Tagliere

According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, Browns running back Kareem Hunt has been suspended eight games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: We've been waiting for the suspension to come down and it was a minimum of six games, so this isn't a big surprise. Considering the nature of the crime, it's unlikely Hunt appeals, though it's possible he tries to knock it down to six games. The Browns don't really need him with Nick Chubb on the roster, though he does provide great depth for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations. Knowing there's no guaranteed role when he comes back from suspension, Hunt isn't worth a draft pick in redraft leagues with his eight-game suspension.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

It was reported on Tuesday that wide receiver Breshad Perriman had agreed to re-sign with the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal. However, with the Browns trading for New York's Odell Beckham Jr. later in the day, the Browns and Perriman have agreed not to follow through on their verbal agreement, according to Adam Schefter. Perriman will instead be signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay still has wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as they work on their new-look offense under head coach Bruce Arians, but they no longer have DeSean Jackson, who was recently traded to the Philadephia Eagles. Perriman will presumably have a shot at claiming the No. 3 wide receiver position with the Bucs.

Category: Transactions

Tyrod Taylor is reportedly a "top target" of the Dolphins. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins could also address the position via the Draft. Taylor could find himself in a similar situation as last year where he entered the season playing in front of QB of the future Baker Mayfield. While Taylor could be an interesting streaming option or early 2QB league target given the work he does on the ground, it's unclear at this point if he'll even enter the season as a starting QB in the NFL.

Category: Rumors

The Browns released veteran linebacker Jamie Collins Wednesday afternoon. The move gives the team an added $9.25 million in cap space. “We want to thank Jamie for his contributions to the Cleveland Browns,” General Manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “These types of decisions are never easy. Jamie is a respected veteran player in this league and we wish him the best as he continues his career.” (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Browns had been trying to trade Collins going all the way back to the 2018 trade deadline. With no interested teams and Collins unwilling to take a pay cut, Cleveland decided to part ways Wednesday afternoon. Collins, who arrived in Cleveland via trade from the Patriots in 2016, had two years remaining on his contract and was due $10 million in 2019. He had 104 tackles, four sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 2018.

Category: Transactions

New Browns head coach Freddie Kitch confirmed he will still call the offensive plays in 2019. (Source: Nate Ulrich on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kitchens did a phenomenal job as interim offensive coordinator last season, and he will keep play calling duties as head coach this year. The Browns also just hired former Bucs OC Todd Monken who will be an excellent resource for Kitchens. Monken has a background in the air raid offense, which will be good for Baker Mayfield's fantasy output.

Browns linebacker Joe Schobert recorded a team-high 13 tackles (10 solo) in Sunday’s 26-24 loss to the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: It was a strong finish to a solid season for Schobert who ends 2018 with 102 tackles, three sacks, one interception, and six passes defensed in 14 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett recorded one sack in Sunday’s 26-24 loss to the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: Garrett finishes 2018 with 44 tackles and 13.5 sacks in 16 games this season. He’s one of the best young pass rushers in the game and should be a highly sought after DE in IDP leagues for the 2019 season.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Browns kicker Greg Joseph made 1-of-2 field goals and all three of his extra point attempts in a 26-24 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Joseph, an undrafted rookie, finishes the 2018 season with 17 field goals in 20 attempts and four missed extra points. Upgrading the kicker position should be on the offseason shopping list for Cleveland.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku caught three passes for 62 yards in a 26-24 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Njoku came close to scoring in the fourth quarter but officials ruled he didn't maintain possession on what appeared to be a touchdown catch in the end zone. The second-year tight end finishes the 2018 season with 56 catches for 639 yards and four touchdowns. He can be expected to take another big step forward in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins caught four passes for 86 yards in his team's 26-24 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Higgins finished second on the team in receiving in the finale. The third-year receiver finishes his 2018 campaign with 39 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns. He makes for a deep stash in dynasty leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway turned in a big game in his team's 26-24 loss to the Ravens in Week 17. Callaway caught 4-of-7 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Callaway's one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter made it a one-score game. He finishes his rookie season with 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns. Still just 21, he should be much-improved in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry cuaght 5-of-9 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown in his team's 26-24 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Landry finishes his first season in Cleveland with 81 catches, 976 yards, and four touchdowns. While Landry wasn't the high-volume receiver he was in years past, he and quarterback Baker Mayfield should take a step forward in 2019 with more experience playing together. Landry is a buy-low candidate in dynasty leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 23-of-42 passes for 376 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in a 26-24 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Mayfield finishes his rookie season with 3,725 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. His 27th touchdown pass broke an NFL rookie record, previously held by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson. Mayfield will head into the 2019 season as a low-end QB1 in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 17’s game against the Ravens. (Source: Nate Ulrich on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Ward missed both Week 14 and 15 due to a concussion but returned in Week 16 when he suffered another concussion. It’s a tough end to a great rookie season for Ward who was named to the Pro Bowl last week. He finishes with 53 tackles, 11 passes defensed, three interceptions and one forced fumble.

Category: Injury Updates

Browns defensive back Jarbrill Peppers did not practice Thursday due to a neck injury. (Source: Nate Ulrich on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Peppers was a new addition to the Browns’ injury report after being a full participant Wednesday. It’s unclear how or when he sustained the neck injury and if he will be forced to miss any time beyond Thursday’s session. Friday’s final injury report should provide a better indication of his status for Sunday’s game against the Bengals.

Category: Injury Updates

The Browns activated defensive back Terrance Mitchell (wrist) from injured reserve Friday. Tight end Pharaoh Brown (shoulder) was placed on IR to make room on the active roster. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Mitchell fractured his wrist September 30 against the Raiders and was designated for return from IR on November 21st. Week 14 is the first week he was eligible to play in a game and it appears he will do just that against the Panthers. Before landing on IR, Mitchell recorded 19 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception in four starts.

Category: Injury Updates