Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

AFC North

Zane Gonzalez did not attempt a field goal in Week 3 during a 31-28 loss to the Colts but did convert all four of his extra point attempts.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez is perfect for the season but has only attempted two field goals kicking for the weak Browns' offense. He will eventually get more attempts but is best left on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps


Randall Telfer caught his only target for four yards in Week 3 against the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Still nothing to see here. Telfer is buried on the depth chart behind Seth DeValve and David Njoku for any meaningful passing work. He should continue to remain on waivers in your fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


David Njoku found the end zone in Week 3 against the Colts, for his second straight game with a touchdown. Njoku caught two passes on four targets for 12 yards, including the touchdown grab.

Fantasy Impact: Njoku was out-targeted five to four by Seth DeValve, but continues to see the targets in or near the end zone, which are more valuable for fantasy. Njoku's floor is limited by the presence of DeValve, but his ceiling is proving to be much higher. Njoku is not a great streamer until his volume increases, but he is a decent dart throw if he continues to get looks in the red zone.

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Seth DeValve caught two passes on five targets for 29 yards with a long reception of 20 yards in Week 3 action against the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: DeValve is still not on the fantasy radar, as he continues to split time with rookie David Njoku, who is seeing more of the red zone and end zone targets. DeValve's floor and ceiling are both significantly limited by the presence of the more athletic Njoku.

Category: Game Recaps


DeShone Kizer completed 22 of 47 pass attempts against the Colts in Week 3 for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. He added seven rushing attempts for 44 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

Fantasy Impact: Kizer looked more poised than in previous starts. This is very likely due at least in part to his matchups, which were hard in Weeks 1 and 2, and much easier in Week 3, as the Colts were still without top secondary player Vontae Davis. Kizer is still in the back end of the QB2 discussion, but provides a nice floor and also nice upside with his legs. He can certainly be used in favorable matchups, as he showed against the Colts.

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Kenny Britt was hardly efficient, dropping another pass this week, but he led the Browns in targets in their first game without Corey Coleman. Britt reeled in an 11-yard touchdown, fighting through a pass interference call late in the 4th quarter. Nobody on the Browns looked good Sunday besides Duke Johnson.

Fantasy Impact: With Coleman out for several weeks, Britt should remain a cheap source of target volume, but will only be a flex option next week against the Bengals. He should remain a guy for DeShone Kizer to look more in the red zone so the touchdown upside might be there in the future.

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Rashard Higgins was a big name on the waiver wire for Week 3, but he didn't live up to his hype as he caught only two passes for just 10 yards. He did have six targets which were third on the team.

Fantasy Impact: Moving forward, Higgins is no more than a deep play dart throw. He should be a guy to stash on your bench right now and see what he does next week when he goes up against the Bengals.

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The Cleveland Browns defense disappointed in what looked like a plus matchup in Week 3. The team allowed the Colts to score 31 points, led by Jacoby Brissett, who was making just his second start for the team. Indianapolis went on to beat Cleveland 31-28.

Fantasy Impact: The Browns managed three sacks but just one fumble recovery. It has been downhill after Cleveland's defense turned in a surprising performance against the Steelers in Week 1. The Browns D/ST is not a fantasy option heading into a Week 4 clash with the Bengals.

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Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson had a big game against the Colts in Week 3. Johnson carried the ball twice for 23 yards and a score while catching six passes for 81 yards. The Browns went on to lose to the Colts 31-28.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson scored his first touchdown of the year on a 19-yard scamper in the first half. He's only seen six carries this season but has done plenty of damage in the passing game, hauling in 11 balls for 180 yards. He's back on the radar as a flex play in PPR leagues heading into Week 4.

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Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell had a disappointing game against the Colts in Week 3. He carried the ball 12 times for 44 yards while adding two catches for 10 yards through the air. The Browns went on to lose to the Colts 31-28.

Fantasy Impact: Earlier in the week, Crowell expressed disappointment in not getting the ball more. The coaches can talk about giving him more carries all they want but poor game script continues to work against a first and second down grinder such as Crowell. While the final score looks close, the Browns were down 28-7 at one point in the game, thus forcing them to pass to catch up. Crowell has 114 rushing yards and four catches for 43 yards with no touchdowns through three games this year. He will take on the Bengals in Week 4.

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is starting to show signs of getting over an ankle injury that has held him out of the first two games of the season. Garrett was spotted at Wednesday's practice riding a stationary bike without his walking boot.

Fantasy Impact: Head coach Hue Jackson told reporters that Garrett has made "huge progress" of late. That being said, don't expect to see Garrett make his NFL debut this weekend against the Colts. There's an outside chance he's able to return in Week 4 if his ankle sprain keeps improving.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cleveland Browns are expected to be without outside linebacker Jamie Collins in Week 3. Collins suffered a concussion during Week 2's action against the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: Collins is still in the concussion protocol and it appears unlikely he will be cleared in time to play. Look for James Burgess to take Collins' spot in the starting lineup. Collins has made 11 combined tackles for the Browns this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Corey Coleman placed on IR

Wed, Sep 20th 7:50am EDT
By Anthony Cervino

CLE

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman (hand) was placed on the injured reserve list. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Coleman, who underwent a procedure Monday to repair a broken bone in his hand, was placed on IR Tuesday. Although he will more than likely return in 2017, his stint on the short-term injured reserve list will cost him the next eight games at least. Rashard Higgins and Kenny Britt are the Browns' top WRs until Coleman's presumed return.

Category: Injury Updates


Corey Coleman is likely headed to injured reserve, which means the Browns will have to make do for at least eight weeks. Rashard Higgins was listed as the starter on Cleveland's unofficial depth chart on Tuesday and is the better fantasy bet, but perhaps Louis, who earned some praise in the offseason, can make some noise as well, especially if Kenny Britt continues to mail it in. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Louis has become an interesting player to keep an eye on in the waiver wire this week. With the limited production from the Browns receivers early on, Higgins and Louis are both due for significant roles in the offense. He can be viewed as a bench stash for now. Let's wait and see how the Browns utilize their receivers without Coleman.

Category: Rumors


Kevin Hogan replaced rookie DeShone Kizer briefly in Week 2 while Kizer was out with a migraine. Kizer was able to return, relegating Hogan to the sideline, but Hogan finished with a stat line of 5-for-11, 118 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He added one rush for five yards.

Fantasy Impact: Nothing to see here. While Hogan had a better stat line that Kizer, the Browns and their head coach Hue Jackson have indicated that they will stick with Kizer through ups and downs. Hogan will be on the sideline in Week 3, so don't use a waiver claim on him.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns defensive back Jamar Taylor was busy during his team's 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Taylor led the team with nine combined tackles (eight solo).

Fantasy Impact: Taylor made six total tackles in Week 1. He should continue to see heavy work as opposing offenses attack a vulnerable Cleveland pass defense through the air.

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"More opportunities are definitely coming," Williams confidently said. Picked up off waivers from the Seahawks after a great preseason, Williams should have had a long catch in Week 1 but just failed to stay in bounds. He's already pushing snaps with Ricardo Luis and with the struggles from Kenny Britt, there may be an opportunity for Williams to make a name for himself. (Source: Akron Beacon Journal)

Fantasy Impact: The only Browns receiver to have secured a role safely in this offense is Corey Coleman. Kenny Britt has been unimpressive and Ricardo Luis hasn't shown much either. Kasen Williams is a name to monitor on a team lacking receiving weapons. Williams can be added in the deepest of fantasy leagues as of now.

Category: Rumors


Cleveland Browns linebacker Joe Schobert had a productive game in Week 1 against the Steelers. Schobert had nine combined tackles (four solo) in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Schobert was elevated to starting middle linebacker after Tank Carder was lost for the year this preseason. He has the potential to rack up tackles this season and is worth a look in IDP leagues that award one point per tackle. He will take on the Ravens in Week 2.

Category: Game Recaps


Browns rookie running back Matthew Dayes received five touches in his first NFL game. He carried the ball three times for seven yards and added two catches for nine yards in the passing game.

Fantasy Impact: It was Dayes, and not Duke Johnson, who spelled starter Isaiah Crowell at the running back position. It appears it will be Dayes operating as Crowell's direct backup at running back while Johnson works more as a wide receiver.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Denver Broncos have officially re-signed quarterback Brock Osweiler on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Osweiler officially re-signed with the Broncos Monday after passing his physical. With Trevor Siemian set to start and Paxton Lynch expected to miss at least the next five weeks, Osweiler is in line to be the QB2 on the depth chart.

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