Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

AFC North

David Njoku recorded a pair of receptions for 38 yards in the Browns' Week 17 loss to the Steelers. He was targeted three times.

Fantasy Impact: Njoku never quite got the usage we wanted, but has a very good outlook for 2018 and beyond. Njoku flashed at times and performed well for a rookie TE. He has immense upside due to his elite athleticism. Njoku could well be on the radar in 2018 and is a firm hold in Dynasty formats.

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Seth DeValve did not record a reception, and was targeted only once in the Browns' Week 17 loss to the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact: DeValve is certainly the second TE option in Cleveland after David Njoku turned in a solid rookie campaign. DeValve offers essentially no fantasy value in the foreseeable future.

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DeShone Kizer completed 16 of 30 pass attempts for 314 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Browns' Week 17 loss to the Steelers. He added 6 rushes for 61 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Kizer nearly earned his first win as a started, but Corey Coleman dropped a pass late to seal the loss. Kizer has been up and down this year, posting some solid fantasy lines due to his dual-threat ability. Kizer is still unusually young to be a starting QB, so could grow through the offseason. It is a distinct possibility that the Browns invest early in a QB in the draft, which could spell the end of Kizer's time as a starter. Depending on who else is on the roster come training camp, Kizer's value could change dramatically.

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Corey Coleman caught one of six targets for just 18 yards against the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact: Coleman had just three receptions for 41 yards over his final three games to close out an injury-filled and inconsistent season. He showed great talent, however, and could make a dynamic duo with Josh Gordon in future seasons if the Browns improve the quarterback position.

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Josh Gordon caught four of seven targets for 115 yards against the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon had some down games in his return, but it was obviously difficult to be consistent with DeShone Kizer throwing him the ball. He ultimately showed how incredibly talented he is, and his long-term future is bright. Gordon will be an exclusive rights free agent after the season, so he should be back with Cleveland absent a trade.

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The Cleveland D/ST finished the season on a low note as they allowed the Pittsburgh Steelers to score 28 points without Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, or Le'Veon Bell. The Browns managed three sacks and recovered one fumble in their 28-24 loss.

Fantasy Impact: With many of the Pittsburgh starters resting, it was a disappointing outing against replacement-level quarterback Landry Jones and Stevan Ridley, who hadn't been a factor in the NFL since 2014. The Browns special teams also allowed a 96-yard kickoff return touchdown to JuJu Smith-Schuster. The pieces are there for this to develop into a solid defense but injuries and inexperience got the better of them this season.

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Cleveland running back Isaiah Crowell managed just 21 yards on 15 carries against the Steelers in Week 17. He was not targeted in the passing game as the Browns lost to Pittsburgh 28-24.

Fantasy Impact: Thus ends a disappointing season which saw the impending free agent rush for 853 yards on 206 carries while adding 28 catches for 182 yards and two total touchdowns. He may have played his final game in a Browns uniform.

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Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson turned in a solid season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Johnson carried the ball six times for 20 yards and a touchdown while adding six catches for 75 yards as the Browns lost 28-24.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson put the finishing touches on an excellent season. He finishes the season with 348 rushing yards, 74 receptions, 693 receiving yards, and seven total touchdowns. He has one year left on his rookie contract with Cleveland.

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Cleveland Browns linebacker James Burgess had a big game against the Chicago Bears in Week 16. He led his team with nine combined tackles, including seven solo stops and a sack. It wasn't enough as the Bears went on to win 20-3.

Fantasy Impact: Burgess has played well since taking over for Jaime Collins, who is out for the year with a knee injury. Burgess has accrued 64 total tackles along with three sacks and a forced fumble. He will finish out the season against the Steelers in Week 17.

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Cleveland linebacker Christian Kirksey turned in a big game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15. Kirksey led the Browns with 13 total tackles, including seven solo. The Browns went on to lose to the Ravens 27-10.

Fantasy Impact: Kirksey has been a tackle-making machine this season, tying for fourth in the NFL with 124 combined stops. He also has 3.5 sacks, five passes defended, and two forced fumbles. Continue to use him as a high-end option in IDP leagues.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Cleveland Browns have waived WR Kenny Britt. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Britt's short tenure in Cleveland ended after just nine games and a pedestrian 18-233-2 stat line. With the return of Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman in recent weeks, plus, Britt's recent off the field issues, the writing was on the wall for his release. Clearing waivers on Saturday, Britt is free to sign with a new club, though, it wouldn't surprise me if he lingered on the open market for a while.

Category: Transactions

Cleveland linebacker Joe Schobert led his team in tackles against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13. He made 12 total stops, while adding a sack in his team's 19-10 loss to the Chargers.

Fantasy Impact: Schobert has been a tackle-making machine this season, posting 113 total tackles with three forced fumbles, one interception, and 2.5 sacks. He's emerged as a rock-solid IDP option this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett picked up his fifth sack of the season in his team's 30-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13.

Fantasy Impact: Garrett finished with two solo tackles, one of which went for a sack. The rookie defender has been impressive this season, posting five sacks in just six games played while adding 17 total tackles. He will look to stay hot in Week 13 against the Chargers.

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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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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.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

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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Zane Gonzalez has career day

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


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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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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