Cleveland Browns

AFC North

Spotrac.com is reporting that Jarvis Landry's contract extension that was reported at 5 years with $75.5 million and $47 million in guarantees is essentially just a two-year deal with $34 million guaranteed. (Source: Spotrac on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was previously thought that he got more guaranteed money than even Mike Evans, but that doesn't seem to be the case now. The Browns have an out if they were to release him prior to the deadline of March 2020, though they'd still take a $4.5 million cap hit by doing so. Whatever the case, it's unlikely that the Browns would release a player they clearly wanted enough to pay him $16 million under the franchise tag. Landry is going to be a big part of shaping their No. 1 pick, whether that be Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, or Sam Darnold.

Category: Transactions


The Houston Texans have claimed third-year veteran tight end Matt Lengel off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns. (Source: Houston Texans PR via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Lengel caught two balls for 22 yards and a touchdown during his 2016 rookie season with the Patriots before joining the Cleveland Browns last year. Lengel was undrafted out of Eastern Kentucky but has the size (6-foot-7, 266) to make an NFL impact. Houston just lost C.J. Fiedorowicz to retirement, freeing up a spot for Lengel to compete with Ryan Griffin and Stephen Andersen. In a corresponding move, quarterback Taylor Heinicke was released by the Texans.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Cleveland Browns have traded QB Cody Kessler to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a conditional late-round draft pick in 2019. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After two seasons in Cleveland, Kessler is heading to the Jaguars to backup Blake Bortles. A third-round draft pick of the Sashi Brown era in 2016, Kessler was likely the odd man out in the wake of the Browns' acquisitions of Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton as well as the anticipation of them adding a notable signal-caller via the upcoming NFL Draft. Kessler is not a threat to Bortles' QB1 spot.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a massive blow to the Browns organization, as Thomas has been a staple at left tackle since coming into the league, playing at a Pro Bowl level. They now have a massive void to fill on their offensive line, and the top free agent Nate Solder already signed with the Giants. There's a realistic possibility that the Browns start contemplating Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey with their No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft.

Category: Transactions


Running back Isaiah Crowell is expected to sign a three-year deal with the New York Jets, according to Adam Schefter on Twitter. (Source: Adam Schefter)

Fantasy Impact: Crowell showed flashes as a versatile running back for Cleveland the past few years, but he seemed to fall out of favor with head coach Hue Jackson in 2017, and the Browns never made much of an effort to re-sign him this offseason. Crowell now joins fellow running back Bilal Powell in New York and should be an upgrade over the aging Matt Forte who retired after the season.

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In what may not be the end of a plethora of moves by the Cleveland Browns, they have officially sent away DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers for Damarious Randall. The two teams also swapped late round picks. This news came after Cleveland dealt for both Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kizer won't be expected to play unless Aaron Rodgers goes down with another extended injury. If that were to happen, however, he would be in a stronger offensive scheme and likely matured under the tutelage of one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.

Category: Transactions


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.

Category: Game Recaps


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.

Category: Game Recaps


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.

Category: Game Recaps


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.

Category: Game Recaps


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.

Category: Game Recaps


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.

Category: Game Recaps


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


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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