Duke Johnson - RBPosted 2/11/19 3:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is not expendable 'yet,' according to general manager John Dorsey.
Huddle Up: Johnson's fantasy value is hard to gauge with the addition of Kareem Hunt, but it undoubtedly takes a hit. The Browns want to keep Johnson around for now since Hunt is only on a one-year deal and considering the short leash he's on. With Nick Chubb and now Hunt in the mix, though, Johnson's worth is as a mid-to late-round PPR flier.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 2/7/19 9:20am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield said he will use his narrow, second-place finish in the NF Offensive Rookie of the Year voting as motivation this offseason. Mayfield finished five votes behind winner Saquon Barkley. 'Yeah, I'll use it as motivation,'' Mayfield said Wednesday, Feb. 6, via Cleveland.com. 'But the more important thing is winning football games. Yeah, it's more frustrating than anything because Saquon, that's my guy and he'll hold it over my head forever. But you know what, I'll use that as motivation and I'll be better in the long run.'
Huddle Up: Mayfield threw for 27 TDs and 14 interceptions while finishing 15th among quarterbacks in average fantasy points per game. Now entering the offseason as the unquestioned starter, and with another year to build in the same system, look for Mayfield to challenge for QB1 status in 2019.
Rashard Higgins - WRPosted 2/1/19 3:35pm ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent WR Rashard Higgins said he wants to re-sign with the Browns this offseason and hopes to agree to a long-term deal before the start of free agency.
Huddle Up: Higgins finished the 2018 season with 572 yards and four touchdowns and appears to have good chemistry with Baker Mayfield. He probably would be the team's No. 3 receiver if he returns to the Browns behind Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway. He has a chance to be a No. 4 fantasy receiver in 2019 that can be in the starting lineup against favorable matchups.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 1/31/19 6:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield said he believes in head coach Freddie Kitchens and is excited to have offensive continuity. 'We had something special and I want to build on it,' Mayfield said.
Huddle Up: Mayfield threw 19 touchdowns in eight games with Kitchens running the show, and there is a chance that Mayfield could become a QB1 down the road. For now, he will be a QB2 with upside heading into 2019.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 1/20/19 5:53pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry had a career-low 81 receptions in 2018, but his 149 target were tied for ninth in the NFL.
Huddle Up: While Landry wasn't the PPR monster in 2018 that fantasy owners have become accustomed to, he was still a frequent target of Cleveland quarterbacks. With an offseason to work with Baker Mayfield, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Landry's numbers return to normal in 2019.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 1/19/19 8:07pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb's four runs of 40-plus yards and 11 runs of 20-plus yards in 2018 both ranked second in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Chubb didn't take over as the starter until the seventh game of the season, but he still finished 10th in the league in rushing while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. With the backfield to himself for an entire season in 2019, RB1 production should be on tap for Chubb.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 1/18/19 5:04pm ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Tyrod Taylor could consider the Baltimore Ravens a potential landing spot in free agency this offseason, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Taylor made his only Pro Bowl in 2015 when new Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman called the plays with the Buffalo Bills, and Taylor spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with Baltimore before leaving for Buffalo in 2015.
Huddle Up: With Joe Flacco almost guaranteed to be elsewhere in 2019, the Ravens are going to have to decide if Robert Griffin III is the man they want backing up Lamar Jackson. Taylor didn't play particularly well with the Browns last season, but his game is similar to Jackson's and would allow Baltimore to stick with its game plan if Jackson were to miss time. Taylor will certainly seek out potential starting opportunities elsewhere first, but a reunion with the Ravens makes sense if he doesn't like what the market has to offer.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 12/30/18 6:03pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry registered five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown across nine targets in Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: The fifth-year receiver went over 5,000 career yards in the finale, and he ended up with 976 yards on 81 grabs with four scores. He wasn't used by Cleveland in his traditional slot role like his days in Miami, rather seeing time on the outside instead. His targets were still rather high and he was over 11.5 yards per reception for just the second time in five seasons. If he sticks asround in Cleveland with Baker Mayfield this could be one of the more dangerous young duos in the league.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 12/30/18 5:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb ran nine times for 24 yards in the Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens and he added two grabs for minus-4 yards.
Huddle Up: Ouch. That wasn't the finish fantasy owners envisioned, but it was probably expected against a stingy defense fighting for their playoff lives. He ended up just missing the 1,000-yard mark, going for 996 rushing yards and eight touchdowns with 20 catches, 149 yards and two more scores. He will be an early-round fantasy pick in most leagues in 2019, looking like a legit low-end RB1 or must-have RB2.
Antonio Callaway - WRPosted 12/30/18 6:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway posted four receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Callaway wrapped up his rookie season with 43 catches, 586 yards and five scores. His production was a bit erratic at times, but that's to be expected with a rookie. It looks like Cleveland has a steady quarterback situation in place, now once they get a steady coaching situation Callaway and the offense might really start popping.
Rashard Higgins - WRPosted 12/30/18 6:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Rashard Higgins posted four receptions for 86 yards on six targets in the Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Higgins ended up with 39 grabs, 572 yards and four touchdowns this season, making him a decent WR5 in most fantasy formats. Depending on the personnel moves the team makes in the offseason, Higgins could factor in prominently in 2019 in Cleveland.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/30/18 6:44pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku managed three grabs for 62 yards on seven targets in Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Njoku wrapped up his second season with 56 catches, 639 yards and four touchdowns. He has TE1 potential, but will be right on that borderline TE1/TE2 area heading into the 2019.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/28/18 2:22pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 28 and he is off the injury report ahead of the Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Njoku will be looking to build upon his finest game of the season from a fantasy perspective, as he had three grabs for 73 yards and a touchdown, just his fourth score of the year. He had six grabs for 69 yards on 11 targets in the first game against Baltimore back on Oct. 7.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/27/18 1:16pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Njoku made big strides in his second season even with a rookie quarterback at the helm for most of the year. He should finish as a TE1 and can be drafted as such in the mid-to-late rounds of 2019 fantasy drafts.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/26/18 1:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Njoku put up a season-high 73 yards last week while adding a touchdown. He's in the TE1 conversation again going into the year's final contest.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 12/24/18 11:27am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb needs 28 rushing yards to become the second rookie running back in NFL history to achieve 1,000 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns on fewer than 200 carries. After Week 17, Chubb will have started in only nine games.
Huddle Up: Chubb has taken the league by storm. The one downfall to his fantasy outlook is that he's not heavily involved in the passing game. Still, he's a late-first to early-second round draft consideration in 2019 drafts.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 12/23/18 1:37pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Chubb has posted back-to-back 100-yard games and has received at least 13 carries in eight of the last nine games. He will have a tough matchup next week but can still be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 12/23/18 1:30pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield went 27-for-37 for 284 yards and three touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. He also rushed for 16 yards on six carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Mayfield has played well since taking over the job early in the season and has five touchdowns in the last two games. He will be facing a tough Baltimore Ravens defense in Week 17 but could still be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 12/23/18 1:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson caught six passes for 54 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. He also rushed for 12 yards on two carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Johnson is still used in the running game but is making the biggest impact in the passing game. He could be considered a flex option in some point-per-reception leagues next week.
Rashard Higgins - WRPosted 12/23/18 1:50pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Rashard Higgins caught six passes for 60 yards and one touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Higgins has been a bit inconsistent in terms of his stats over the last several weeks but has posted at least 60 yards in two of the last four games. He will be facing a tough Baltimore Ravens next week and could be benched if owners have better options.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/23/18 1:46pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku caught three passes for 73 yards and one touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Njoku has recorded three receptions in each of the last four games and was able to post his season high in yards this week. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in some leagues next week despite the matchup.
Antonio Callaway - WRPosted 12/23/18 2:02pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway was targeted one time against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16 but finished the game with zero receptions.
Huddle Up: Callaway has been held to zero receiving yards in two of the last three games. He likely will be targeted in Week 17 but can be avoided in all leagues.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 12/23/18 1:57pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry caught four passes for 47 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. He also completed a 63-yard pass during the game.
Huddle Up: Landry has been targeted at least eight times in three of the last four games and will continue to be a main part of the passing game. He can be a flex option in fantasy leagues next week despite the matchup.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/22/18 7:24pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku has a combined 73 yards over his last three games, but he faces a Cincinnati Bengals defense in Week 16 that he beat for 63 yards and a touchdown in Week 12.
Huddle Up: Njoku is in the middle of his worst stretch of the year, but a matchup with the floundering Bengals pushes him back into TE1 territory.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/21/18 11:27am ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee, thigh) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 21, and is not on the injury report for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Njoku has been inconsistent as a fantasy option this season but should have a favorable matchup this week. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in all fantasy leagues.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 12/21/18 6:27pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16, and the Bengals have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards and third-most rushing touchdowns this season.
Huddle Up: Chubb piled up 128 total yards and two touchdowns the first time these teams met, and another big performance could be on tap. He needs to be starting in all formats.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/20/18 12:23pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee, thigh) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.
Huddle Up: Njoku has played well at times this season but has been held to under 40 yards in four of the last five games. He can still be a low-end No. 1 tight end in leagues because of his matchup this week but is not a must-start option.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/19/18 1:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee, thigh) was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
Huddle Up: Njoku has been a bit erratic in his production lately, so if he is active for Week 16 he is a low-end TE1 or TE2 heading into the Bengals game. Circle back around Friday for his official injury designation.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 12/15/18 8:50pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson rushed four times for 28 yards and caught four passes for 25 yards in a 17-16 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 15.
Huddle Up: This was actually a busy week by Johnson's standards, but he just isn't touching the ball enough to be more than a handcuff for Nick Chubb.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 12/15/18 8:46pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed 20 times for 100 yards in a 17-16 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 15.
Huddle Up: Chubb did most of his damage on a 40-yard burst late in the fourth quarter, and now that he has settled into the starting role, he is locked in as a RB2.
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