Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 8/21/17 3:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (groin) is not expected to play in the preseason game against the New York Giants Monday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: The Browns are probably being cautious with Crowell, so owners should see if he will play in the third preseason game. He has a good chance to rush for at least 1,000 yards this season if he stays healthy and should be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/17/17 11:16am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's potential reinstatement to the NFL is not being actively considered, according to commissioner Roger Goodell. Gordon is eligible to re-apply for reinstatement in September after being denied reinstatement three months ago.
Huddle Up: Gordon has serious recurring off-field issues. He can be avoided altogether in fantasy leagues until at least next season, at which point he may still not be reinstated.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 8/16/17 2:02pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler will start Week 2 of the preseason, according to head coach Hue Jackson. Osweiler will be followed by QB DeShone Kizer, then QB Cody Kessler.
Huddle Up: We'll see if Osweiler can stave off the promising rookie, Kizer, for a couple more weeks. The Browns could use some new blood, and Kizer has running ability, too. The bottom line, though, is that there should be no Cleveland quarterback starting for any fantasy squad on a weekly basis.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 8/16/17 4:12pm ET
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas said he believes QB Brock Osweiler will open the season as the starting quarterback based on what he has seen during practice.
Huddle Up: Osweiler will be starting his second straight preseason game this week and appears to be performing well during practice. Owners can continue to monitor the situation to see which quarterback will start, but the winner of the job should not be owed in fantasy leagues.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 8/12/17 2:05pm ET
Cleveland Browns QBs Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer are splitting snaps with the first-team offense during practice Saturday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: Osweiler started the first preseason game, but Kizer played well during the game. It is not known which quarterback will start the second preseason game, so owners will need to keep an eye on the situation during the week. Fantasy owners in standard leagues can avoid whichever quarterback is named the starter, but Kizer would be an option in keeper leagues if he starts.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 8/11/17 7:44pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer won't be rushed, according to head coach Hue Jackson, and Jackson said it is 'too soon' to name Kizer the starter for the next preseason game or the season opener.
Huddle Up: Jackson is pumping the brakes on Kizer, and fantasy owners should do the same. He has a big arm and intriguing upside, but he only needs to owned in keeper formats for now.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 8/10/17 8:30pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer completed 11 of his 18 pass attempts for 184 yards and a touchdown and rushed three times for 12 yards in a 20-14 win over the New Orleans Saints in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 10.
Huddle Up: The performance was encouraging, but Kizer still has a long way to go before he needs to be on the fantasy radar outside of keeper leagues.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 8/8/17 10:40am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson 'catches as well as any receiver on the team,' according to receivers coach Al Saunders, who went on to compare to Johnson to a queen on a chessboard because he is so versatile.
Huddle Up: The only question owners should be asking now is why it took Cleveland three years to discover that Johnson, who needed only three years to break the University of Miami's all-purpose yardage record, is more than just a scatback. The Browns may be starting to realize what kind of weapon they have with him, and it would not be a surprise to see him carve out a role similar to that of Theo Riddick. He should have no problem maintaining RB3 value in PPR leagues.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 8/8/17 3:43pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman was acquitted from his alleged involvement in a second-degree felony charge.
Huddle Up: Coleman is officially free to focus completely on football. The second-year receiver is somewhat of an under-the-radar prospect in the fantasy realm so far this year. He could surprise some people if he stays healthy given the fact that the Browns may very well be forced to throw often in attempts to catch up to their opponents.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 8/7/17 5:11am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler will be the starter for the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 10.
Huddle Up: Osweiler should be avoided in fantasy except in deeper leagues that use two quarterbacks.
David Njoku - TEPosted 8/7/17 4:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku is listed as the third-team tight end on the team's first unofficial depth chart behind TEs Randall Telfer and Seth DeValve.
Huddle Up: Njoku has had some issues early in training camp but likely will move up the depth chart as the preseason goes on. Njoku should be the starting tight end at some point during the regular season and has a chance to have a solid role in the passing game. He should be considered a No. 2 tight end in leagues if he a starter for the Browns.
David Njoku - TEPosted 8/4/17 4:11pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (back) is participating in the team's scrimmage Friday, Aug. 4, after missing practice Thursday, Aug. 3, because of a back issue.
Huddle Up: Njoku should be ready for the first preseason game as long as he does not suffer a setback. He is expected to be the starting tight end for the Browns this season and should have a solid role in the passing game. He likely will be a No. 2 tight end in deeper fantasy leagues.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 8/3/17 2:37pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler is still an option to start Week 1 even though he is not working with the first-team offense during training camp, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Osweiler is competing with Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer for the starting job. The Browns probably will not decide on a starting quarterback until they play a few preseason games. Osweiler has had some success in the past but would only be a low-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.
David Njoku - TEPosted 8/3/17 2:36pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (back) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 3, because of a back issue. Head coach Hue Jackson said he does not think Njoku's injury is serious.
Huddle Up: Njoku could miss a few practices because of the injury, but it appears that he should be fine. He has struggled at times early in training camp but is expected to have a solid role in the passing game this season. Owners in some fantasy leagues can consider him as a No. 2 tight end.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 8/3/17 6:10pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer won the first week of training camp, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Cabot believes Kizer has moved closer to being named the starter for the preseason opener.
Huddle Up: Even if he wins the starting job, Kizer wouldn't be more than a late-round flier in redraft leagues. He is a much more intriguing prospect in keeper formats.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 7/31/17 1:30pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will be used as much as possible this season if head coach Hue Jackson has his way. 'He is just doing everything, honestly,' Jackson said. 'He is a weapon for us. We are just trying to use him as much as we can, and we do.' Johnson is specifically working on improving his mental side of football this offseason, admitting that he felt behind defenses at points in 2016. The third-year running back said he will do anything the team needs him to do; he just wants to be ready when he's called on.
Huddle Up: It's easy to be excited about a player during training camp, but the Browns aren't the most attractive team from a fantasy perspective. The good news for Johnson is that he may be used pretty frequently on passing downs if/when the Browns fall behind. Caution should be used, however. Do not draft Johnson as more than a PPR flex.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 7/28/17 2:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell said his agent is talking with the Browns about a contract extension but is not sure how far the talks are at this point.
Huddle Up: Crowell will continue to be the starting running back for the Browns and will see more of the carries. He rushed for 952 yards and seven touchdowns last season and appears to have a solid chance to rush for at least 1,000 yards this season since the Browns upgraded their offensive line. He should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in most fantasy leagues.
David Njoku - TEPosted 7/28/17 4:42pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku had the ball stripped twice during practice Friday, July 28. Head coach Hue Jackson said Njoku needs to work on holding onto the ball.
Huddle Up: Njoku probably will be the starting tight end for the Browns as a rookie this season but there are things he needs to work on during camp. He may have a decent role in the passing game this season and could be a No. 2 tight end in some fantasy leagues.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 7/27/17 5:26pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer is coming along 'faster than expected,' according to head coach Hue Jackson. He's starting to understand the offense much better compared to organized team activities, when Kizer 'struggled' calling plays. He showed improvement in that regard and Jackson added that he made some good throws and didn't turn the ball over.
Huddle Up: Kizer may have had a nice first day of training camp, but that doesn't mean he should start vaulting up fantasy draft boards. More likely than not, he won't enter the new season as the team's starting quarterback, and even if he were to become the starter at some point, he wouldn't be a legitimate option in just about all leagues until he proves himself.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 7/27/17 6:16pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt (cramps) exited practice early with cramps Thursday, July 27.
Huddle Up: Cleveland's quarterback situation isn't ideal, but Britt's experience should make him the go-to weapon in the passing attack. He should be a solid WR4 and a potential starter against the right matchups.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 7/23/17 10:34am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is the leading candidate to replace Andrew Hawkins as the team's top slot receiver and has a good chance to land the job, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Huddle Up: The notion of Johnson being a pass-catching role isn't surprising - he has at least 53 catches and 514 yards receiving in each of his first two seasons - but Cabot is suggesting he may actually move to receiver. Not only would this make Isaiah Crowell a true featured back, but it might give owners some rare dual-position eligibility in fantasy this season. For now, he's a RB4 in most leagues, but stay tuned.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 7/13/17 7:46pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell is capable of a 1,300-yard season in 2017, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, because of upgrades to the offensive line and an improved defense that should keep games closer.
Huddle Up: Crowell almost ran for 1,000 yards last season, and he looks set to see most of the early-down work this year. He should at least be a quality flex play, and Crowell could be a sneaky RB2.
Cody Kessler - QBPosted 7/12/17 7:53am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler could begin the season as the starter, but he doesn't fit the mold head coach Hue Jackson likes as a starting quarterback, according to beat writer Mary Kat Cabot. Jackson likes a tall, mobile quarterback with a big arm and quick decision-making skills. Kessler falls below Jackson's 6-foot-2 threshold and doesn't have the deep-ball skills Jackson covets.
Huddle Up: Kessler will have to hold off DeShone Kizer in camp, and it's possible he could beat out the rookie. Kessler has improved his arm strength this offseason. However, Kessler doesn't have a lot of fantasy appeal except in deeper two-QB leagues.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 7/12/17 8:18am ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer could play early in the season as beat writer, Mary Kay Cabot, believes head coach Hue Jackson wants to throw Kizer into the fire and let him learn on the fly. With an improved defense and running game, Jackson could devise gameplans to take some of the pressure off Kizer early on. Kizer will have to perform in the preseason to win the job.
Huddle Up: Kizer has tools, and there is always the possibility of a rookie making a big splash like Dak Prescott last year or RG III several years ago. However, the supporting cast around Kizer doesn't provide as much excitement as some of the other successful rookies in previous years. He could be worth a flyer as a backup if you land a stud QB, but he's better served in dynasty formats.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 7/11/17 11:46am ET
Cleveland Browns QBs Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer are in an apparent two-man race for the starting quarterback position, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Kessler and Kizer split first-team repetitions throughout minicamp, with QB Brock Osweiler working with the second team. Furthermore, Cabot expects head coach Hue Jackson to name a starter shortly after the preseason begins.
Huddle Up: Quarterback competitions are usually enticing, but it's hard to be excited about the Browns' current situation at the position. Kessler seems to have a slight edge on the rookie Kizer, but who knows how this will play out during training camp and the preseason. All three can be avoided in traditional leagues.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 7/8/17 6:48pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku caught everything thrown his way during OTAs, and QB DeShone Kizer said Njoku is an athletic 'freak' and an easy target to throw to.
Huddle Up: Njoku is raw, but he should still see plenty of reps as a rookie thanks to a lack of competition. He is worth a flier in the final rounds of redraft leagues, and he needs to be stashed in all keeper formats.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 6/29/17 1:16pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) is currently recovering from a strained hamstring -- a problem that has plagued him back to his collegiate days at Baylor. Browns wide receivers coach Al Saunders said he is disappointed for Coleman since he cannot continue his on-field growth, but Saunders added he expects Coleman to return for training camp July 26, if he can improve the strength of the hamstring.
Huddle Up: Coleman has impressive speed (4.37-second 40 time) but is a major injury liability. There was a careful distinction on Saunders' part to say he is disappointed 'for' Coleman and not 'in' the second-year receiver. He feels bad for him, in other words. All of that may be moot if Coleman returns to health for camp and continues where he left off following a strong showing in OTAs. He's a WR3 because of the injury and quarterback concerns.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 6/25/17 1:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer has a chance to be the Week 1 starter if he can perform well during training camp practices and preseason games, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation to see if Kizer moves up to the top of the depth chart. Kizer should start some games this season even if he does not win the job out of camp. Owners in standard leagues should avoid whoever is the starting quarterback for the Browns this season, but Kizer should have value in keeper leagues if he is the starter.
Seth DeValve - TEPosted 6/23/17 12:35pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Seth DeValve may be the team's most improved player after becoming noticeably bigger, faster and stronger this offseason, according to the Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich.
Huddle Up: DeValve was reportedly putting on 'clinics' during OTAs. Ulrich writes the second-year Princeton product could become a go-to option in part because the receiving corps has done little to inspire confidence this offseason. While rookie David Njoku is obviously a better long-term investment, DeValve should be the better option at tight end investment this season and possesses TE2 upside. Consider him with a late-round pick on draft day.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 6/18/17 11:27am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (shoulder, hamstring) hurt his shoulder and hamstring on an awkward fall in OTAs, and the team is expected to 'err on the side of caution' early in training camp.
Huddle Up: Coleman has gotten off to a bit of a rough start in his NFL career in terms of injuries. The second-year wideout will be counted on to be the Browns' top receiver this season, so the team would be wise to make sure he is completely healthy before pushing him hard in camp. Coleman has WR3 upside, but many owners may be able to get him on the cheap this summer considering his injury history and current quarterback situation.
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