Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 10/20/17 9:14pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has outgained RB Isaiah Crowell by 62 total yards on 36 fewer touches, and Johnson leads the team with 26 catches and 269 receiving yards.
Huddle Up: Although Crowell continues to see more carries, Johnson's efficiency and involvement in the passing game make him the better fantasy option and a RB2 in PPR formats against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 10/18/17 8:08am ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer was named the starting quarterback Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: The Browns take on the Tennessee Titans this week, but Kizer doesn't have much value outside of dynasty leagues.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 10/17/17 10:16pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer is expected to start in Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN's Pat McManamon, though head coach Hue Jackson won't make an official announcement until Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Things are a mess in Cleveland, and a year that was supposed to see positive strides has arguably seen regression -- a difficult thing coming off a 1-15 season. Jackson pulling the plug on Kizer in favor of Kevin Hogan felt like a panic move, and letting Kizer get more reps seems sensible. Nothing is official yet, but be ready to scoop up the rookie if you're in a bad spot at the position.
Kevin Hogan - QBPosted 10/16/17 11:47am ET
Cleveland Browns QBs Kevin Hogan, DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler will know who will start next week by Wednesday, Oct. 18, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Cleveland has been wishy washy with the quarterback position this year, or rather for the last couple decades or so. None of Hogan, Kizer or Kessler should be started unless they're the last possible option for those who own Aaron Rodgers and/or Sam Bradford and/or a bye-week quarterback.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 10/15/17 6:30am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) will be a game-time decision for Week 6's game against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Britt was listed as questionable on the injury report and was a limited practice participant throughout the week. He only has eight receptions through four games this season and would be at less than 100 percent if he is active, so he should be avoided in all fantasy formats.
Rashard Higgins - WRPosted 10/15/17 2:41pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Rashard Higgins posted one catch for 13 yards on two targets in Week 6 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Higgins exploded for seven grabs, 95 yards and 11 targets in Week 2 in Baltimore but he has done nothing since. He has 30 receiving yards over his past four games with five catches on 16 targets. Avoid in all fantasy formats heading into Week 7 against the Titans.
David Njoku - TEPosted 10/15/17 2:41pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku posted two grabs for zero yards on five targets in Week 6 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: To make matters worse for Njoku's fantasy owners, backup Seth DeValve scored on a red zone touchdown. Njoku seemed to have a rhythm with DeShone Kizer, but he was benched in favor of Kevin Hogan and Njoku didn't seem to work as well with the Stanford product. The Browns host the Titans in Week 7, but Njoku shouldn't be part of most fantasy owners plans until he and Hogan start to jell.
Seth DeValve - TEPosted 10/15/17 2:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Seth DeValve posted two grabs for just nine yards in Week 6 against the Houston Texans but he was able to get into the end zone.
Huddle Up: David Njoku's fantasy owners won't be terribly pleased that DeValve earned the red zone score rather than their guy. It DeValve's first score of the season. After managing 132 receiving yards over his first three games he has just 35 yards over the past three outings. Despite the score he isn't a fantasy option heading into Week 7.
Kasen Williams - WRPosted 10/15/17 2:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Kasen Williams posted four receptions for a team-high 41 yards on six targets in Week 6 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Williams led a hodgepodge of receivers for Cleveland, but he doesn't have much in the way of fantasy appeal heading into Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 10/15/17 2:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson rushed five times for 40 yards in Week 6 against the Houston Texans while added three receptions for minus-1 yard.
Huddle Up: Johnson had eight total touches to 14 for Isaiah Crowell. As long as Johnson continues to play second fiddle to Crowell his fantasy expectations are rather limited. The Browns host the Titans in Week 7.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 10/15/17 2:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell rushed 12 times for 58 yards in Week 6 against the Houston Texans while racking up two catches for 15 yards on his two targets.
Huddle Up: It wasn't a huge game, but it's a start. Crowell had 16 total touches to eight for Duke Johnson, but he didn't get into the end zone. Still, he averaged a season-best 4.8 yards per rush in this one. Crowell has a ways to go before he realizes his early-round ADP value, but at least he is trending in the right direction. The Browns host the Titans in Week 7.
Kevin Hogan - QBPosted 10/15/17 2:16pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Kevin Hogan completed 20 of his 37 pass attempts for 140 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the Week 6 game against the Houston Texans. He also rushed five times for 36 yards.
Huddle Up: Hogan supplanted rookie DeShone Kizer as the team's starter but the results were obviously the same, as the Browns fell to 0-6 overall. Neither Hogan nor Kizer are worthy of fantasy consideration heading into Week 7 against the Titans.
Zane Gonzalez - PKPosted 10/14/17 11:19am ET
Cleveland Browns special teams coach Chris Tabor said he has confidence in PK Zane Gonzalez despite his struggles.
Huddle Up: Gonzalez has made only two of his five field goal attempts this season and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 10/12/17 12:07pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt (groin) left practice Thursday, Oct. 12, after being bothered by his groin injury. He is considered day-to-day and it is unclear at this point if he will be able to play this weekend.
Huddle Up: Britt has done very little this season anyway. Ricardo Louis is the only Cleveland wide receiver worth starting, and that's only in deeper leagues as a desperation flex.
Kevin Hogan - QBPosted 10/11/17 5:44am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Kevin Hogan was named the starting quarterback Wednesday, Oct. 11.
Huddle Up: Hogan was 16-for-19 for 194 yards, two scores and a pick last week, and he also rushed four times for 30 yards. He's not going to move the fantasy needle consistently, but he does face the Houston Texans this week after they just lost two key pass rushers. He could be a sneaky bye-week filler.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 10/8/17 8:56am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) will not play in Week 5's game against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Britt did not practice at all during the week and was listed as doubtful on the injury report, so his deactivation should not come as a surprise to anyone. WRs Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis could see more targets as a result of Britt's absence but neither player is a great option in any fantasy format.
Kevin Hogan - QBPosted 10/8/17 11:53am ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer was replaced by QB Kevin Hogan at the start of the second half of the team's Week 5 game.
Huddle Up: Kizer struggled during the first half of the game and turned the ball over twice in the red zone. It is not known if this is a short-term benching or if Hogan will take over as the starter. Owners in all leagues should avoid the Browns quarterback situation no matter who is starting.
Ricardo Louis - WRPosted 10/8/17 1:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Ricardo Louis caught five passes for 71 yards against the New York Jets in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Louis has played well in consecutive games and is receiving a bigger role in the passing game. He has been targeted 23 times in the last three games and is productive no matter the quarterback. Owners in deeper leagues could consider adding Louis if he is available, but he should not be a starting option next week.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 10/8/17 1:46pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson caught three passes for 63 yards and one touchdown against the New York Jets in Week 5. He also rushed for 20 yards on six carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been one of the more consistent offensive players for the Browns this season and will continue to be part of the running and passing game. He will face a tough Houston Texans defense next week but could be a flex option in point-per-reception leagues.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 10/8/17 1:45pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries against the New York Jets in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Crowell's 60 yards was a season high for him but he is still not posting numbers that fantasy owners were expecting. He will continue to be the starting running back for the Browns but is not a great option next week against the Houston Texans.
David Njoku - TEPosted 10/8/17 1:59pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku caught three passes for 48 yards and one touchdown against the New York Jets in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Njoku has not had a big role in the passing game but does have three touchdowns in five games. He can be owned in deeper leagues but probably will not be started often.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 10/6/17 6:48pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson won't start over RB Isaiah Crowell, head coach Hue Jackson said Friday, Oct. 6.
Huddle Up: Johnson has just 10 carries all year, but he has 20 catches, including 15 in the last two games. Even if his role remains the same, he is a flex option in PPR formats against the New York Jets in Week 5.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 10/6/17 7:11pm ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he still believes in RB Isaiah Crowell and there are no plans to remove Crowell from the starting role.
Huddle Up: Crowell is averaging just 2.9 yards per rush, but he continues to receive a majority of the carries. Despite the rough start, Crowell will be worth using as a flex option in Week 5 in a favorable matchup against the New York Jets.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 10/5/17 1:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt (groin, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 5.
Huddle Up: Britt may be in danger of missing Week 5 if he does not practice Friday, Oct. 5. Britt has been part of the passing game over the last few weeks but appears to be on a short leash. Owners in all leagues probably should avoid Britt even if he is active for the game.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 10/4/17 12:11pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt (groin, knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Huddle Up: Britt has posted at least 50 yards in each of the last two games but does not appear to be a big part of the offense after almost being benched in Week 4. Owners in all leagues should avoid Britt even if he is active for the game.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 10/3/17 11:14am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has not yet applied for reinstatement, a source said Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Huddle Up: It's uncertain if Gordon will apply for reinstatement soon and how it will go when he does try. He has a long way to go before potentially seeing game action and therefore he warrants no fantasy consideration at this time.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 10/2/17 2:28pm ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said WR Kenny Britt probably should have been benched in Week 4, but the team had injuries at the position during the game.
Huddle Up: Britt posted 52 yards during the game and was targeted eight times, but it sounds like his role in the offense could decrease in the near future. Owners in all leagues should avoid Britt this week against the New York Jets.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 10/1/17 1:49pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson rushed for 13 yards and one touchdown on four carries against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4. He also caught nine passes for 47 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Johnson continues to be one of the team's top targets in the passing game, which makes him a valuable player in point-per-reception leagues. He will be facing a solid New York Jets defense next week but can be at least a flex option in PPR leagues.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 10/1/17 1:45pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell rushed for 20 yards on seven carries against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4.
Huddle Up: Crowell has been held to under 45 yards in every game this season and has not reached the end zone yet. He likely will remain the team's leading running back but probably can be benched in fantasy leagues until he has a productive game.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 10/1/17 1:41pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer went 16-for-34 for 118 yards and one interception against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4.
Huddle Up: Kizer has thrown for less than 200 yards in two games this season and has thrown eight interceptions in four games. He will be facing a solid New York Jets defense next week and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
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