Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fantasy Outlooks: Cleveland Browns


QUARTERBACK

Brandon Weeden still has a lot to prove that he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Until he proves that, you shouldn't want anything to do with him in your fantasy league. Things aren't looking good for your team if you turn to Weeden.

RUNNING BACK

Trent Richardson is really the only Browns player you should have slotted as a fantasy starter. No one questions Richardson's talent, but the only problem is that he's really all the opposing defense has to focus on. He won't be able to reach his full potential as long as Weeden is his quarterback. Still, Richardson could easily finish as a top ten fantasy back as long as he can stay mostly healthy.

WIDE RECEIVER

The only receiver of note in this group is Josh Gordon. He's a speedy wide out who has a nack for catching the deep ball. If there's one thing Weeden can do, it's throwing it deep (the accuracy on those deep passes is another discussion). Gordon had some decent fantasy weeks last season, and will probably be a bit better this season. I wouldn't count on him as a weekly starter, but having him as spot starter as a WR2 or FLEX won't kill you at all.

TIGHT END

Jordan Cameron is a very intriguing young player. He has the size, speed, and athleticism of the new generation tight end. Once again, the biggest thing holding him back his Weeden at quarterback. I'll be talking more about Cameron later.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

The Browns defense is actually a bit underrated in some aspects, but you still shouldn't depend on them in fantasy. There are worse options, however.

POTENTIAL FANTASY BREAKOUT PLAYER

I don't really think anyone on the Browns is going to have a season that will shock anyone, but Jordan Cameron certainly has the potential to turn some heads. As I said in the tight end section, Cameron has the size, speed, and athleticism of the new generation tight end. But once again, the biggest thing holding him back his Weeden at quarterback. If they start using Cameron more and Weeden forms a bit of a connections with him, I think he could become a serviceable fantasy tight end. I think his real potential will be reached when a franchise quarterback finally comes into town.

POTENTIAL FANTASY BUST PLAYER

I'm listing Trent Richardson as the potential bust player only because he's the only player people are going to depend on from this team. With his injury history, he stands a chance of missing some time. I don't really think he'll end up being a total bust, but he does have the possibility of not living up to his projections.

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