Cleveland Browns Fantasy Breakdown
Let’s get right to it and break down the 2020 Cleveland Browns position by position.
Key offseason additions:
OL-Jedrick Wills jr
Key offseason loses:
Will this be the year for Baker Mayfield and company? After a promising rookie season the Browns took a step back last year, after being hyped up to the max preseason of 2019. Of course the majority of the blame can fall directly into the hands of douchebag ex head coach Freddie Kitchens. Baker Mayfield is without a doubt talented and very much capable of leading this team back to the playoffs. In 2018 we saw him throw for nearly 3,800 yds and 27 TDs with a 63.8% completion percentage. Not too shabby for a rookie QB coming into a dumpster fire program. He put up ideal numbers with 7 more TDs than other fellow sooner and heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray, who just finished up his rookie season. Baker mayfield is primed and ready for a breakout year. He just finished his sophomore slump and has all the weapons needed. No seriously, this guy literally has ALL the weapons. He’s got two great receivers, some good 3s and 4s at the receiver position, a couple of legit tight ends and two great running backs. The Browns just signed a freaking monster at RT in Jack Conklin and a future beast in Jedrick Wills Jr. I’m only guessing they did that because Baker was sacked 40 times and I’m sure he was probably pretty pissed about that. New head coach Kevin Stevanski is good at what he does and what he does is taking offenses and making them good. He helped coach up Case Keenum (hello Baker) and Kyle Rudolph as position coaches to the best seasons of their careers. He took Cousins who was decent and turned him into an all pro QB and helped him set a single season career high for passer rating of 107.4 4th best in the NFL and the lowest INTs in the league in 2019. If anytime is a time for Baker to prove it and show out like he did in college, it’s now! I’m particularly high on baker this year and a top 10 finish won’t surprise me.
Man what a great 1-2 punch the Browns got at the running back position. Nick Chubb is one of the greatest pure runners in the league and is complimented well by do it all stud Kareem “kick em in the chest” Hunt. Nick Chubb without Kareem Hunt might have been borderline top 5 but even with him, he is still top 10. Chubb busted loose his rookie year and threw up 996 yds on 192 carries and 8 TDs with a 5.2 avg. Last year in 2019 during his sophomore season Chubb balled out posting 1,494 yds (second best In the league) on 292 carries with 8 TDs. Almost 300 touches of strictly pounding the rock. I expect similar numbers in 2020 but with an upgraded offensive line don’t be surprised if he doesn’t add another 250 yds or more on to that total. Draft Chubb all day in the first rd and quit being so hesitant. Kareem Hunt all though being the 3rd down change of pace back in this offense is still one of my favorite 3rd running backs to take off the boards in the 4th-6th rds. Kareem Hunt is an elite talent, I think people forget how great he truly is. That rookie season with the Chiefs posting 1400 yds and another 455 through the air is something we all hope our picks can get, which is probably why CEH has entered the 1st rd👀 If Hunt gets just close to half of those rushing numbers and gets another 60-75 targets then you absolutely scored on your RB3-RB4. Just so you know in only 8 games last year Hunt saw 44 targets so expect to see a lot of him In the passing game with hopefully 100 targets.
Rumor has it that Odell went blonde again and that can only mean one thing, it’s Odell time in Cleveland baby! I’m so sick and tired of the disrespect on this man's name. Odell Beckham jr is still a top 5 talent receiver in the league, this is not a debate! It seems like he is being treated as a 15-20 talent guy. Let’s see here in 2014: 1,305 2015: 1,450 2016: 1,367 2017: injured 2018: 1,052 2019: 1,035
So you mean to tell me that a guy that has consistently put up 1,000 yard seasons isn’t elite or one of the best in the game? If it wasn’t for Odell missing 2017 with an injury we would be looking at only the third player EVER in NFL history to have 6 consecutive seasons with 1,000 yds and he was on pace for that when he got hurt. He still posted two 1,000 yard seasons with a young, green QB in a jacked up organization with horrible coaching, and that is impressive. Again, head coach Stevanski is the bright spot here and he should make Odell a happy man after helping Stefon Diggs produce back2back 1,000 yd seasons and 17.9ypr. Odell was on the injury report every single game last season playing through a sports hernia injury. Idk if people realize but that’s not an easy thing to play through, Odell went through offseason core muscle surgery to repair this issue and is gonna finally be back 100% percent to start the season. Don’t be dumb, draft Odell like he deserves to be drafted, you won’t be disappointed. Jarvis Landry is mr ol reliable, he is always gonna show up and be consistent for you. He may not be the guy who puts up sexy numbers or gets you those week winning games, but what he will do is always be dependable and trustworthy for a spot on your lineup. In his 6 seasons in the NFL since 2014 he has never had less than 80 receptions and posted three 1,000 yd seasons with two seasons at 976 and 987. Idc what you say but give me Jarvis Landry all day in all draft formats and especially ppr leagues because this guy is going to produce. Rasheed Higgins looks on pace to handle the 3rd down roles and is not a bad receiver. Expect Donovan Peoples-Jones to see some action but don’t expect much as long as Odell and Landry are in town. Expect big things out of this receiving core in 2020 I see a big bounce back year with lots of fantasy points for them coming.
Austin Hooper was pacing to be the number 1 fantasy tight end last year before injury shut him down. Atlanta was always down and forced to throw the ball so it’s a concern to see if he can maintain that pace and volume on a team who can actually run the ball. Stevanski is no rookie at coaching or utilizing his tight ends so expect a top 10-15 finish for Hooper with top 5 upside if everything works out for him. The other question mark at this position is that he now shares the field with another alpha tight end in David Njoku. He isn’t no slum himself but did recently request a trade, so that is something to monitor. This tight end room is scary but if you're a tight end streamer like myself, I like both options if they fall right in drafts.
Ayyy Myles “bash yo head in” Garrett is back and that is huge for this Browns D. If Olivier Vernon can get it together and bounce back from a disappointing 2019 season then this can be an interesting duo off the edge. Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi will clog the middle and this Dline group looks solid. Linebacker is the weakest link on the D but is headed up by a young promising star in Mack Wilson. This secondary group is young but scary good. Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward are the perfect combination of young feisty ballhawks who can tackle good and lockdown receivers. Incoming rookie Grant Delpit is a natural at the safety position and should lock up the starting FS role. He will be paired together with new incoming free agent safety Karl Joseph who will bring some much needed veteran presence to this DB room. All together I give this defense a B and I expect 2020 to be a better overall year.
I’m actually all in on the Browns this year to make the playoffs and I can’t believe I just said that. They had all the pieces except for a few last year, when they were getting all the hype to be successful. I believe with the hiring of head coach Kevin Stevanski and the beefed up offensive line with Conklin and Wills jr, alongside a healthy OBJ, and a settled more mature Baker Mayfield they have officially filled those pieces. Look out fantasy community, 2020 may be the year we finally get to live out the hype we all dreamed of back in 2019.