David Njoku - TEPosted 10/19/18 12:03pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 19, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.
Huddle Up: Njoku has been targeted 23 times in the last two games and has posted at least 50 yards in each of the last three games. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 10/19/18 12:45pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Carlos Hyde was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a fifth-round pick Friday, Oct. 19.
Huddle Up: The time has come for Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson to rule the Cleveland backfield. Chubb has been very impressive in limited duty so far, although it will be interesting to see how much the coaching staff wants to increase his workload after (foolishly) limiting him to no more than three carries in any game thus far. Nevertheless, Chubb immediately enters the RB2 conversation with his expected workload, while Duke Johnson should see enough work as his change-of-pace to be a regular flex option and perhaps more.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 10/19/18 12:29pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Carlos Hyde was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a fifth-round pick Friday, Oct. 19.
Huddle Up: It's unclear at this point whether or not the Jaguars are simply fortifying their backfield after dealing with injuries at the position all season long, or if this hints at the possibility that Leonard Fournette may not be returning anytime soon from his hamstring injury. It's also possible Jacksonville wants to use T.J. Yeldon in more of a split backfield now while giving itself a capable backup with two years left on his contract for Fournette in 2019 and 2020 with Yeldon headed to free agency after this season.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 10/19/18 2:36pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb is in line for more carries and total touches following the trade of RB Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The rookie is expected to be the starting back while getting a bulk of the carries.
Huddle Up: Chubb had long touchdown runs of 63 yards and 41 yards in the overtime loss against the Raiders earlier in the season, but he has been limited on touches because of the veteran Hyde's presence. Duke Johnson is expected to remain in a third-down back situation, so the time is now for Chubb. Fantasy owners should find his big-play potential helpful starting in Week 7.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 10/19/18 2:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will see a larger role following the trade of RB Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Johnson is expected to return to his role of 2017, when he topped 1,000 yards rushing and receiving while leading the team in touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Rookie Nick Chubb is expected to be the starting back with a bulk of the carries, but Johnson will see an increase in touches, too. Fantasy owners in PPR leagues will likely see the biggest impact from Johnson's increased workload, as a majority of his added touches will likely come through the air.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 10/19/18 6:33pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde won't overtake RB T.J. Yeldon for the lead back role against the Houston Texans in Week 7, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: The Jaguars backfield could become quite crowded if Leonard Fournette is ever healthy, but until Hyde's role becomes clear, you should hang on to him in all formats. That being said, you won't want to start him in Week 7.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 10/19/18 10:22pm ET
Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde is not expected to play in Week 7 against the Houston Texans, according to 1010XL's Hays Carlyon.
Huddle Up: This shouldn't be a shocker given Hyde was acquired on Friday. Granted, this is not official, but you should have alternate plans set for Week 7.
David Njoku - TEPosted 10/18/18 12:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Njoku broke out last week and has turned into one of Baker Mayfield's favorite targets. In one of the best matchups of the week at tight end, Njoku has mid-to-low TE1 value.
David Njoku - TEPosted 10/17/18 12:24pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Huddle Up: Njoku has improved since Baker Mayfield was named the starting quarterback. He has received double-digit targets in each of his last two games and scored his first touchdowns of the year last week. In a scrumptious matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Njoku is comfortably in TE1 territory.
Hue Jackson - HCPosted 10/17/18 10:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor has not been discussed in potential trades, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: There's no advantage for Jackson to acknowledge shopping Taylor, but with Baker Mayfield the quarterback of the present and future, carrying a backup of Taylor's caliber may be a luxury the Browns can't afford -- keep in mind the Jets banked a third-round pick for Teddy Bridgewater. Always an underrated fantasy asset, Taylor's status is worth keeping tabs on.
David Njoku - TEPosted 10/16/18 7:26pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku has totaled 23 targets over the last two games (Week 5 and Week 6), the most of any tight end in the league.
Huddle Up: Njoku has turned those looks into 13 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. The second-year tight end has seen no fewer than seven targets and amassed at least 52 yards in each of the three games Baker Mayfield has started. It appears he has emerged as the rookie quarterback's second favorite option behind Jarvis Landry and should be considered an every-week starter until further notice.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 10/15/18 11:51am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ankle) is expected to be fine to play in Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Mayfield had a rough go of things in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers, but the schedule eases up over the next month, beginning this week versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rookie's biggest issue at the moment is having enough healthy receivers to take advantage. Nevertheless, Mayfield should be a capable streaming option at the very least.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 10/15/18 12:11pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb ran for 25 yards on three carries in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers, and head coach Hue Jackson suggested for the second time in three weeks that Chubb needs to get more carries.
Huddle Up: Forgive owners for experiencing deja vu here, but Chubb has seen no more than three carries in any of his first six games, including in each of the past two weeks since he rushed for 105 yards and two scores against the Oakland Raiders. The rookie will almost certainly begin to see more work soon, but it's fair to wonder if it will be enough for regular fantasy relevancy. Owners need to hold onto Chubb, however, as Carlos Hyde doesn't have the greatest track record of staying healthy.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 10/15/18 6:32am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle Sunday, Oct. 14, and will receive treatment this week. He's not expected to miss time.
Huddle Up: Mayfield is a low-end QB2 as he ranks 20th in standard leagues in fantasy points the last three weeks. However, he faces the best matchup possible with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you have an iffy matchup or a bye to cover, Mayfield might be an option.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 10/14/18 1:51pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield went 22-for-46 for 238 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Mayfield has played well at times this season but has thrown five interceptions in his last three games. He should have a favorable matchup next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and could be a bye week replacement in some leagues.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 10/14/18 2:04pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Carlos Hyde rushed for 34 yards on 14 carries against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Hyde has received at least 14 carries in every game this season and should continue to see most of the carries moving forward. He should have more success against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week and can be a possible No. 2 running back for owners.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 10/14/18 1:56pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson caught four passes for 73 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6. He also rushed for 36 yards on two carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been off to a slow start to the season but could turn things around after his Week 6 performance. He can be considered at least a flex option in point-per-reception leagues next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 10/14/18 2:20pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry caught two passes for 11 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Landry was targeted nine times during the game but was only able to catch two of the passes. He should have more success against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver.
David Njoku - TEPosted 10/14/18 2:17pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku caught seven passes for 55 yards and one touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Njoku has been targeted 23 times over the last two games and appears to have good chemistry with Baker Mayfield. He should be considered a No. 1 tight end next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Damion Ratley - WRPosted 10/14/18 2:14pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Damion Ratley caught six passes for 82 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Ratley could receive a bigger role moving forward with Derrick Willies out of the lineup. He probably should not be a starting option at this point, but owners can keep an eye on him over the next few weeks.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 10/14/18 2:12pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed for 25 yards on three carries against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Chubb has rushed for 25 or fewer yards in all but one game this season and has received only 16 total touches this season. Owners probably should avoid Chubb until he receives a bigger role.
Antonio Callaway - WRPosted 10/14/18 2:26pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway caught two passes for nine yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Callaway has been targeted at least nine times in two of the last three games and been held to under 25 yards in three of those games. Callaway could be a flex option for owners next week but is not a must-start option.
David Njoku - TEPosted 10/13/18 6:12pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku will likely see more targets against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6 as a result of the injuries to the wide receiving corps, according to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com.
Huddle Up: Njoku's usage has already been on the rise since Baker Mayfield has taken over as the starter, and he has 11 catches on 18 targets over the last two games. He's still a TE2 in redraft leagues, but he's an intriguing DFS play against the Chargers.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 10/13/18 10:30pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Carlos Hyde has nine carries inside the 5 through five games, trailing only the Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley (10) for the most in the league.
Huddle Up: While the threat of losing carries to Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson is very real at some point, Hyde is still handling most of the action and being trusted to handle the most important carries. He is one of 10 running backs who has handled all of his team's carries inside the 5. His volume and goal-line role should keep him firmly in the fantasy RB2 discussion for the foreseeable future.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 10/11/18 6:01pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson said his lack of playing time this season has been frustrating, and he believes he can help the Browns win if given more opportunities.
Huddle Up: After catching 74 passes a year ago, Johnson has been surprisingly absent from the offense in 2018. He has caught more than two passes in just one of the first five games, and he has yet to see more than six touches in any game. His role is too small right now to use in any format.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 10/7/18 2:44pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson rushed five times for 35 yards in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens and he added one grab for seven yards.
Huddle Up: Johnson has exactly six total touches in each of his past two games, and three of his five games. He just doesn't see the ball enough to use him in anything more than the deepest of PPR leagues as long as Carlos Hyde is healthy. The Browns host the Chargers in Week 6.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 10/7/18 2:41pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Carlos Hyde rushed 17 times for a game-high 63 yards in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens and he added two grabs for 14 yards on three targets.
Huddle Up: Hyde entered the week as the only player in the NFL with at least one rushing touchdown in each of his first four games but he was held out of the end zone in this one. He has still been a solid low-end RB2 in flex fantasy play in most leagues to date. He'll look to re-discover the end zone in Week 6 against the visiting Chargers.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 10/7/18 2:38pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 25-of-43 passes for a 342 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 5 overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Mayfield's first start at home was successful, and he has led the team to victories in two of his past three appearances while narrowly missing a win last week in Oakland. The Browns are suddenly NFL caliber, and they'll look to build on the win next week against the visiting Chargers.
Derrick Willies - WRPosted 10/7/18 3:45pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Derrick Willies posted three receptions for 61 yards on five targets in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Willies came on and saw a larger role with Rashard Higgins exiting the game due to a knee injury. If Higgins is forced to miss time then Willies might see a few meaningful targets going forward. The Browns host the Chargers in Week 6.
Rashard Higgins - WRPosted 10/7/18 3:43pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Rashard Higgins (knee) posted three grabs for 66 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens before leaving due to a knee injury.
Huddle Up: It's uncertain if Higgins suffered a serious knee injury or not, but he was doubtful to return in the game which isn't a good sign. If he is able to play, the Browns host the Chargers in Week 6.
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