Duke Johnson - RBPosted 4/18/19 9:06am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson drew praise Thursday, April 18, from general manager John Dorsey. 'I keep telling you all, Duke's a very talented player,' Dorsey said at a news conference. 'He's a member of this organization moving forward. He understands the role he's going to play within this offense.'
Huddle Up: After a career-low 87 touches last season, Johnson has asked to be traded, but there have been no takers for now, and Dorsey has no recourse but to talk him up. Expect a deal to get done, though -- perhaps on draft weekend -- and then we can access Johnson's fantasy outlook from there.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 4/18/19 3:37pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has not been present for offseason workouts this week, and general manager John Dorsey said he is not sure if Johnson will participate in the minicamp next week.
Huddle Up: Johnson has asked for a trade, but it appears like he will remain with the Browns. He likely will serve as the No. 2 running back for the Browns while Kareem Hunt is suspended and can be a solid receiver out of the backfield. He probably can be a No. 4 running back in point-per-reception leagues.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 4/2/19 10:28am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has been the subject of calls from teams exploring a possible trade, but the compensation offers haven't yet interested the Browns, who are determined to 'not just give him away.'
Huddle Up: Johnson has averaged only 133.5 touches per season in his four years in Cleveland, including a career-low 87 in 2018, and he clearly needs a fresh start if the Duke Johnson fantasy reality is ever going to come close to matching the hype.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 4/1/19 2:47pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson's representatives have asked the Browns to trade him, according to a source. Johnson did not attend voluntary workouts Monday, April 1, and the New York Jets, Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles have already shown interest in Johnson.
Huddle Up: Johnson and the Browns have seemingly been at odds since the addition of Kareem Hunt. Hunt is suspended for half the season, but Johnson still wants out. He has PPR RB3 upside or better depending on where he lands.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 3/27/19 2:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is staying put as the Browns have seemingly cooled on trade talks for their pass-catching running back. Head coach Freddie Kitchens said Johnson is a good football player and will have a role with the Browns.
Huddle Up: Johnson will be busy for at least half the season while Kareem Hunt is suspended. Look for him to continue his job as the pass-catching running back alongside Nick Chubb. As such, Johnson demands PPR RB3 attention in what is one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 3/11/19 1:56pm ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to receive interest from the Miami Dolphins during free agency, according to source. One source said Taylor is the team's leading candidate to serve as a bridge quarterback in 2019.
Huddle Up: Taylor lost his starting job this past season but has played well at times over the last few seasons. His ability to run helps his fantasy value, but he should only be considered a low-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he starts for the Dolphins.
David Njoku - TEPosted 2/28/19 2:10pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku has been a solid pass catcher, but general manager John Dorsey said he wants to see Njoku improve as a run blocker.
Huddle Up: Njoku finished the 2018 season with 639 yards and four touchdowns but would see more snaps if he becomes a more all-around tight end. He will still have a solid role in the passing game and could be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end in leagues.
Rashard Higgins - WRPosted 2/28/19 2:33pm ET
Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent WR Rashard Higgins will receive a tender offer this offseason.
Huddle Up: Higgins recorded 572 yards and four touchdowns this past season and could be a top-three receiver for the Browns in 2019 depending on what the team does at the position. He has a chance to be a late-round option in fantasy leagues.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 2/27/19 2:22pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will not be moved to wide receiver even though the team added RB Kareem Hunt this offseason, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Huddle Up: Johnson's future with the team is still uncertain but likely will be used mostly as a receiver out of the backfield if he remains with the team. He can be a flex option in point-per-reception leagues depending on his role.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 2/25/19 4:09pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson could be traded this offseason depending on the length of RB Kareem Hunt's suspension, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Huddle Up: Johnson is a solid receiver out of the backfield and likely would receive interest from multiple teams if he is placed on the trading block. He could be a late-round option in point-per-reception leagues next season.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 2/24/19 7:15pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry has logged 481 receptions in his first five NFL seasons, breaking the record of 426 catches by Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald.
Huddle Up: Landry had a down year by his standards in his first season in Cleveland, but he still saw plenty of targets. With an offseason to develop more chemistry with Baker Mayfield, Landry could re-emerge as a PPR monster in 2019.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 2/11/19 3:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is not expendable 'yet,' according to general manager John Dorsey.
Huddle Up: Johnson's fantasy value is hard to gauge with the addition of Kareem Hunt, but it undoubtedly takes a hit. The Browns want to keep Johnson around for now since Hunt is only on a one-year deal and considering the short leash he's on. With Nick Chubb and now Hunt in the mix, though, Johnson's worth is as a mid-to late-round PPR flier.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 2/7/19 9:20am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield said he will use his narrow, second-place finish in the NF Offensive Rookie of the Year voting as motivation this offseason. Mayfield finished five votes behind winner Saquon Barkley. 'Yeah, I'll use it as motivation,'' Mayfield said Wednesday, Feb. 6, via Cleveland.com. 'But the more important thing is winning football games. Yeah, it's more frustrating than anything because Saquon, that's my guy and he'll hold it over my head forever. But you know what, I'll use that as motivation and I'll be better in the long run.'
Huddle Up: Mayfield threw for 27 TDs and 14 interceptions while finishing 15th among quarterbacks in average fantasy points per game. Now entering the offseason as the unquestioned starter, and with another year to build in the same system, look for Mayfield to challenge for QB1 status in 2019.
Rashard Higgins - WRPosted 2/1/19 3:35pm ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent WR Rashard Higgins said he wants to re-sign with the Browns this offseason and hopes to agree to a long-term deal before the start of free agency.
Huddle Up: Higgins finished the 2018 season with 572 yards and four touchdowns and appears to have good chemistry with Baker Mayfield. He probably would be the team's No. 3 receiver if he returns to the Browns behind Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway. He has a chance to be a No. 4 fantasy receiver in 2019 that can be in the starting lineup against favorable matchups.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 1/31/19 6:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield said he believes in head coach Freddie Kitchens and is excited to have offensive continuity. 'We had something special and I want to build on it,' Mayfield said.
Huddle Up: Mayfield threw 19 touchdowns in eight games with Kitchens running the show, and there is a chance that Mayfield could become a QB1 down the road. For now, he will be a QB2 with upside heading into 2019.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 1/20/19 5:53pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry had a career-low 81 receptions in 2018, but his 149 target were tied for ninth in the NFL.
Huddle Up: While Landry wasn't the PPR monster in 2018 that fantasy owners have become accustomed to, he was still a frequent target of Cleveland quarterbacks. With an offseason to work with Baker Mayfield, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Landry's numbers return to normal in 2019.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 1/19/19 8:07pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb's four runs of 40-plus yards and 11 runs of 20-plus yards in 2018 both ranked second in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Chubb didn't take over as the starter until the seventh game of the season, but he still finished 10th in the league in rushing while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. With the backfield to himself for an entire season in 2019, RB1 production should be on tap for Chubb.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 1/18/19 5:04pm ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Tyrod Taylor could consider the Baltimore Ravens a potential landing spot in free agency this offseason, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Taylor made his only Pro Bowl in 2015 when new Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman called the plays with the Buffalo Bills, and Taylor spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with Baltimore before leaving for Buffalo in 2015.
Huddle Up: With Joe Flacco almost guaranteed to be elsewhere in 2019, the Ravens are going to have to decide if Robert Griffin III is the man they want backing up Lamar Jackson. Taylor didn't play particularly well with the Browns last season, but his game is similar to Jackson's and would allow Baltimore to stick with its game plan if Jackson were to miss time. Taylor will certainly seek out potential starting opportunities elsewhere first, but a reunion with the Ravens makes sense if he doesn't like what the market has to offer.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 12/30/18 6:03pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry registered five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown across nine targets in Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: The fifth-year receiver went over 5,000 career yards in the finale, and he ended up with 976 yards on 81 grabs with four scores. He wasn't used by Cleveland in his traditional slot role like his days in Miami, rather seeing time on the outside instead. His targets were still rather high and he was over 11.5 yards per reception for just the second time in five seasons. If he sticks asround in Cleveland with Baker Mayfield this could be one of the more dangerous young duos in the league.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 12/30/18 5:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb ran nine times for 24 yards in the Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens and he added two grabs for minus-4 yards.
Huddle Up: Ouch. That wasn't the finish fantasy owners envisioned, but it was probably expected against a stingy defense fighting for their playoff lives. He ended up just missing the 1,000-yard mark, going for 996 rushing yards and eight touchdowns with 20 catches, 149 yards and two more scores. He will be an early-round fantasy pick in most leagues in 2019, looking like a legit low-end RB1 or must-have RB2.
Antonio Callaway - WRPosted 12/30/18 6:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway posted four receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Callaway wrapped up his rookie season with 43 catches, 586 yards and five scores. His production was a bit erratic at times, but that's to be expected with a rookie. It looks like Cleveland has a steady quarterback situation in place, now once they get a steady coaching situation Callaway and the offense might really start popping.
Rashard Higgins - WRPosted 12/30/18 6:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Rashard Higgins posted four receptions for 86 yards on six targets in the Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Higgins ended up with 39 grabs, 572 yards and four touchdowns this season, making him a decent WR5 in most fantasy formats. Depending on the personnel moves the team makes in the offseason, Higgins could factor in prominently in 2019 in Cleveland.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/30/18 6:44pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku managed three grabs for 62 yards on seven targets in Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Njoku wrapped up his second season with 56 catches, 639 yards and four touchdowns. He has TE1 potential, but will be right on that borderline TE1/TE2 area heading into the 2019.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/28/18 2:22pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 28 and he is off the injury report ahead of the Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Njoku will be looking to build upon his finest game of the season from a fantasy perspective, as he had three grabs for 73 yards and a touchdown, just his fourth score of the year. He had six grabs for 69 yards on 11 targets in the first game against Baltimore back on Oct. 7.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/27/18 1:16pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Njoku made big strides in his second season even with a rookie quarterback at the helm for most of the year. He should finish as a TE1 and can be drafted as such in the mid-to-late rounds of 2019 fantasy drafts.
David Njoku - TEPosted 12/26/18 1:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Njoku put up a season-high 73 yards last week while adding a touchdown. He's in the TE1 conversation again going into the year's final contest.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 12/24/18 11:27am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb needs 28 rushing yards to become the second rookie running back in NFL history to achieve 1,000 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns on fewer than 200 carries. After Week 17, Chubb will have started in only nine games.
Huddle Up: Chubb has taken the league by storm. The one downfall to his fantasy outlook is that he's not heavily involved in the passing game. Still, he's a late-first to early-second round draft consideration in 2019 drafts.
Nick Chubb - RBPosted 12/23/18 1:37pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Chubb has posted back-to-back 100-yard games and has received at least 13 carries in eight of the last nine games. He will have a tough matchup next week but can still be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Baker Mayfield - QBPosted 12/23/18 1:30pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield went 27-for-37 for 284 yards and three touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. He also rushed for 16 yards on six carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Mayfield has played well since taking over the job early in the season and has five touchdowns in the last two games. He will be facing a tough Baltimore Ravens defense in Week 17 but could still be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 12/23/18 1:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson caught six passes for 54 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. He also rushed for 12 yards on two carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Johnson is still used in the running game but is making the biggest impact in the passing game. He could be considered a flex option in some point-per-reception leagues next week.
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