Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 6/14/19 9:25am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry says the team's new offense will take some time to gel under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who has received some help recently from head coach Freddie Kitchens. 'Freddie has done a great job of monitoring, stepping in when he needs to step in,' Landry said Friday, June 14. 'Todd continues to teach us the way -- every guy is different as far as learning so continues to try to teach us. We kinda go from there. It's a new offense. There's a lot to learn. There's a lot of moving parts. It takes some time, not everything goes smoothly.'
Huddle Up: While most all of the arrows continue to point up in Cleveland, don't go too far overboard with the Browns' hype. As for Landry, value him as a low-end WR3 in standard leagues and bump him up slightly in PPR formats.
Antonio Callaway - WRPosted 6/6/19 10:01am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway has set goals of 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns for his second pro season.
Huddle Up: That would double his rookie output of 586 yards and five scores, but with target monsters Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry also at the position and TE David Njoku in the mix as well, Callaway might do well coming close to his 2018 numbers. He's a end-of-the-draft WR flyer at best.
Antonio Callaway - WRPosted 6/6/19 5:47pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway said he wants to post at least 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
Huddle Up: Callaway probably will be behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in terms of targets this upcoming season but should still have a decent role in the passing game. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on him during the preseason because he could be a late-round option in some leagues.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 6/4/19 9:40am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson reiterated his demand to be traded as he spoke to reporters following a mandatory minicamp practice Tuesday, June 4.
Huddle Up: Johnson certainly has the skills to be a PPR standout but 87 touches -- a career-low last season -- isn't going to cut it. Value him as a PPR RB5 unless his situation changes.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 6/4/19 7:13pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is expected to play a 'significant' role in 2019, according to comments made by head coach Freddie Kitchens to Andrew Gribble of the team's website.
Huddle Up: It's not hard imagining Johnson playing roughly 30 percent of the snaps during the first half of the season when Nick Chubb is the only other notable back around, but it's going to be hard for him to contribute in a significant way once Kareem Hunt returns. The most likely outcome will be Cleveland dealing Johnson to a team around the trade deadline that either needs a running back or just lost one to injury. The odds are very high that he will not be on the Browns' roster next spring.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 6/3/19 3:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson reported to the team Monday, June 3, for the start of the mandatory minicamp this week, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Johnson has skipped the offseason workouts and is looking for a trade. He is a solid receiver out of the backfield and should be valuable in point-per-reception leagues depending on his role with a team.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 5/31/19 6:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson, who has not attended OTAs and has asked for a trade, is expected to attend mandatory minicamp, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Huddle Up: Johnson's role diminished last year, but he's been an excellent receiving threat out of the backfield in the past. If it ends up being business as usual, he's a decent RB4 prospect in PPR formats. If he holds out or Cleveland parts ways with him, Dontrell Hilliard is a name to file away in PPR leagues.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 5/31/19 6:33pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Dontrell Hilliard will be able to fill the role of third-down back if RB Duke Johnson's contract dispute turns into a long-term issue, according to running backs coach Stump Mitchell. 'Dontrell has played some receiver, which is making him very valuable to this team,' Mitchell said. 'He can do everything well.'
Huddle Up: It remains to be seen if Johnson shows up when practices become mandatory, but if he isn't with the team for whatever reason when Week 1 roles around, Hilliard could be worth a flier in PPR formats.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 5/30/19 3:21pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (undisclosed) is expected to miss minicamp next week because of an undisclosed injury, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens said Landry's absence will be precautionary.
Huddle Up: It appears like Landry will be fine for training camp, and he likely will serve as the slot receiver for the Browns this season. He can be considered a No. 3 receiver in standard leagues but should be more valuable in point-per-reception leagues.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 5/17/19 6:17pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (undisclosed) said he has been held out of spring practices because of a minor injury. 'Everything's going well, man,' Landry said. 'And then when I get my opportunity to go out there and practice, I will and it'll be back to normal and fun.'
Huddle Up: Landry should be a steady part of Cleveland's suddenly loaded passing attack, but his role out of the slot makes him more valuable in PPR formats. Still, he should be no worse than a WR3 in any league.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 5/15/19 6:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson missed voluntary OTAs for the second day in a row Wednesday, May 15.
Huddle Up: Johnson has shown in the past that he can be a valuable contributor in PPR leagues, but his role in the offense was inconsistent last year, and the Cleveland backfield is going to be crowded when Kareem Hunt returns from suspension. At best, Johnson is a RB4 in PPR formats in 2019.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 5/14/19 7:53am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will participate in voluntary organized team activities Tuesday, May 14.
Huddle Up: Johnson is a useful PPR back, but his situation becomes dicey when Kareem Hunt returns from an eight-game suspension. Johnson is more of an RB4 if you can land him as such.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 4/28/19 9:08am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson remains with the team despite his desire to be traded, and coach Freddie Kitchens said Saturday, April 27, that's fine with him. 'Duke is under contract. I have said this for like a month now, I don't know where all this trade talk started happening,' Kitchens said. 'People just assumed that we are going to trade him because we signed another good football player. Me, personally, I like good football players and I like as many of them as we can get. Duke Johnson is on this football team, Duke Johnson will have a vital role in this football team and Duke Johnson will help us win football games. Am I surprised that he's still here? No, not one bit. I haven't wavered and never said anything different other than that.'
Huddle Up: The Free Duke Johnson movement hit a new fever pitch last season as their man had a career-low 87 touches, and despite Kitchens' optimism, it's hard to envision Johnson getting heavily involved with all the new weapons the Browns have added, most notably Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 4/26/19 3:10pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry did not participate in the voluntary minicamp this week, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Landry should participate in the mandatory workouts this offseason and will be a solid contributor in the passing game in 2019. He probably will be more valuable in point-per-reception leagues but can be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 4/24/19 1:26pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is not participating in the voluntary minicamp this week, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been looking for a trade and likely will skip all of the voluntary workouts if he is not traded. He likely will serve as the No. 2 running back while Kareem Hunt serves his suspension but probably would see a drop in playing time during the second half of the season. Johnson has value in point-per-reception leagues, but owners should monitor the situation this offseason.
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.
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