It’s no secret the Cleveland Browns want to run the ball on offense in 2015. What may be a bit of an unknown, however, as which running back stands to gain the most in their offense. Isaiah Crowell ran with the starters during Clevelands OTAs earlier this summer, but per recent reports, a “hot hand” strategy may render titles useless in Cleveland’s offensive backfield.
Needless to say, Crowell starting may not mean he’s the back to own in fantasy football this year. In fact, it’s entirely possible no Browns running back is a “must own” player due to a complete time share. That’s not a terrible strategy by the Browns given the solid stable of running backs in Crowell, Terrance West and rookie Duke Johnson.
It is, however, unfortunate news for fantasy owners who were hoping to benefit from Cleveland’s ground and pound offense.
Ultimately, this news hampers Crowell the most, as he’s largely been the first Browns running back off the board in fantasy drafts, while it arguably favors Johnson. Johnson is supposedly viewed as more of a “scat-back” by the Browns organization. This should make Johnson the best value pick heading into August drafts, although this could be a fluid situation that fantasy owners want to monitor throughout the preseason.