The Cleveland Browns were the NFL’s worst team last year, so they don’t feature many fantasy football options. The Gary Barnidge era ended this offseason, so which Browns are fantasy relevant now?
First off, don’t draft Josh Gordon. I’m guilty of it myself, buying into that this will be the season Gordon gets it together. Even if he is eventually reinstated, Gordon hasn’t played in the NFL since 2014.
If your heart is set on drafting a Baylor wide receiver on the Browns, draft Corey Coleman. A broken hand derailed his rookie season, but Coleman offers real upside. His current ADP is round 11 which offers real value. Stash Coleman on your bench and wait for a breakout game to trade him.
BUST: Kenny Britt
Why the Browns let Terrelle Pryor go and signed Kenny Britt is beyond me. Britt had his first 1,000 yard season in a contract year with the Rams last year. With potentially worse quarterback play in Cleveland, Britt’s numbers will dip. Use your late round picks on John Ross or Josh Doctson; younger players with more upside.
Isaiah Crowell had a strong season despite the Browns struggles. Crowell carried the ball nearly 200 times and is one of a few workhorse backs. If you needed more convincing, the Browns signed J.C. Tretter and Kevin Zeitler this offseason. More offensive lineman is a always a positive for a running back.
Crowell is being drafted in the middle of round two which seems high. When you factor in he number of running backs with competition for carries, Crowell is worth it. Lamar Miller and Crowell are being drafted at the same spot, while Crowell offers more upside with touchdowns.
SLEEPER: David Njoku
The Browns added a lot of young talent in this year’s draft. One of those talents was tight end David Njoku. With receiving and blocking ability Njoku will be on the field a lot. With Gary Barnidge gone, Njoku will the main target at tight end.
Going at the end of drafts, Njoku is worth a shot. Whether it’s Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer at quarterback, Njoku will be one the top targets in the Browns offense this year.