Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
AFC North | 4-3-0
Avg PTS
24.7
Rank: 10th
Avg Yds
410.3
Rank: 7th
Avg PYds
239.9
Rank: 25th
Avg RYds
170.4
Rank: N/A
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Posted 10/22/2021 5:32 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb (calf) could return from a two-game absence in time to play in Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to comments made by head coach Kevin Stefanski on Friday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Assuming Chubb is cleared to go, there is a distinct possibility he will be allowed to operate as the featured back with Kareem Hunt sidelined indefinitely. D'Ernest Johnson showed he was capable in Week 7 and would likely mix in initially to ease Chubb in, but this should be the former's show for at least the next month. Even against a top-flight run defense like Pittsburgh's, Chubb should be considered a high-end RB1 if he goes.
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Posted 10/22/2021 4:33 am GMT
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper gained a team-high 42 yards on two receptions during the team's Week 7 win over the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Incredibly, that 42-yard performance Thursday night was a season high in yards and was the fourth-best showing for Hooper since he left the Falcons after the 2019 season. He's a non-factor now, even in the deepest of leagues.
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Posted 10/22/2021 4:08 am GMT
Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) had two receptions for 23 yards against the Denver Broncos on Thursday, Oct. 21. He was targeted six times.
Huddle Up: Beckham was obviously bothered by his shoulder, apparently aggravating it on an attempted catch along the sidelines. He fought through it, though, and had back-to-back catches to jumpstart a 13-play, 75-yard drive that put the Browns up 17-7 and proved to be the decisive points. Of course, 23 yards on two receptions isn't what fantasy owners have in mind, and the change at QB did nothing to get the needle pointing upward with Beckham. He's probably too talented to dump, but some time on your fantasy bench would certainly be justified.
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Posted 10/22/2021 3:46 am GMT
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (knee) suffered a left knee injury against the Denver Broncos in Week 7, but the injury isn't serious, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Huddle Up: After being sidelined for a month with a knee issue, it sounds like Landry avoided another major injury. He has been a reliable weapon when healthy and can be a WR3 for fantasy owners.
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Posted 10/22/2021 3:30 am GMT
Cleveland Browns QB Case Keenum completed 21 of his 33 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown in a 17-14 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 7.
Huddle Up: With Baker Mayfield dealing with a potentially serious shoulder issue, Keenum could find himself starting additional games moving forward. The veteran should be able to help the Browns remain competitive, but he isn't likely to move the needle for fantasy owners.
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Posted 10/22/2021 3:18 am GMT
Cleveland Browns RB D'Ernest Johnson rushed 22 times for 146 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 22 yards in a 17-14 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 7.
Huddle Up: With Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt sidelined, Johnson received his first start and more than made his presence felt. If Chubb and Hunt are still out of action in Week 8, Johnson likely earned himself another heavy workload.
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Posted 10/22/2021 12:03 am GMT
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) said he has a fractured humerus bone in his shoulder in addition to his torn labrum. Mayfield said he needs the fracture to heal before he can return to the field.
Huddle Up: Mayfield was ruled out of the Week 7 game, and his status for Week 8 is now uncertain because of the fractured bone. Fantasy players can monitor the situation over the next week, but Case Keenum may be the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.
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Posted 10/21/2021 4:34 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry was activated off the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: At least the deeply depleted Browns will have Landry on Thursday night, and he could see plenty of targets in his first game back since Week 2. He's definitely worth consideration as a starting flex option or low-end WR2.
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Posted 10/21/2021 3:06 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) is hoping to avoid necessary surgery on his left shoulder until after the season.
Huddle Up: Case Keenum will only be an option in leagues that start two QBs Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.
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Posted 10/21/2021 12:07 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) has an uphill battle to play Thursday, Oct. 21, due to a significant shoulder injury, but he hasn't been ruled out yet.
Huddle Up: Jarvis Landry looks to be ready to return, and he'll be a flex option fresh off of IR.
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Posted 10/20/2021 7:41 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.
Huddle Up: Njoku is coming off a disappointing Week 6 performance and has been held in check in three of the last four games. Fantasy players in most leagues should be able to find better options and can keep Njoku on the bench.
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Posted 10/20/2021 7:36 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 20, and is listed as questionable for Week 7.
Huddle Up: Beckham may be a game-time decision this week, so fantasy players will need to check the inactive list for his official status. He is a risky fantasy option because of his injury and the team's quarterback situation, but he can still be a No. 3 receiver if he is active.
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Posted 10/20/2021 7:35 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb (calf) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 7.
Huddle Up: D'Ernest Johnson will receive most of the work at running back with Chubb and Kareem Hunt sidelined. Johnson can be considered a No. 2 running back or flex option in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 10/20/2021 2:40 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 7. QB Case Keenum will start in his place. This will end Mayfield's streak of 51 consecutive starts.
Huddle Up: Keenum is a solid backup, but his presence will devalue Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in fantasy. Both of their top running backs are out as well, and the aforementioned receivers are flex options. Keenum is only worth consideration if you're desperate in two-QB leagues.
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Posted 10/20/2021 1:24 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) is intent on playing in Week 7 Thursday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: Mayfield has a complete tear of the labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. It has come out of place multiple times now, and it's a matter of time before surgery is necessary. Both running backs are out, and Mayfield hasn't been playing well enough to start in fantasy.
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Posted 10/19/2021 6:27 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) has yet to miss a game despite suffering a complete tear in his left labrum in Week 2. However, he told reporters that it is his decision whether or not he plays in Week 7 versus the Denver Broncos - a sentiment that head coach Kevin Stefanski seconded when he met with reporters.
Huddle Up: It seems only a matter of time before the pain or repeated aggravations - like the one he suffered in Week 6 - get to be too much. Especially with the Browns' season quickly spiraling downward as injuries to most of their key offensive personnel mount, the odds Mayfield finishes the season decrease. Managers in two-quarterback and superflex leagues should consider stashing Case Keenum if they haven't already.
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Posted 10/19/2021 5:14 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb (calf) was ruled out for Week 7 against the Denver Broncos by head coach Kevin Stefanski on Tuesday, Oct. 19. D'Ernest Johnson will get his first career start as a result.
Huddle Up: With the Browns playing on Thursday this week, Chubb had virtually no chance of getting cleared in time. Cleveland has yet to place him on IR, so there is some reason for his fantasy managers to be optimistic about a Week 8 return. When he is completely healthy, there is a strong possibility he will be used as a featured back for the month or so Kareem Hunt is sidelined. As for Week 7, Johnson and rookie Demetric Felton should share time. The former should assume the Chubb early-down role in this offense, while the latter will likely be tasked with replacing Hunt.
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Posted 10/19/2021 4:41 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt (calf) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Huddle Up: D'Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton are the names to watch in the backfield this week. Both are speculative grabs until Nick Chubb is able to return.
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Posted 10/18/2021 10:29 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) was limited during practice Monday, Oct. 18. The Browns did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Njoku was held to one catch for six yards in the last game and has posted under 20 yards in three of the last four games. He probably will see a few targets in Week 7 but can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 10/18/2021 10:25 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 18. The Browns did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Beckham should be available for the Week 7 game, but fantasy players will know more in a few days. He posted a season-high 79 yards and will continue to be the main option in the passing game. He can be at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if active.
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Posted 10/18/2021 4:04 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt (calf) will be out several weeks due to his calf injury and will likely go on the Reserve/Injured list.
Huddle Up: D'Ernest Johnson was the only other back to have a carry in Week 6. He'll likely back up Nick Chubb if Chubb can return in Week 7. Baker Mayfield is also ailing, and they play Thursday night. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Chubb and Mayfield held out in hopes of returning for Week 8. Johnson is a must-add, and Demetric Felton may be as well as they could split time Thursday night.
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