CLEVELAND BROWNS FANTASY OUTLOOK

Baker Mayfield

The Browns have been the most talked about team this offseason, and Mayfield is a big reason why. Coming off a strong rookie season, the 2018 No. 1 pick now has even more weapons at his disposal in a loaded Browns’ offense. Since Freddie Kitchens took over in Week 9, Mayfield ranked 10th in points among quarterbacks. Mayfield did all of this without rushing for a single touchdown, a stat that is destined to change this year. Mayfield is coming into this season with a load of confidence, one of the best receivers in the NFL in OBJ, and a play caller that plays to the strengths of his gunslinging QB. This season you can expect Mayfield to be a top-10 QB. 

 

Nick Chubb

With Kareem Hunt suspended for the first eight games of this season, Chubb is set to receive the bulk of the carries for at least the first half of the year. After becoming the lead back in Week 7, Chubb receive 80 percent of the Browns’ designed runs, ranking eighth among running backs in fantasy points during that stretch. Being the clear cut workhorse in Cleveland, Chubb can be considered a RB1 for the first half of the season, but might see a bit of a dropoff when Hunt returns from his suspension. 

 

Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry

The biggest move the Browns’ made this offseason was acquiring OBJ from the Giants. Despite missing his last four games and being in one of the most dreadful offenses in the league last season, Beckham still managed to score the 16th most fantasy points among receivers. Now with Baker Mayfield as his quarterback, Beckham is poised to receive a load of targets down the field, something the Giants’ offense lacked last season. Beckham is going to make a big splash in his first year in Cleveland and is a top-10 receiver in 2019. Unfortunately for Landry, the addition of OBJ will cause his targets to decrease. Landry had his worst season in the past four seasons last year, and ranked 28th among receivers after Kitchens took over the play calling. Landry could still produce a top-25 year, but is best placed as a low-end WR2 this season.

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