Fantasy Football – NFL Preview – Cleveland Brown

Fantasy Football – NFL Preview – Cleveland Brown

Daily Fantasy Sports managers, be prepared for some Daily Fantasy Football. In the next few weeks, we are going to do a preview of every football team in preparation for the NFL 2015 season. So read up and go play One Day Fantasy Football for the cash and prizes starting September 10th.

The Cleveland Browns were on their way to the playoffs after 11 games last year. But failed to record a single win in their last 5 games. It’s been 13 years since their last post-season appearance.

Cash Draft Offensive analysis

QB Josh McCown will start for his 3rd team in 3 years when the season begins. The journeyman was able to show off his skills in the latter half of the 2013 season with the Chicago Bears. He followed up by signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who needed a starting quarterback. He didn’t perform well with them, finishing the year with 184 completions for 2206 passing yards and 11 touchdowns while throwing 14 interception. He’ll now get the chance to play with a team that had no success at this position for a while, and are looking for a quick fix to help them.

QB Johnny Manziel has failed, last year, to become the franchise quarterback the Browns needed. His first season in the NFL, Johnny “Football” threw 18 completion for 175 yards and no touchdown while giving up 2 interception in 5 game. His poor play and off field problems has led him to Cleveland’s Dawg Pound. He took the offseason to check himself into a rehabilitation center for alcoholism. He now comes back with renewed confidence that he can succeed and take McCowns spot has the starter eventually this season. It will be his last chance for him to prove that he can be a starting quarterback with the Browns.

RB’s Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West both led the back end last year. Crowell ran for 607 yards and led the teams with 8 touchdowns, while West had 672 rushing yards and 4 touchdown. They will likely share the workload in the backfield, but Crowell will get more carries as the official number 1. Look out for rookie RB Duke Johnson who is a smaller but a quicker option. Last year with the Miami Hurricanes, he collected 1652 through the run and 10 touchdowns. He could become the starter by season end.

With WR Josh Gordon suspended because of an alcohol related incident, the Browns needed to find new option at the position. The added WR’s Dwayne Bowe, from Kansas City, and Brian Hartline, from Miami. Dwayne Bowe had a one of the worst season of his career, acquiring no touchdown and 754 yards in 60 receptions. He is far removed from his tremendous 2010 season. Brian Hartline is also coming out of the worst season of his career, catching the football 39 times for 474 yards and 2 touchdown. He has 12 touchdown in his 6 year career. WR Andrew Hawkins had the most reception out of all Cincinnati receivers last year. With 824 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns last year, he will take the third receiver spot.

The Browns will deeply miss TE Jordan Cameron who flew out in direction of Miami. His replacement will be veteran TE Gary Barnidge. In 2014, he had 13 reception for 156 yards and no touchdowns. It is unlikely that Barnidge will receive a lot of targets, he is more of an extra blocker.

Cash Draft Defensive analysis

They are stacked on the defensive line. DE Phil Taylor is back in the middle of the defense after missing part of last year due to injury. His presence will help solidify the line against the run. If he fall to injury again, there’s last year 1st round draft pick DT Danny Shelton ready to take the spot. A product of the Washington Huskies, Shelton finished his last year of college football with 9 sacks.

The depth of linebackers is the biggest issue for this defense. OLB Paul Kruger led the team last year with 11 sacks. He is ready to do it again, and this time with the company of rookie LB Nate Orchard helming the other side. Orchard sacked quarterbacks 18.5 time last year with the Utah Utes. The 12 year veteran, ILB Karlos Dansby, has showed signs of slowing down last season, acquiring 93 combined tackle, his lowest total since 2007.

The safety group is as good as any in the NFL with SS Donte Whitner and FS Tashaun Gipson. The loss of DB Buster Skrine to the Jets will hurt the secondary. DB Tramon Williams comes in as the replacement for Skrine. He had 70 combined tackle and 3 interceptions last year with Green Bay.

Fantasy Football Outlook

It will be a tough year in Cleveland if McCown or Manziel don’t step up their game.  It’s even tougher when you’re in the AFC North division crowded by Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Baltimore.


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