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2012 Preview: Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns organization always seem to be on the outside looking in at the rest of the league.  Everytime you think they are about to turn a corner, another door slams right in their face.  A couple of short years ago, Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis had strongholds on their respective positions.  McCoy was drafted by the Browns and shortly became the QB of the future, and Hillis was traded away from the Broncos and he ran his way to a Madden cover.  In the present day, Hillis is no longer in Brown uniform after a terrible season of injuries and arguments with the Cleveland front office, AND McCoy has been slapped with the concussion prone tag and has to fight for the starting spot against “old” rookie, Brandon Weeden.  That’s a lot to deal with, espcially with being the weakest team in their division.  While the Steelers, Bengals, and Ravens seemingly get better every season, the Browns keep inching backwards.  But will a new rookie RB and a quarterback “controversy” put some bite back in the Dawg Pound’s bark, or will they continue to run with their tail between their legs.

Fantasy Football Studs:  Joshua Cribbs can be very dangerous as a return man for the Browns special teams, and CB Joe Haden is strong at his position, which makes them defensive sleeper.  But they are far from being a fantasy stud.  The only fantasy stud from Cleveland, took his talents to South Beach and is playing in the NBA finals.  But back to football.  Rookie running back Trent Richardson could be a stud, but according to NFL legend, Jim Brown, he is ordinary at best.  So we will have to wait and see how he runs the rock.  However, he is worth a draft pick.  There are no other players worth mentioning. Continue reading


The Dawg Pound

 

Make no mistake, the Browns have ALWAYS run the ball.  That won’t change. last year the plan was for Montario Hardesty and Peyton Hillis to share the rock.  But, Hardesty got hurt in the pre-season, making way for Hillis.  Hillis took full advantage of the opportunity to the tune of 1177 rushing, 477 receiving, 13 total TDs, and Fantasy stardom.  Hillis has had a durability problem in his career, but he made through the 16 game season last year.  He has also developed a fumbling problem.  Last year, Hillis fumbled 8 times, losing 5.  That can kill a Fantasy week.  Look for the Browns to run the ball a lot this year with both Hardesty and Hillis.  I see both as being viable Fantasy options.  You can draft both with no hesitation.

The Browns’ Defense Ranked 22nd in the league last year, with 19 INTs and 8 forced fumbles.  Nothing really to write down on your draft day cheat sheet to be honest.  The “highlight”? Josh Cribbs on special teams has demonstrated big time return man ability, but last season he didn’t take a single punt to the house.

Colt McCoy has solidified himself as the QB of the present and the future.  It’s definitely his job to lose.  Last year as a rookie, he got the job because of injuries to both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, and because he didn’t completely stink it up, he kept the spot.  Unfortunately, McCoy is not a Fantasy QB just yet.  The Browns are a running team first and foremost.  He’s a game manager and he really has few options to throw to.   Last year in 8 games, he threw for 1576 yards and 6 TDs, all tops for the Browns.  Not what you are looking for as a Fantasy starters.    This year if Colt stays healthy, with more time with his receivers he could be a Fantasy sleeper.  He also has a couple of new weapons.  Keep your eye on Colt.

Cleveland Brown Wide Receivers are not hot Fantasy Football Prospects. In fact, their top “Receiver” was the TE Benjamin Watson with 763 yards and 3 TDs.  Cleveland addressed the need for another playmaker at wide out in this year’s draft with UNC’s Greg Little.  Little was suspended for all of 2010.  Many feel that he is in fact 1st round talent, so maybe the Browns got a steal.  He’s a big target at 6’2′ 231lbs–perfect for McCoy to see down field.  Brown’s head coach Pat Shurmur has already said Little could be the #1 this year…sleeper alert? This guy was the 3rd ranked WR in the draft behind AJ Green and Julio Jones on some draft boards in terms of talent.  (That lying to NCAA investigators bit won’t  get him endorsements right away, but it has nothing to do with Fantasy Football points!).  Josh Cribbs was once a Fantasy Football stud…as a return man.  Hopefully with a little more stability at QB this year, Cribbs will have more of an impact. 

We are about to grab a cup of coffee and head to Seattle next…


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