The Browns are going with the “baseball” approach this year by placing a heavy emphasis on analytics to build and run the team. How will this affect the on field fantasy production? Also let us not forget about the new coach in town Hue Jackson.
WR Corey Coleman
Coming out of college Coleman was considered arguably the most explosive and dangerous player in the 2016 NFL Draft. The ability to stretch the field as well as turning an 8-yard play into a 50 yarder is what this Baylor Bear dynamo brings to the table. Scoring 34 touchdowns in his college career, 20 of those coming just last season to lead the FBS in touchdown receptions. Coleman was doing all of this without a grasp of the full route tree. Running just a handful of routes Coleman’s potential is untapped and a bit of a mystery at this point. However, the physical tools are in place and Hue Jackson may be the guy to tap into that potential. This leaves me to believe that he is a boom or bust type of fantasy player in 2016.
TE Gary Barnidge
You could say one or two guys will always “ball” on a team no matter how bad the team is and Gary Barnidge just happened to be one of those players in 2015. Barnidge led all Browns players in all the major receiving categories. Barnidge was the best fantasy option in Cleveland by far and he went virtually undrafted in all fantasy leagues. He tallied 79 rec, 1043 yds, and 9 TDs to our collective surprise; and due to a lack of depth at the TE position he will likely be a TE1 in 2016. Travis Benjamin’s 68 rec 966 yds and 5 TDs is no longer in town, Coleman is a boom or bust rookie, and Josh Gordon will miss a month at minimum. This was all done with shotty QB play and dysfunction. With Hue Jackson running the offense I can see Barnidge doing IT again. Remember how Eifert was used in Cincy while Hue was the OC. For this reason Barnidge is a Top 10 TE.
QB Robert Griffin III
Remember RG3’s rookie season? The way he took the NFL by storm… Griffin’s rookie campaign was one for the ages. He amassed over 4,000 passing and rushing yards combined in 15 games. Unfortunately, that was four years ago and RG3 hasn’t done much since besides being injured, losing his starting gig, becoming a locker room malcontent, and getting ousted by the Washington Redskins. Now playing for the Cleveland Browns and Hue Jackson, RG3 has much to prove to himself, the Browns faithful, the NFL and most importantly the “Fantasy Football community.” Griffin will have every opportunity to lay claim to the staring gig in Cleveland but whether or not he will be effective is anyone’s guess. Buyer beware.
Others of Note:
- RB Isaiah Crowell
- RB Duke Johnson
- WR Josh Gordon