Browns Fantasy News

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Falcons RB Steven Jackson (illness, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 12. Jackson has a pretty good matchup against the Browns. Devonta Freeman might see a few extra touches with Antone Smith done for the year.

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Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Browns WR Josh Gordon (not injury related) took limited practice reps all week. We have Gordon ranked as a high-end WR2 in his first game back. His matchup with the Falcons is highly favorable.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (illness, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12. Jones is getting over a bug, but is fully expected to play against the Browns. The missed practice time is a slight concern.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion, out) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is out for Week 12. The good news is that Cameron returned to practice on Friday, so maybe a return is growing closer. He could be a good stretch-run add for TE-needy teams.

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) returns to practice

Friday, November 21, 2014, 12:22pm

Nate Ulrich, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns TE Jordan Cameron and S Johnson Bademosi (concussions) returned to practice today.

Fantasy Impact:

Cameron may not be able to make it back for Week 12, but his return to practice is a sign of hope that he'll be able to return this season. Owners with issues at tight end should consider a late-week pickup and stash.

Vikings OC: Despite addition of Ben Tate, Jerick McKinnon is 'our running back'

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:43pm

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Jerick McKinnon need not worry; the Vikings claim they didn't bring sign Ben Tate to be the starting running back.

Minnesota picked Tate up on waivers Wednesday and he practiced Thursday, two days after he was released by the Cleveland Browns. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Tate was signed for insurance because McKinnon was the only regular running back able to practice at all this week.

"We're in a situation where (Wednesday) we had one back that could practice, so the timing of (Tate) being released and the opportunity for us to add a back ... was good timing," Turner said. "We're excited about Jerick and what he's done, and I see him as our running back. He's been limited in practice last week and couldn't practice (Wednesday), so you've got to protect yourself."

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon may see an extra large workload this week with Matt Asiata likely out and Ben Tate trying to get up to speed in the offense.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Browns WR Josh Gordon (not injury related) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Gordon is currently ranked as our #13 WR for Week 12. Last year, after being suspended for the first two games, Gordon returned (with QB Brian Hoyer) in Week 3 and caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. It’s very difficult to bench him in a great matchup with the Falcons even if he is a bit limited in his first game back.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (illness) missed practice again Thursday. Jones is getting over a bug, but is fully expected to play against the Browns. The missed practice time is a slight concern.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. There were rumblings last week that Cameron may miss the remainder of the season since his symptoms were still intermittent. It’s not looking good for Week 12.

Browns Beat: Falcons wise to expect a 'full dose' of WR Josh Gordon

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:45am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Browns beat writer Pat McManamon on WR Josh Gordon's potential workload in Week 12: Who in the world doesn't give a full dose of Gordon if he's ready to play? The guy has superstar ability and superstar talent. He opens up the field, draws double-teams, has excellent hands and runs like a gazelle. To think you hold a guy back who brings that to the field is borderline lunacy. The only thing Gordon might lack is being in game shape, but last season he stepped in after a two-game suspension and had a huge game. The Browns are tempering expectations, and they might be wise to do so. I believe nothing will hold Gordon back. The Falcons are wise to plan for him to be full-go.

Fantasy Impact:

In Week 3 of last year, Gordon came off of a two-game suspension (with Brian Hoyer at QB) and turned 19 targets into 10 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. It was a shorter suspension and a different coaching staff, but even if Gordon doesn't play 90 percent of the snaps, he can still post a great fantasy line against a shaky Falcons pass defense.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Browns WR Josh Gordon (not injury related) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Gordon is currently ranked as our #13 WR for Week 12. Last year, after being suspended for the first two games, Gordon returned (with QB Brian Hoyer) in Week 3 and caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. It’s very difficult to bench him in a great matchup with the Falcons.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. There were rumblings last week that Cameron may miss the remainder of the season since his symptoms were still intermittent. It’s not looking good for Week 12.

Vikings claim RB Ben Tate on waivers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns, a league source told ESPN.com's Field Yates.

Unless he is able to win an appeal of his suspension, Adrian Peterson will miss the rest of the season. The Vikings have used rookie running back Jerick McKinnon as their primary ballcarrier in Peterson's absence, and have also given Matt Asiata plenty of work in passing and goal-line situations.

McKinnon, though, has been dealing with a low back injury, and did not practice on Wednesday. Asiata also missed practice with a concussion, and the health of both backs -- as well as the loss of Peterson -- could explain the Vikings' quest for more running back depth.

Fantasy Impact:

Since McKinnon played through his back injury last week, Asiata seems less likely to play in Week 12, and that may thrust Tate into a backup role against the Packers. McKinnon's workload is fairly safe, though the arrival of Tate doesn't help. It's a sign that the team is not optimistic about Adrian Peterson's chances of winning his appeal.

Steelers release RB LeGarrette Blount

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:44pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Steelers have dumped running back LeGarrette Blount.

The team announced the move on Tuesday.

Blount, who signed a two-year deal as a free agent after a strong playoff performance with the Patriots, reportedly left the playing area in Tennessee last night before the game against the Titans ended. Starter LeVeon Bell (who was the other half of the alleged preseason pot-smoking Pittsburgh duo) gained more than 200 yards on the night; Blount gained none.

Eight weeks ago, Blount had 113 yards in a prime-time win over the Panthers. Per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blount had been an “internal problem” over the past month, and Blount had been “dragging down” Bell.

Fantasy Impact:

Blount will now be eligible for waivers, just like Ben Tate with the Browns who was released just hours ago. The Steelers will likely have to make a move for another back as only Dri Archer and Will Johnson sit behind Bell on the depth chart. Like we said about Tate, perhaps take a wait and see approach on Blount, as it's possible he lands in a situation that could end up being better. Given the choice, teams in need of a RB would likely rather have Tate.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12:24pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Former Cleveland Browns Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs is signing a contract with the Indianapolis Colts today, Northeast Ohio Media Group has confirmed.

Cribbs, a former quarterback at Kent State, played for Cleveland from 2005 through 2012. He played for the New York Jets in 2013. Cribbs was a fan favorite during his time as a Brown, and has returned 11 kicks for touchdowns during his career: three punts and eight kickoffs.

Fantasy Impact:

Now that Dan Herron is looking like the team's RB2, the Colts probably don't want to risk Herron doing any more returning. Griff Whalen has been unimpressive thus far in that department.