Browns Fantasy News

Terrance West was benched vs. Jags

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:20am

Akron Beaon-Journal - [Full Article]

Rookie Terrance West was benched for the rest of the game after he gained just 1 yard on second-and-2 from the Jaguars’ 25-yard line and was then stopped for no gain on third-and-1 from the 24 late in the second quarter.

Instead of calling for a 42-yard field goal attempt, Pettine gambled on fourth-and-1, quarterback Brian Hoyer threw incomplete under pressure and the Jaguars responded with a three-play, 76-yard touchdown drive to capture a 7-6 halftime lead. They never trailed again.

West had room to run for a first down on both crucial carries. On second down, he had an opening off the right edge but danced in the hole. On third down, he ran into center John Greco after cutting back. West estimated he would have advanced 7 yards beyond the first-down marker had he not hesitated and collided with Greco.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns said they are going to re-evaluate the use of their three-back system, and it may be West who gets to watch a little more from the sideline after not hitting the hole against the Jags. Ben Tate seems to be the guy to own here, but the presence of West and Isaiah Crowell could cap his value as anything more than a flex play. The hope is this situation plays itself out, but the reality is we may hear a lot of talk about committees and hot hands.

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Browns plan to look at RB rotation plan

Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:16pm

News Herald - [Full Article]

Too much of a good thing really might be too much when it comes to the Browns’ crowded stable at running back.

The Browns have played six games, but the one played Oct. 19 in Jacksonville was only the second in which Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West were all available for all four quarters. The game played in Tennessee was the other.

It wasn’t an issue in Nashville, where Tate carried 23 times for 123 yards, West seven times for 31 yards and Crowell six times for 19 yards because the Browns stormed back from being down, 28-3, to win, 29-28, and go into the NFL record books for the greatest come-from-behind road victory in the history of the NFL. In Jacksonville, however, the three amigos combined for 28 carries and 62 yards during an ego-bruising, 24-6 defeat, so now the theory is featuring three backs instead of two doesn’t allow any of them to get into a groove.

“We’ll have discussions this week how to best rotate those guys,” Coach Mike Pettine said in his day-after news conference. “It’s a good problem to have, but you’re still dealing with the word ‘problem’ so it’s something we have to plan for.”

Fantasy Impact:

No back was in the game for more than two consecutive series in Jacksonville, the story said. The backs also talked about how it's difficult to get into a rhythm when there are three backs in the rotation and earlier this year Tate said he preferred a two-back rotation. It sounds like the Browns are going to take a look at their rotation.

Browns sticking with Brian Hoyer at QB

Monday, October 20, 2014, 5:44pm

Chronicle-Telegram - [Full Article]

Rookie coach Mike Pettine isn’t hitting the panic button after an ugly 24-6 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. That includes at the quarterback spot.

Brian Hoyer is still firmly our starter,” Pettine said.

Hoyer played his worst game with the Browns, falling to 6-3 as the starter. He was 16-for-41 for 215 yards, an interception, a lost fumble and a 46.3 rating.

Fantasy Impact:

One bad game normally isn’t enough to make a switch at quarterback, but rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel is the backup so there is extra attention on the position. The story said that Pettine said he didn’t consider going to Manziel to try to jump-start the offense. Manziel hasn’t played since the pass to him against Baltimore in Week 3 was called back by penalty. He’s played four official snaps this season.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (finger, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. N o worries here.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (knee, probable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is probable for Week 7. The probable tag means that Harbor is virtually certain to face the Browns.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (finger) took full practice reps again Thursday. Tate should be fine for a great matchup against the Jaguars.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (finger) practiced fully Wednesday. Tate should be fine for a great matchup against the Jaguars.

Monday, October 13, 2014, 9:49am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled getting the ball to WR Markus Wheaton. Roethlisberger targeted Wheaton 11 times, but they connected four times for 33 yards.

Roethlisberger barely overthrew a wide-open Wheaton in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Earlier in a game that the Steelers actually controlled through the first 15 minutes, Roethlisberger fired a pass that Wheaton wasn’t ready for on a critical third down inside the Browns' 10-yard line.

Roethlisberger apparently expected to Wheaton to snap his head around sooner. That Wheaton looked surprised to see the ball coming his way spoke volumes about how alarmingly lacking the Steelers have been when it comes to details, something that goes straight to the top of the coaching staff.

Fantasy Impact:

The two don't seem to be on the same page and it was again Antonio Brown who went over 100 yards with a TD, even seeing a lot of time against Browns stud CB Joe Haden. Steeler WRs have historically put up fantasy-worthy numbers over the years but so far Wheaton hasn't had more than 60 yards receiving in a game since Week 1.

Doug Martin feels breakout game coming soon

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:56pm - [Full Article]

Doug Martin hasn't found the right footing since his breakout rookie campaign in 2012. After missing most of last season with a shoulder injury, Martin missed two games for the Buccaneers this year with a knee injury. In the time he has been on the field he hasn't looked great.

Martin hasn't had a 100-yard outing in his past seven games, and this season he has fewer than 50 rushing yards in all three contests he's participated in. The problem hasn't been just the Buccaneers' blocking. Martin has caused just three missed tackles on his 37 carries and six receptions this season. That low percentage ranks him 39th out of 43 running backs with at least 25 percent of a team's attempts.

Still, Lovie Smith said this week he plans to stick with Martin, and the young runner has shown positives the past two weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

Martin believes that a much-needed breakout game is coming soon. Martin said he's been "close" to busting out, and that he "can't wait until it happens." Owners probably feel the same way. Unfortunately, Martin will find the sledding tough again this week against a stingy Baltimore Ravens run defense. But softer defenses are on the horizon after a Week 7 bye: Vikings Week 8, ranked 21st in allowing fantasy points to RBs; Browns Week 9 ranked 23rd and the Falcons Week 10 ranked 32nd.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:47pm - [Full Article]

Now that Brian Hoyer has established himself as the starting quarterback of the Browns for at least the short term, he’s in position to make a case for himself as the long-term answer.

He’ll reach a crossroads in his quest Sunday when the Browns (2-2) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2).

With the Browns seeking their first AFC North win of the season after stumbling to 0-2 in the division, defeating the Steelers in a game of tremendous importance would be a significant item Hoyer could check off his to-do list as he tries to prove he should be more than just a bridge to rookie Johnny Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say that, so far, Hoyer has successfully rebounded from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered Oct. 3, 2013. Hoyer is 5-2 as a starter for the Browns, and he has only started eight games in his six-year NFL career. He went 3-0 last season, which was abruptly cut short by injury, learned a new offense in the aftermath of a coaching change, held off Manziel during a quarterback competition in the summer and has gone 2-2 this season. Since Hoyer joined the Browns last year, they have averaged 26 points in his seven starts and 17.6 points in all other games. The Browns, however, don’t know Hoyer’s ceiling yet because the sample size is still small. So Hoyer must stay healthy, continue to play well and, above all, win.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (finger, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. Tate is ready to go for a so-so matchup against the Steelers. The Browns showed last week that they plan on feeding him when he’s healthy.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (ankle, shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. Cameron’s shoulder is less of a concern now. He should be able to get it going soon. He saw seven targets in Week 5.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (finger) took full practice reps again Thursday. No worries here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Browns WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (ankle, shoulder) took full practice reps again Thursday. Cameron’s shoulder is less of a concern now. He should be able to get it going soon. He saw seven targets in Week 5.