Browns Fantasy News

Cordarrelle Patterson should see more downfield targets
Monday, April 21, 2014, 2:54pm

Minneapolis Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

It’s convenient to say that Cordarrelle Patterson will become the next Josh Gordon, but Patterson and Gordon were used much differently in 2013.

Nearly two-thirds of Patterson’s targets came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, and a whopping 22 of them came on passes behind the line.

But Gordon did most of his damage downfield in Norv Turner’s vertical passing attack. More than 55 percent of his targets came when he was 10 yards or more past the line of scrimmage, and only Torrey Smith and A.J. Green were targeted beyond 20 yards more often. With just two targets behind the line of scrimmage, Gordon was rarely utilized in the screen game.

Patterson has the size and speeded needed to thrive in a vertical passing attack, so it’s going to be fun to watch him attempt to develop into an all-around receiver like Gordon. It will be also interesting to see how often Turner tries to take advantage of what Patterson already can do.

Fantasy Impact:

All arrows are pointing up for Patterson, who was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17 in his rookie season. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Vikings OC Norv Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later. His TD rate will be difficult to maintain, but he should see a jump in touches in 2014. Patterson is very raw as a route runner and needs to develop quickly in that facet of the game if he's to have the type of season that many are predicting.

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Kyle Rudolph (foot) running since mid-February
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:06am

Ben Goessling, Twitter - [Full Article]

Kyle Rudolph said he's had no foot problems, has been running since mid-Feb.

Fantasy Impact:

Rudolph was the #13 TE through Week 9 prior to a season-ending fracture in his foot. He was 15th in targets per game during that span, so there’s some opportunity in the workload department, especially with new OC Norv Turner in town. Turner isn’t necessarily as TE-friendly as his old boss Rob Chudzinski, but he featured Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron heavily while with the Chargers and Browns.

Texans sign Andre Brown
Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:01pm

SI.com - [Full Article]

The loss of Ben Tate has left a significant hole in the Houston Texans backfield, especially given starting running back Arian Foster’s injury history, so the team is looking for a relatively cheap replacement.

Enter Andre Brown, formerly of the New York Giants, who visited the Texans on Monday and agreed to terms on a deal with the team, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown will back up Arian Foster and offer some insurance in case Foster's injuries catch up with him.

Browns sign Nate Burleson to a one-year deal
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:28am

Cleveland Browns - [Full Article]

The Browns have agreed to terms on a deal with WR Nate Burleson, the club announced.

Burleson, who spent the past four seasons in Detroit, will provide the Browns with some depth and an experienced veteran who can help mentor young receivers such as Josh Gordon. In 2011, he won the Lions' Good Guy Award from the local sportscasters and Pro Football Writers Association and was a leader in the locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns also signed Andrew Hawkins to man the slot, so Burleson is likely to be the team's WR4 assuming they find a starter in the draft. If not, he is capable of starting opposite Gordon, though he doesn't offer much playmaking ability at this point in his career. Greg Little's days in Cleveland look to be numbered.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 12:37pm

CBS Cleveland - [Full Article]

After nearly 5 months of rehab from a torn right ACL, Browns QB Brian Hoyer is ready to prove himself yet again to a new coaching staff led by Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer, knowing full well that they are considering replacing him with a rookie quarterback in May.

Fantasy Impact:

Hoyer threw for five TDs in two-plus games before getting hurt for the season. The Browns had liked him heading into last year, but needed to give Brandon Weeden a chance as the starter. But when Weeden got hurt, Hoyer moved past QB2 Jason Campbell on the depth chart to start against the Vikings in Week 3. Hoyer threw 3 TDs that game but also 3 INTs. However, there's a new coaching staff in town and the Browns appear poised to draft a QB in April, so the former Tom Brady backup is going to have to earn the job.

Brian Hoyer (ACL) ahead of schedule
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:25am

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

The Matt Schaub trade is good news for Brian Hoyer, who has every intention of being the Browns' starting quarterback in 2014, and is confident he can beat out a rookie for the job. (The Browns were interested in acquiring Schaub.)

The Browns are studying all of the top quarterback prospects, but general manager Ray Farmer said he won't necessarily draft one with the No. 4 overall pick. The Browns also have the No. 26 overall pick in the first round.

Now, Hoyer can focus on coming back from his torn ACL -- he's ahead of schedule -- and trying to pick up where he left off last season, when he went 3-0.

Fantasy Impact:

Hoyer is currently penciled in as the starter, but the draft may change things. With Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron as potent weapons in the passing game, whoever is quarterbacking the Browns will have some fantasy upside.

Raiders trade for Matt Schaub
Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:25am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Oakland Raiders will trade a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback Matt Schaub, a league source told ESPN.

Schaub, who has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014, became expendable when the Texans signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal Thursday night.

Not long after Houston acquired Fitzpatrick, Oakland made its final move on Schaub.

The Cleveland Browns had expressed some interest in Schaub, who could have been reunited with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But the Raiders wanted Schaub even more, according to a source.

The trade between Oakland and Houston, two teams scheduled to pick in the top five, could impact the 2014 draft and how high quarterbacks will be selected.

Fantasy Impact:

Given Schaub's play in 2013, he's hardly a savior at QB, but the Raiders now have a stopgap option as they try to find a franchise passer. Consider this a boost for Denarius Moore, Rod Streater and the freshly signed James Jones.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:23pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Browns QB Jason Campbell reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Bengals. Now reunited with Hue Jackson.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bengals made it clear that Campbell is not a threat to starter Andy Dalton.

Lions will use more two-back sets in 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:44am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Lions signed Jed Collins to fill the traditional blocking fullback role. That follows the signing of tailback Joique Bell to a three-year deal worth $9.3 million.

But the cash-strapped Lions also would not be making these investments if they were not serious about actually featuring all these backs in the offense. Team president Tom Lewand confirmed as much this week.

"You're going to see some more two-back sets," Lewand told a small crowd this week at the TAP restaurant in the MGM casino in downtown Detroit. He added that they would mimic what New Orleans has done with deploying a multitude of tailbacks.

"It's a very adaptable offense, and they want to use the talent and the guys that we have, not just one back at a time because that's what the personnel group calls for."

The Lions wanted to use more two-back sets last year after signing fullback Montell Owens, but Owens played only one offensive series due to a pair of knee injuries. Bell and Bush were occasionally featured on the field at the same time, though those formations usually split Bush out at receiver.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions are paying Bell about the same as what Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart signed for, so it's starting to look like Bell will play the Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram role in the Lions offense with Reggie Bush returning to more of a Darren Sproles-like role as a receiving specialist. Bell's stock is up while Bush's is down.

Bengals don't match Browns' offer sheet to Andrew Hawkins
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 3:38pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals not matching Browns offer sheet for WR Andrew Hawkins.

Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins is good in the slot and he'll likely start there since Davone Bess is no longer with the Browns.

Browns to sign Ben Tate pending physical
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:28am

Cleveland Plain Dealer - [Full Article]

The Browns are expected to sign free agent running back Ben Tate on Saturday, according to a report.

Tate, who's been in Cleveland since Thursday night, should be under contract today as long he passes his physical, John Telich of Fox 8 News tweeted Saturday morning.

Tate is coming off broken ribs and has battled other injuries in his four-year career, including a broken ankle that sidelined him his entire rookie season.

Update: Adam Schefter reports that the deal is complete.

Fantasy Impact:

Tate wants to be a feature back and it looks like he'll have his chance in Cleveland if the team's doctors give him medical clearance. Tate has averaged 4.7 YPC in his career and has touched the ball at least 15 times in 13 career games, averaging 94.5 yards and 0.54 TD in the process. That equates to 12.7 fantasy points, which is about what Chris Johnson averaged as the #9 RB in 2013. Touchdowns are going to be tougher to come by in Cleveland than they were in Houston, but as a likely feature back, Tate's ADP will probably settle somewhere in the 3rd to 5th rounds depending on the quality of his backup.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 5:02pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Browns have released QB Jason Campbell.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:40pm

Michael Silver, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Browns will release 2011 first-round draft pick Brandon Weeden on Monday, according to a league source.

Browns sign RFA Andrew Hawkins to offer sheet
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:29pm

Nate Ulrich, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Browns have struck 4-year deal on an offer sheet with Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins, source says. He's a restricted free agent, so Bengals can match.

Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins is good in the slot and he'll replace Davone Bess there, assuming the Bengals don't match the Browns' offer. He may be a factor in PPR formats.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:33am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Browns announced this morning they were releasing troubled wide receiver Davone Bess.