Browns Fantasy News

Cam Newton expected to start Week 16

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:13pm - [Full Article]

Cam Newton will start for the Panthers on Sunday.

Just two weeks after walking away from a massive car accident in Charlotte and sustaining a pair of transverse process fractures in his back, the Pro Bowl quarterback will return to the field against the Browns in a make-or-break game at Bank of America Stadium, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, per team sources.

Fantasy Impact:

The fourth-year signal-caller cleared the final medical hurdle on Saturday, per Rapoport. Newton is playing with an injury similar to that of Tony Romo, which means there will be some degree of pain management. Newton's mobility may be impacted a bit, especially if Mike Pettine loads the box and forces Newton to throw.

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Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Newton will return against the Browns, who are #3 in QB aFPA. He is currently our #14 QB for Week 16 due to the bad matchup and potential re-injury risk.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (illness, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 16.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Browns K Garrett Hartley (not injury related) missed practice Friday.

Rivera: Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams would only be used 'in an emergency'

Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:54pm

Steve Reed, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said RB DeAngelo Williams would likely only be used in an emergency situation.

Fantasy Impact:

This means that owners can dial up Jonathan Stewart with confidence for the third straight week. He has averaged 21.5 touches in the last two weeks with Williams sidelined, and the matchup against the Browns is favorable (#25 in RB aFPA).

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Newton is on track to return against the Browns, who are #3 in QB aFPA. He is currently our #14 QB for Week 16.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (illness) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice.

Panthers QB Cam Newton 'getting the bulk of first-team reps' on Thursday

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 12:48pm

Steve Reed, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers beat writer Steve Reed: Cam Newton getting the bulk of first-team reps today at practice during the session that was open to the media... Looking more and more like Cam Newton will start against the Browns based off what I saw at practice today.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Newton is on track to face the Browns, who are #3 in QB aFPA.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Browns WR Marlon Moore (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Browns sticking with Johnny Manziel

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:25am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Browns really have no choice in the matter. By switching to Johnny Manziel at quarterback this late in the season, there's no turning back.

After a terrible NFL debut that saw Manziel go 10-18 for 80 yards and two interceptions, Browns coach Mike Pettine announced that Manziel will remain the starting quarterback. At 7-7 and at fourth in the AFC North, reaching the playoffs will be extremely difficult at this stage anyway.

Fantasy Impact:

Manziel replaced Brian Hoyer, who was wildly ineffective over the past month. However, Hoyer never had a game as dreadful as Manziel's display this past Sunday, the story said. We considered Manziel a wild card heading into Week 15 and if you went with him it likely blew up your postseason run as it turns out. It would't be wise to trust him again but this week's matchup with Carolina is at least a little better in terms of fantasy as the Panthers are 12th in allowing fantasy points to QBs.

Still no timetable for Cam Newton's return

Monday, December 15, 2014, 2:09pm - [Full Article]

The Panthers have yet to put a hard timetable in place for QB Cam Newton.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated to reporters Monday that Carolina is still feeling the situation out after Newton sustained two fractures in his lower back in a car accident last week. Rivera said the decision will come down to a coaching decision on whether Newton puts himself at risk of a setback by taking the field against the Browns in Week 16.

"I don't want to put a guy out there that can't protect himself," Rivera said Monday, according to The Charlotte Observer. "By that it's being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way, stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get away. That's all part of it. That's all part of the decision that went into the first Tampa Bay game."

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, Rivera is referring to Week 1, when the Panthers kept Newton on the sidelines with a cracked rib. Derek Anderson started and won that game, then beat the Bucs a second time on Sunday. The win moved the 5-8-1 Panthers into first place in the NFC South with two games to play. Anderson would play again in Week 16 if Newton can't go.

Joe Haden day-to-day with shoulder injury

Monday, December 15, 2014, 1:35pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cornerback Joe Haden, who exited the 30-0 loss to the Bengals with a shoulder injury, apparently won’t be missing the last two chances to climb back into playoff contention.

Per a league source, Haden is day-to-day.

With trips to Carolina and Baltimore to end the season, the Browns need to weigh the risk of playing Haden against the potential rewards. The postseason hopes took a major blow on Sunday; it possibly makes sense not to take a chance with Haden’s shoulder, if further injury could impact his preparation for 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

Even after Sunday’s outcome, the Browns have a far better chance than anyone envisioned entering the season to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2002, the story went on to say. Haden will want to be part of the effort to finish the campaign on the right side of .500 — and to hope for the help that they’ll need in order to make it to January. If Haden plays Week 16, it likely brings down the value a little of the Panthers Kelvin Benjamin, the team's top receiving threat.

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:13am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham is going to get a second opinion on the injured toe that caused him to miss Sunday’s win over the Browns.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bengals ran the ball well enough yesterday it might not matter, but they need Gresham on board if they are to make a playoff run. With Tyler Eifert on IR, he’s their main receiving threat at the position. Kevin Brock and Alexander Smith are next up on the depth chart.

Browns waive K Billy Cundiff; sign Garrett Hartley

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 3:58pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Billy Cundiff practiced inside FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday, working on his mechanics and hoping to snap out of his recent funk.

He won't play there Sunday.

The Browns waived the slumping kicker Saturday and replaced him with veteran Garrett Hartley, who will likely kick against the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals.

Cundiff's release comes a week after he missed a 40-yarder in a one-point loss to Indianapolis and following two days in which he kicked well in practice before injuring his knee.

Fantasy Impact:

Cundiff missed Friday's practice and coach Mike Pettine said the 34-year-old veteran had injured himself the previous day, the story said. Cundiff refused to discuss his injury, deferring all questions about his status to Pettine. Although Cundiff had a sleeve on his left leg, the Browns said on their injury report he hurt his right knee.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (hip, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. The full participation and probable tag are great signs for Crowell who was limited last week and saw fewer than half the touches as a result. He has a very good matchup with the Bengals, who are last in the league in RB aFPA. It also doesn’t hurt that Johnny Manziel represents a serious running threat from the quarterback position.