Browns Fantasy News

Schefter: Browns WR Josh Gordon has flunked another drug test, will miss 2015 season

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 4:21pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns WR Josh Gordon flunked another drug test and now will be subject to a one-year banishment, per league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon reportedly flunked the test due to alcohol, not marijuana. Regardless, Gordon's value in dynasty/keeper leagues takes a serious hit. We'll wait for confirmation on the suspension, but it's not looking good.

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49ers hire Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10:48pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers gave Eric Mangini a 3-year deal to be their defensive coordinator.

Fantasy Impact:

Mangini was the DC for the Patriots in 2005, and they finished 25th in yards and 17th in points allowed. He spent the next five years as the head coach of the Jets and the Browns, and his defenses averaged a rank of 21.8 in yards and 15.4 in points allowed over that span. He spent the last two seasons as the 49ers' tight ends coach.

Browns hiring John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 10:51am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Browns are hiring as OC ex-Raiders QB coach John DeFilippo, source confirms the Alex Marvez report. His work with Derek Carr was noted.

Fantasy Impact:

This is something as a head-scratcher, though Rapoport notes that DeFilippo's work with Derek Carr is what got him noticed by the Browns. He has previously served as the QB coach for the Giants, Raiders (twice) and the Jets.

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 1:54pm

Seahawks Inactives
B.J. Daniels QB
Cooper Helfet TE
Jeron Johnson S
Justin Britt OL
Marcus Burley DB
David King DL
Keavon Milton OG

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 7:15pm

Seahawks Inactives
S Jeron Johnson
TE Tony Moeaki
DT Landon Cohen
C Lemuel Jeanpierre
CB Marcus Burley
TE Keavon Milton
WR Kevin Norwood

Browns, OC Kyle Shanahan part ways

Friday, January 9, 2015, 11:30am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns' tradition of change continues, as a team source told ESPN.com Thursday that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will not return next season.

Shanahan resigned and Loggains was fired, according to a league source.

Sources familiar with the situation said the split was caused because the pair did not see eye to eye with the front office about quarterback Johnny Manziel. The front office wants Manziel to be the starter, and the source said the coaches do not believe they can win with him.

Shanahan felt the decision to start Manziel was forced on the coaching staff, and that the yearlong insistence to play him when he wasn't ready wore on Shanahan, the team source said.

Fantasy Impact:

It's interesting to hear that Manziel's future was the reason for the divorce. Despite the Browns' offensive struggles down the stretch, Shanahan is a hot name around the league and won't have a problem finding employment for next season.

Steelers expected to sign RB Ben Tate

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 9:58am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

In desperate need of a feature back with Le'Veon Bell's immediate future uncertain, the Steelers are working out former Texans, Vikings and Browns running back Ben Tate, ESPN reported Tuesday morning.

If the visit goes well, they are expected to sign the 26-year-old, once thought to be the best running back on the open market back in March.

Fantasy Impact:

Some inside the Steelers organization are doubtful that Bell will make an appearance on Saturday in prime time against the Ravens, which would make the need for an all-purpose back like Tate that much greater, the story said. The piece went on to say that in some respects, this is the ideal opportunity Tate has been waiting for. Just like former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount knows, strong playoff performances can change perception, and after getting cut by two teams in less than a year, Tate is longing for that opportunity. The Ravens do present a tough matchup however, as they are ranked third in allowing fantasy points to RBs.

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:14pm

Seahawks Inactives
Demarcus Dobbs TE
Cooper Helfet TE
Jermaine Kearse WR
Keavon Milton TE
Max Unger C

Saturday, December 27, 2014, 7:00pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The practice-squad player whom the Browns called up to take the place of suspended wideout Josh Gordon will not play Sunday.

According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns announced wideout Phil Bates has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against the Ravens. It’s unclear why Bates won’t play, but the club did say it was not an injury-related decision, per the Beacon Journal. Bates did not accompany the club to Baltimore, according to the report.

Fantasy Impact:

With Gordon and Bates out, the Browns have five available receivers: Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel, Andrew Hawkins, Marlon Moore and Rodney Smith. However, Hawkins is questionable with a thumb injury, though he did put in a limited practice on Friday after not practicing Wednesday. (The club had Thursday off.)

Saturday, December 27, 2014, 6:53pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manzel was fined by the team for being late for treatment, according to a league source.

Manziel is on injured reserve and not required to attend practices.

He was late for treatment to rehab his significant hamstring injury that ended his season.

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Saturday, December 27, 2014, 3:39pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns have suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon for an unspecified violation of team rules one day before their season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Browns announced the suspension in a release Saturday. Wide receiver Phil Bates has been promoted from the practice squad to replace Gordon on the active roster.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that Gordon and rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel were absent from the Browns' walk-through Saturday morning, and the team had trouble locating them, a source close to the team told ESPN's Pat McManamon. It officially ends a very disappointing season for Gordon and his owners. Gordon appeared in only five games this season. He missed the first 10 games while serving a league-issued suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Reports this year out of Browns camp said Gordon appeared lost on the field upon returning from his 10 game suspension. He's got a long way to go in terms of staying out of trouble before the start of the 2015 season and he's going to continue to be a risky own because of that.

Gordon also was late getting onto the practice field Friday and emerged from the team's facility for the outdoor workout wearing teammate Travis Benjamin's jersey.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Browns QB Brian Hoyer (right shoulder, right biceps, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. Hoyer is out, so Connor Shaw is expected to get the start against Baltimore. It’s unlikely to be pretty.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Browns QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring, out) has been ruled out for Week 17.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thumb, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17.

Vikings release RB Ben Tate

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:15pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Ben Tate is back on the street.

The Vikings have released the veteran running back less than a month after claiming him off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, per the league's transaction wire.

Tate was cut free after amassing just 38 yards off 13 attempts over three appearances for Minnesota. His 2.9 yards per carry were even lower than the paltry 3.1 yards per tote he accounted for in eight games with the Browns, who surprised many by releasing the former Texans runner after Week 11.

Fantasy Impact:

The story points out that it's not a good sign that Tate has been shipped out of town by two teams in less than a month. Whispers of a bad attitude in Cleveland don't help, but even more concerning is the apparent on-field decline for a runner still just 26 years old. Tate hasn't been healthy this season, which has contributed to his ugly play. If the playoff-bound Colts and Cardinals don't come calling, a team may take a long look this offseason in order to find out if Tate is worth keeping around for 2015.