Browns Fantasy News

Browns want to take 'aggressive shots' to add talent

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 8:24pm - [Full Article]

You build through the draft.

Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said as much Monday afternoon in an end-of-year news conference.

But Brown, who reflected on a trying 1-15 season alongside head coach Hue Jackson and chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, said they’ll work in “lockstep” this offseason to build up the team’s roster by any means necessary.

“We want to take aggressive shots at adding talent to the roster, whether that’s at the trade deadline, free agency or in the draft,” Brown said. “The draft is going to be our primary pipeline of talent to the roster but it’s not going to be an exclusive pipeline. I think we’re going to go out and look at all the opportunities available to us come March.”

Fantasy Impact:

Brown’s comments echo a plan outlined by owner Jimmy Haslam, who spoke Sunday after an overtime loss to the Steelers. Haslam broke down Cleveland’s path forward in three parts. Cleveland wants to re-sign our key players, be appropriately aggressive in free agency and have a great draft.

Browns WR Terrelle Pryor to have surgery on finger

Monday, January 2, 2017, 12:49pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor told reporters Monday that he will have surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his finger.

Pryor said he believes he will have to rehab for 3-4 weeks with the team following the surgery.

Whether or not that rehab will be his last act with the Browns remains to be seen. Pryor is eligible for free agency in March, and though he did a little early negotiating via the media last week, nothing has been settled. Pryor said Monday that he expects his agents to talk with the Browns “soon.”

Fantasy Impact:

Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards in 2016. He had one reception in three games in 2015 after the Browns claimed him via waivers, gave him a shot to transition from quarterback to wide receiver, then brought him back in December after cutting him in September.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) took full practice reps again Friday. He’s expected to start against the Steelers.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns RB Duke Johnson (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (finger, knee) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns WR Ricardo Louis (thumb) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (finger) took full practice reps all week. HC Hue Jackson said he’d like to see Pryor reach the 1,000-yard mark. He’s at 913 yards now.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns TE Randall Telfer (ankle, thumb) took limited practice reps all week.

Steelers could rest stars in Week 17

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 5:18pm

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

While steadfastly maintaining that the regular-season finale would be approached as “business as usual,” coach Mike Tomlin strongly indicated that several of the Steelers' star players will not be in uniform for Sunday's meaningless game against the Cleveland Browns.

Tomlin said that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell, receiver Antonio Brown and center Maurkice Pouncey “will get that consideration” as players who will be “preserved as we look into the playoff round.”

Fantasy Impact:

At 10-5, the Steelers clinched the AFC North title with their win against Baltimore on Sunday and are locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs that begin Jan. 7-8. The Steelers will host either Kansas City or Miami one of those days in the wild-card round.

Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow heads to IR

Monday, December 26, 2016, 7:38pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Chargers have been using rookie Kenneth Farrow as Melvin Gordon's replacement. But now, Farrow is also going on Injured Reserve. He suffered a shoulder injury during San Diego's loss to the lowly Cleveland Browns on Saturday and his season is over.

Gordon is still considered day-to-day with his injury, but with the Chargers' season all but over, it doesn't make much sense to risk further injury in Week 17. If he sits, San Diego will incredibly be without its top five running backs for the regular season finale.

Ronnie Hillman -- who was cut by the Broncos just before the start of the season, signed with the Vikings in late September and stayed there for two months before being released and then catching on with San Diego -- is the team's only healthy running back on the active roster.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't seem likely Gordon will play. The story mentioned a possible Andre Williams return since he was on the team's practice squad at one point this season. Looks like Hillman could be in store for a nice workload in what is a tough matchup, however.

Big Ben: Steelers 'should get healthy'

Monday, December 26, 2016, 12:16pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after the win that he’d like the team to use this week to make sure that their key players are feeling well come the opening weekend of the playoffs.

“I don’t know what the situation or scenario is,” Roethlisberger said, via “If we’ve got a spot and the [No. 3] clinched up then I think a lot of guys should get healthy.”

Given the lack of opportunity to move in either direction, it seems a good bet that the Steelers will exercise caution with anyone who is banged up when it comes to setting the lineup against the Browns.

Fantasy Impact:

The Steelers are locked into the number-three spot, just don't know who their opponent will be to open up Wild Card Weekend. While this was just Ben's opinion, it seems like the team may at least limit some of their stars in Week 17 against the Browns in what is a meaningless game.

Browns QB Robert Griffin III suffers concussion

Sunday, December 25, 2016, 12:40pm

ABC News - [Full Article]

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III took a high hit from linebacker Korey Toomer as he was being tackled by Darius Philon in the fourth quarter. He was diagnosed with a concussion.

Related players: Cody Kessler

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin returned to the huddle, but it appeared officials signaled for Browns trainers to come check on the QB. Griffin went to the locker room for further evaluation. RGIII can't seem to catch a break as he continues to get chances on the field. It would appear if Griffin can't go in Week 17, Kessler could get the start.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. With Gordon out, Kenneth Farrow should get another chance to carry the load against a bad, bad Cleveland Browns defense.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (finger) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Browns WR Ricardo Louis (thumb) took full practice reps all week.

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