Brian Hartline, WR Cleveland Browns

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Browns Beat: Brian Hartline best player at camp

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns officially break training camp today. Preparation for the regular season moves to the next phase. This time provides a good chance to look back at the highlights and lowlights of training camp.

Best player: WR Brian Hartline. Practiced hard, practiced well and was there every day. Availability is part of dependability, after all. Hartline is a clear pro and a solid addition.

Fantasy Impact:

The story added a close second WR Travis Benjamin. It never really made sense that some thought Benjamin was on the bubble to make the roster when camp started. After seeing him in camp, it makes less sense. Benjamin is vastly improved as a receiver and his speed is something the offense and punt return units badly need. Brown WRs are buried down our WR list but Hartine always attracted targets in Miami. The QB situation is an unstable one but Hartline, who isn't getting a lot of draft attention, could be a waiver wire claim at some point if he continues to play well.

Scouting Report

After a lost season in Miami in 2014, Brian Hartline is coming home. Born in North Canton, Ohio, Hartline is no stranger to Browns fans who saw him play at Glen Oak High School and Ohio State. In many ways, that makes him an automatic fan favorite. But for Hartline to keep winning popularity contests, he will have to show he can rebound from a down year. With Cleveland starved for receiving help, is Hartline the answer?

2015 Upside
At least one prominent member of the Cleveland media, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland, expects Hartline to lead the Browns in receiving this year. Before he slid into the abyss last season, Hartline had topped 1,000 yards and 70 receptions in both 2012 and 2013. While he's often been typecast as a boring fantasy player with limited upside, Hartline has produced some big games during his career. During one memorable performance against Arizona in 2012, Brian totaled 12 receptions for 253 yards and a touchdown.

2015 Downside
In six seasons, Hartline has scored 12 touchdowns. Even in an era where coveted PPR specialists are excused somewhat for scoring fewer touchdowns, that kind of end zone futility is unacceptable. Hartline's quarterback situation is also going from Ryan Tannehill to Josh McCown (or Johnny Manziel). That is a pretty big drop. Cleveland’s coaching staff is going to try and mask their passing game woes by running the ball as much as possible, so there will not be much in the way of volume for any of their receivers. Dwayne Bowe and Andrew Hawkins are also going to be heavily involved when Cleveland takes to the air, so it's fair to wonder if Hartline peak during those two years in Miami.

Bottom Line
Hartline is a WR5/WR6 in his new home. There is no doubt he could probably pinch hit as a starter for your team during the season as an emergency option, but it would be better to build the end of your bench with players who possess greater potential.

2015 Strength of Schedule - CLE
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
2
@NYJ
17
TEN
16
OAK
25
@SD
30
@BAL
13
DEN
19
@STL
7
ARI
3
@CIN
31
@PIT
BYE30
BAL
3
CIN
26
SF
1
@SEA
9
@KC
31
PIT

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1NE2260413.000000-63/7485%
2BUF536087.200000-64/7981%
3KC325178.330000-64/7091%
4OAK6740712.330000-57/7081%
5BYE------------
6GB0002-0000-57/5898%
7CHI3350311.670000-70/70100%
8JAX1190419.000000-45/5976%
9SD5500710.000000-48/7663%
10DET11011.000000-47/6177%
11BUF3550418.330000-41/6761%
12DEN2390219.500000-43/6269%
13NYJ19019.000000-9/5915%
14BAL211145.500000-42/5774%
15NE0002-0000-42/7854%
16MIN0001-0000-60/8571%
17NYJ5940618.800000-61/7087%
Totals3947426312.1500000.00813/109574%

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