Browns Fantasy News

Browns trade Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville for fifth-round pick

Friday, October 19, 2018, 3:50pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Browns are getting back a fifth-round draft pick from Jacksonville in exchange for Carlos Hyde, per source. The Browns want to get more playing time for rookie Nick Chubb.

Fantasy Impact:

There is big news and then there is this. Where to start?

First off, Hyde probably sticks as an RB2 as long as Leonard Fournette is out. T.J. Yeldon will handle pass work, do the change-of-pace thing and see some early-down work, but his current status as the 10th highest scoring back in 2018 is coming to an end. Until we see exactly how the carry split will work, consider both RB2s with Hyde being more touchdown dependent and Yeldon having a higher floor. For Week 7, Yeldon is still a safe RB2 as Hyde won't be close to up to speed.

What happens with Fournette is the big wild-card. On the surface, it seems like the Jags wouldn't have made this move if they had confidence Fournette would be back soon, if at all this year. At the same time, Yeldon is an impending free agent and Hyde only cost a 5th round pick. That's a fairly small price to pay for somebody like Hyde who could easily slide in for Yeldon should he be elsewhere in 2019. We'd be careful about reading too much into the move until we get some sort of update on Fournette's status.

From the Browns point of view, this instantly thrusts Nick Chubb into Hyde's role (they have already announced him as the starter). So far this season, that has meant 114 carries, good for third in the NFL, behind only Ezekial Elliot and Todd Gurley. Unfortunately for Hyde owners, all that volume only led to him being the 17th highest scorer among running backs. Pro Football Focus' grade for Hyde backs this up, as he is 53rd among the 55 qualifying players at the position. Chubb doesn't have enough carries to qualify, but his current grade of 91.3 would be the best mark in the NFL if he did. The sample size is small, so take that with a grain of salt, but it does hint at his upside. The Browns face the sieve-like Buccaneers run defense this week, vaulting Chubb all the way into RB1 consideration. Should things go well on Sunday, he could maintain that status in our rest-of-season rankings.

Duke Johnson may or may not benefit from this move. He's been the forgotten man this year with only 33 touches, but we could see Cleveland leaning on him a little more as they break their rookie into the offense on a full-time basis. For now, we'd recommend adding Johnson but not starting him until we know more.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Browns TE David Njoku (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Njoku is coming off a 7-55-1 day against the Chargers and has seen 11+ targets in two straight games. He’s in a blowup spot this week against the Bucs, who are No. 32 in TE aFPA.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Browns WR Rashard Higgins (knee) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (hip) took full practice reps again Thursday. Winston will be fine to face the Browns.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:07pm

Browns TE David Njoku (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. The full practice indicates Njoku is good to go. He has posted three straight usable fantasy lines—5-52, 6-69 and 7-55-1—and has seen 30 targets in his last three games. The breakout is happening.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:07pm

Browns WR Rashard Higgins (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:07pm

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (hip) practiced fully Wednesday. Winston will be fine to face the Browns.

Browns lose WR Rod Streater to broken neck

Monday, October 15, 2018, 4:48pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns receiver Rod Streater is out for the year with a broken neck suffered in Sunday's 38-14 loss to the Chargers.

Fantasy Impact:

Streater, signed after the Browns traded Josh Gordon, was injured early in the first quarter covering a punt. He had seen an increase in snaps and was set to become more of a focal point of the offense as injuries piled up at wide receiver. He did not record a catch this season. Team doctors expect a full recovery and the injury does not require surgery.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ankle) expected to play Week 7

Monday, October 15, 2018, 11:50am

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Baker Mayfield wouldn’t say it after the game, but the Browns starter did turn his ankle during the game, limiting his effectiveness, I’m told.

Fantasy Impact:

He’s got soreness and will get treatment for the sprain over the course of the week, but Mayfield shouldn’t miss time, Rapoport went on to say in the tweet.

Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:31pm

Browns TE Seth DeValve (hamstring) took full practice reps again Friday.

Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:31pm

Browns WR Derrick Willies (shoulder, out) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is out for Week 6.

Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:31pm

Browns WR Rashard Higgins (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. Antonio Callaway may see more work with Higgins out.

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:19pm

Browns TE Seth DeValve (hamstring) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:19pm

Browns WR Rashard Higgins (knee) missed practice again Thursday.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7:46pm

Browns TE Seth DeValve (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday.