Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
As Rapoport notes, this likely explains why Callaway has been running with the reserves during training camp up to this point. After a terrific rookie season, Callaway has taken a major step back . First, it was being behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry and now he will miss the first quarter of the season. Tough to buy too much stock into Callaway considering all the other talent Baker Mayfield has to throw to. He’s worth a flyer, but not much lore than that at this stage.
CLE WR Antonio Callaway - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook
Antonio Callaway says his goal this year is to finish with 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. He likely won’t hit those numbers, but the second-year wideout is clearly expecting higher usage. He had a solid rookie season, finishing with 586 receiving yards and five touchdowns, which led the team. He’s a big-play receiver, finishing with six games over 50 receiving yards.
The obvious downside is the team’s acquisition of Odell Beckham Jr. With OBJ and Jarvis Landry in front of him, it will be difficult to see enough targets to make a real impact. Plus with David Njoku in the mix, and the team’s talent at running back in Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and Duke Johnson, it seems like there are just scraps left for Callaway.
2019 Bottom Line
Callaway will make a few big plays here and there throughout the season. He’s a receiver with good speed, and it’s only a matter of time before defenses focus enough on Beckham and Landry that Callaway breaks free. But there likely won’t be enough of those opportunities to make Callaway a realistic fantasy option. He’ll only be valuable if something happens to one of those two receivers during the season.