A year after the Browns thrust then-rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer into a Week One starting role, the Browns appear intent to do the opposite with their latest rookie QB, keeping quarterback Baker Mayfield on ice for as long as possible.
If that’s the plan, Mayfield is making it easy for the decision makers to implement their strategy. Here’s an assessment of the competition, if there is one, between Mayfield and Tyrod Taylor, from Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “This is where I tell you that, based on the six practices of OTAs and minicamp that were open to the media, Mayfield did not look ready to compete with Taylor for the No. 1 quarterback job.”
Keep in mind it's only been six practices and things can change quickly, but as of now, it seems as if the deck is stacked in Taylor's favor, as the story put it.
CLE QB DeShone Kizer - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers
For the second game in a row, DeShone Kizer finished with under 200 yards passing with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He's been amazingly bad as a passer this season, with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 9-to-21 in 14 starts. Also, a third of his scores came in a single game.
Kizer gets a fairly tough matchup this week against the Steelers, although he surprisingly played well against them (222 yards, 1 pass TD, 1 rush TD) in his first career start all the way back in Week 1. There's also a chance the Steelers rest their starters in this game, so it could make things a tad easier for the rookie.
Still, Kizer has been awful this season and shouldn't be considered as a starting fantasy option this week.