Just a few short years ago, the Cleveland Browns were the worst team in football and had a horribly anemic offense. Now, looking to 2019, the Browns are the talk of the league and have legitimate playoff aspirations for the first time in at least a decade. Lead by 2nd-year quarterback Baker Mayfield and newly acquired wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, this offense will be looking to put up fireworks each and every week.
Odell Beckham Jr.
For years, OBJ has been viewed as one of the best wideouts in fantasy football. The only real knocks against him were the injuries and the sub-optimal starting quarterback play. The injury bug is still a factor, but now Beckham seems to be cemented as a WR1 for the next half decade with Baker at the helm. Over his first 5 seasons, Beckham has averaged over 6 and a half catches per game along with nearly 93 yards, as well. Sure, there are always question marks when someone switches teams, but this seems like one of the safest landing spots that OBJ owners could have dreamed possible.
The big thing to remember with Chubb is that we are playing dynasty, not redraft. Hunt cannot be with the team until week 10, which includes practice and team activities. To me, this means that he won’t have a big impact in the offense until at least week 11 or 12. By that point, your regular season is almost over and Chubb has had every opportunity to flex his muscles and take the role by the horns. It is also very possible, if not likely, that Hunt isn’t with the team in 2020. All of this tells me that PFF’s top-rated back is absolutely a dynasty stud. If you can buy Chubb from an owner that has a flicker of worry, then please do it as soon a possible.
There’s not QB that has gained more value in the past calendar year than Mayfield. He had a record-breaking season as a rookie and he only added more weapons in the off-season. He is now a top 5 dynasty QB in almost every draft and its absolutely deserved. On talent alone, Baker was the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, but with players like OBJ, Chubb, Landry, Njoku etc. it’s not difficult to see how he could put up elite fantasy numbers.
Njoku isn’t a dud talent wise. In fact, he is one of the truly young and exciting players at his position. The problem comes with the target share. He was inconsistent in the past with a decent target share in the offense and the addition of the most talented wide receiver in the league won’t help that much. In 2018, Njoku never eclipsed the 75-yard mark and he broke the 5 catch mark in a game only twice. I cannot imagine he looks much better in 2019.
Callaway was a sexy name in 2018 and after a mostly disappointing campaign, it seems as if the hype train is building again. Most people pencil in Callaway as the number 3 receiver in this offense, when according to the depth chart, the 3rd guy is actually someone else (we will get to that). He also will be extremely big-play dependent, so unless its best ball, I doubt there will be a week you feel good starting him.
Landry seems like an odd choice for a breakout. He is a player that had been in the league for 5 seasons and has been a top 12 receiver before in his career. However, he had a down year last season and many expect that the addition of Odell hurts his potential. Not only do I not think that OBJ hurts Landry, but I believe it helps him. After a career low in catch percentage in 2018 I believe that Landry really skyrockets back into the mid WR2 range.
I feel like I don’t need to elaborate much here. Hunt isn’t playing for well over half of the fantasy season…so yeah, stash him.
Currently, Higgins is listed as one of the starting wide receivers for the Cleveland Browns. Also, he is the only fantasy relevant WR that is over 6 feet tall. He has built a really good connection with Baker Mayfield and if Landry ends up eventually being a cap casualty, Higgins would seem to be the major beneficiary.
All in all, I expect that people will be attempting to get as many shares of the Cleveland Browns offense as possible. Many of these players will have fantasy relevance, but a few of them could be league winners for you!Follow @dynastyprice Tweets by DynastyPrice