2017 Fantasy Football Projections: Cleveland Browns

- Updated: Saturday, July 22nd

In addition to viewing our 2017 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2017 fantasy football projections for the Cleveland Browns.


DeShone Kizer200.9327.62300147.813.2570.6141.7
If Kizer doesn't beat Kessler out in camp or the preseason to start, it's likely that he finds himself under center at some point during the regular season. A logical transition point would be after the team's Week 9 bye if it doesn't happen sooner than that. Unless you're in a 2-QB league, however, neither Kessler nor Kizer will have much fantasy impact in 2017. But if I had to draft one Cleveland quarterback, it'd be Kizer.
Cody Kessler209.2328.8227811.15.713.4290.1127.62
If Kessler begins the season as the starter, which I expect, it's unlikely that he's the starter at the end of it. With the Browns bye exactly in the middle of the season (Week 9), I currently project Kessler to start before the bye with rookie DeShone Kizer taking over after the bye. Underdogs in each of their first eight games with the exception of Week 5 vs. the Jets, it's certainly possible that the Browns start off 1-7 (or 2-6 ... or 0-8).

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Running Backs

Isaiah Crowell206892.17.342.1351.20.6171.73
Crowell had single-digit carries in five games and less than 30 rushing yards in six of 16 games, but he set career highs in rushing yards (952), yards per carry (4.8) and receptions (40) in 2016. Not only did the Browns improve their offensive line in the offseason, but Hue Jackson expects to run the ball more often and the team added no real threat to Crowell's workload in the offseason.
Duke Johnson73.1316.31.564.1575.51.6107.78
With a drop in touches from 2015 (165) to 2016 (126), Johnson was more efficient on a per-touch basis (4.9 YPC and 9.7 Y/R) last season. Better in PPR formats, Johnson now has back-to-back seasons with more than 50 receptions.
Matt Dayes19.884.1014.1113.5019.76

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Wide Receivers

Corey Coleman72.6878.16.46.434.10129.62
The 15th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and the first receiver off the board, Coleman battled injuries and finished with just 33/413/3 over 10 games in 2016. A hamstring injury has limited him this offseason as well. An explosive athlete when healthy, the Browns will be counting on him to take a big step forward in his sophomore campaign with 1,000-yard receiver Terrelle Pryor now in Washington.
Kenny Britt66.8958.34.9000125.23
Despite quarterback and offensive concerns with the Rams, Britt posted his first-ever 1,000-yard season with a 68/1,002/5 stat line in 2016. Even though Britt is going into his ninth season, the veteran receiver is still only 28 years old (turns 29 in September). Britt will have to deal with questionable quarterback play once again, but it's possible that he approaches his 2016 numbers once again.
Ricardo Louis26.1325.41.600042.14
Competing for (and the favorite to earn) Cleveland's No. 3 WR spot, Louis has generated some offseason buzz and possesses some upside as a deep sleeper.
Rashard Higgins17.5218.51.500030.85
Jordan Payton3.235.200003.52

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Tight Ends

David Njoku49.7657.63.787.96
The third of Cleveland's first-round picks this April, Njoku just turned 21 years old (July 10th) and is a freakish athlete that can rack up yards after the catch in a hurry. That said, rookie tight ends have historically struggled to make major impacts so 2018 (and beyond) is likely to be much better for Njoku than 2017.
Seth Devalve38.3477.83.367.58
In deeper leagues that favor tight ends, DeValve is a deep sleeper that has been talked up by the coaching staff and media this offseason. Andrew Gribble wrote on the team's website that DeValve "appears poised to have a significant role" in the team's offense in 2017.
Randall Telfer3.232.803.28

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