2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Cleveland Browns

- Updated: Monday, September 5th

In addition to viewing our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Cleveland Browns.


Robert Griffin III307476368923.812.4754162.3285.76
Going into the 2016 NFL season, few starting quarterbacks have a wider range of possible outcomes than RG3. With more scout team reps at safety than pass attempts last season, Griffin was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 when he finished as a top-five fantasy QB. While a top-five (or even top-12) finish would be an unrealistic expectation, a fresh start in a new city with a QB-friendly head coach is certainly a positive for RG3 and his outlook.
Josh McCown40634732.71.312600.537.42
Cody Kessler23210.10.11101.24

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Running Backs

Duke Johnson1586873585162.9184.7
Only four running backs had more receptions than Johnson (61) had as a rookie last season. Better in PPR formats (RB23 in 2015), Johnson still managed to finish as a top-35 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats as well. I project a fairly even split in usage between Johnson (216 touches) and Isaiah Crowell (214), but I would unquestionably prefer Johnson over Crowell in either scoring format.
Isaiah Crowell2018247131140.1142.9
Finishing in the top 25 in carries (185) and rushing yards (706) yards last season, Crowell also added 19 catches for 182 yards and scored a total of five touchdowns. I prefer Johnson over Crowell, but Hue Jackson and the Browns would like to employ a run-heavy offense. But will game flow allow a run-heavy attack?
George Atkinson III12500.221408.6
Malcolm Johnson0002801.8

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Wide Receivers

Corey Coleman717955.76430.5156.5
The first receiver off the board in April's draft, Coleman is an explosive athlete and could wind up leading all rookie receivers in fantasy production. Not only is Josh Gordon suspended for the first four games, but there is no guarantee that he stays out of trouble or on the roster (although a trade appears unlikely at this point).
Josh Gordon548156.2000145.7
Conditionally reinstated with a four-game suspension to the start the season, Gordon is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy receiver going into 2016. With a suspension to start this season, it means that Gordon will now serve a multiple-game suspension in four of his first five NFL seasons. Stated differently, the last time Gordon was NOT suspended for multiple games in a season was in 2012 (as a rookie). Still only 25 years old, Gordon led the NFL in receiving in 2013 despite being suspended for the first two games of that season.
Terrelle Pryor315183.14340.290.5
Andrew Hawkins292990.900049.8
Rashard Higgins172161.400038.5
Ricardo Louis3510.30008.4
Jordan Payton3300.10005.1

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Tight Ends

Gary Barnidge556935.2128
It was the atypical 30-year-old breakout for Barnidge last season as he finished with 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which exceeded his NFL production from 2008 to 2014 combined. In fact, only Rob Gronkowski scored more fantasy points than Barnidge in standard-scoring formats (TE4 in PPR) last season. While he may not finish as a top-five producer once again, he enters the season as a viable starting tight end.
Randall Telfer6590.310.7
Seth Devalve5550.410.4

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