Team Preview: Cleveland Browns
Continuing our series on Team Previews of all 32 Teams, we move to 2020's 3rd-place team from the AFC North, the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns scored the 14th most points in 2020 while throwing for the 5th fewest passing yards. They were 3rd in rushing yards on their way to a 12-4 record. Vegas currently has their Win Total at 10 games.
Baker Mayfield: Baker was only the 25th best QB in points per game, but he did have some bad luck with weather. Weeks 8, 10 and 11 saw unusually bad weather with very high winds and rain that limited what Baker could do passing. Then in week 16 he lost 4 starting wide receivers because of close COVID contact. He only scored 28.2 points combined in those 4 games. He won’t be a QB1, but with some better luck he might be able to be a high QB2 in 2020.
Chubb / Hunt: Both backs will limit the ceiling of each other, but it helps when your team runs as much as the Browns do. Vegas also really likes the Browns in 2021, which could lead to plenty of positive game scripts. Chubb’s 17.3 points per game ranked 9th at the position and that’s about where I have him finishing in 2020. As for Hunt, his stats were buoyed by Chubb missing 4 games. With a healthy Chubb I don’t view Hunt as anything more than a mid/back-end RB2 in 2021.
Odell Beckham: Odell just hasn’t been the same since he joined Cleveland. Now he is returning from a torn ACL. While he has the talent and ability to return to being an elite WR, his team lacks the pass volume necessary for him to be an elite fantasy option. His 6.1 targets per game ranked 49th at the position. OBJ might not even be a WR2 option in 2021. Crazy!
Jarvis Landry: All the reasons I’m low on Odell can also be applied to Jarvis. The volume just won’t be there and Jarvis will be lucky to finish in the Top 40 wrs.
Austin Hooper: The days of Hooper being a Top 5 tight end are long gone. His 8.7 points per game ranked 21st. He should be seen as a mid-range streaming TE2 for 2021.