G.M. Ray Farmer and the Cleveland Browns feel they have made significant moves this offseason through the draft and free agency that will help them win football games in the NFL. But with the moves they have made, will it increase the value of any of their players when it comes to Fantasy football?
Here’s how I approach my Fantasy Football season and the player rankings. I have my own ideas on who I have ranked high and who I like for the upcoming season. I then go and buy my annual Fantasy magazine, which is Sports Illustrated and I also download information from two other highly reputable Fantasy outlets, ESPN.com and CBSSportsline.com. I then take the average of all four to come up with my rankings for my draft cheat sheet.
In starting my research it has become apparent to me that not many players on the Browns offense are being considered as starters or must haves on Fantasy rosters this year. With that in mind, here are the players and where the three major magazines/websites have Browns players ranked.
QB – Johnny Manziel – 34th
QB – Brian Hoyer – 19th
RB – Ben Tate – 21st
WR – Josh Gordon 70th
WR – Andrew Hawkins – 82nd
TE – Jordan Cameron – 10th
QB – Johnny Manziel – 23rd
QB – Brian Hoyer – 35th
RB – Ben Tate – 16th
WR – Josh Gordon – Not Ranked in Top 80
WR – Andrew Hawkins – 54th
TE – Jordan Cameron – 6th
QB – Johnny Manziel – 26th and 29th
QB – Brian Hoyer – Not Ranked in Top 32
RB – Ben Tate – 27th and 27th
WR – Josh Gordon – Not Ranked in Top 60
WR – Andrew Hawkins – Not Ranked in Top 60
TE – Jordan Cameron – 5th and 10th
So as you can see tight end Jordan Cameron, in the eyes of the experts, is your highest ranked Cleveland Browns player when it comes to expected Fantasy Football production this season. Josh Gordon would have been the top ranked Browns player if he didn’t have the potential season long suspension hanging over his head. However, not knowing his status at this point either has him ranked very low or not ranked at all. Should Gordon’s potential season long suspension be reduced, or if he miraculously is cleared to play in all 16 games this season, then he would once again be a top 10, if not a top 5 receiver on almost everybody’s boards and the top ranked Browns player.