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Friday, August 23, 2013

Team Talk: Cleveland Browns

Adam Filadelfo talks Cleveland Browns football, here at The Fantasy Sports Brain!  Give him a follow on Twitter: @Frostt24!

Here we go...

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There hasn't been much reason to target players from the Browns in recent memory but this year could change all of that. Expect big things from this offense with Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. He's a got a lot of toys he can play with to make things happen.

Trent Richardson - T-Rich is the ultimate fantasy football player. He can catch passes, he gets all of the goal line touches, and there is nobody behind him pushing for reps. With an offensive genius calling the shots, the Alabama product should surpass his numbers from his rookie campaign. He's unquestionably a number one fantasy back but beware his injury history which dates back to his college days. He can absolutely carry your fantasy team but could also destroy it if you fail to draft other quality backs to fill out your roster.

Brandon Weeden - Head coach Rob Chudzinski just named Weeden the starting quarterback going into the season (not much of a surprise there). He may be the starter for Cleveland but I wouldn't feel comfortable with him as my starter on my fantasy team. As of this time, he's more of a fantasy backup. Give him a few weeks and that could all change. This offense has all the makings of being explosive so Weeden is set up to take that next step.

Josh Gordon - Although he's suspended for the first two weeks of the season, Josh Gordon must be targeted.  In fact, the suspension makes him a draft day bargain. I'd rather have Gordon sit on my bench for two weeks and have him the final 15 weeks than not have him at all. Yes he's a bit of a knucklehead but there's so much upside and talent here that he cannot be ignored. If the Browns offense is going to be high octane, Josh Gordon will be a major reason why. You can get him later in drafts due to his suspension, but don't wait too long. This sleeper pick from last season isn't a sleeper anymore.

Greg Little
- How many times does Greg Little need to disappoint before we as fantasy owners say enough is enough? While their is potential for a breakout season here, the amount of drops coming from his hands has become alarming. You would think he would take advantage of the two game suspension of Gordon but I'm not buying into Greg Little anymore. He needs to prove he can hang onto the ball before he ends up on any of my fantasy teams. I'd rather have the next receiver on my Browns list in the absence of Gordon.

Davone Bess - To me, Bess is the better option over Little with the absence of the number one receiver Josh Gordon in weeks one and two. He really shines in PPR formats and should see a ton of targets while Gordon serves his suspension. I honestly wouldn't use a draft pick on Bess simply because he's more than likely droppable once Gordon returns and you can pick him up off the waiver wire. Use him the first two weeks and see what happens from there.

Jordan Cameron - Ever since his two touchdown preseason game, Cameron has seen his ADP rise up draft boards. Once a sleeper tight end, he's no longer unheard of. What makes Cameron so exciting is his offensive coordinator. If anyone knows how to get the most out of his tight end it's Norv Turner, and being a former basketball player doesn't hurt either. (Consider what Turner did with Antonio Gates). He's tall and very athletic which will make him a legitimate red zone target. It's still risky to draft him as your only tight end but he could be starter worthy in no time at all. Definitely an upside pick here.