Last season the Cleveland Browns actually showed some sign of life early on in the year and proved they had two of the best young players in the NFL, WR Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron. Sadly, the Browns will be without Josh Gordon all season long after being suspended by the NFL. After a 3-2 start to the year, the Browns would win just 1 of their final 11 games. Quarterback Brian Hoyer sparked this team as he won his first two starts, and suffered a season ending injury in his third, but they won that game as well. Hoyer would finish the year throwing 615 yards with 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in a little over 8 quarters. He's healthy again and has been named the stater for the 2014 season. Only problem is that the Browns drafted Johnny Manziel and he'll be breathing down Hoyer's neck until he gets his chance to play. The Cleveland run game was non existent last year as Willis McGahee led the team with 377 yards. As a team the Browns scored just 4 touchdowns on the ground. The team fixed the problem by signing Ben Tate and drafting Terrance West from Towson.
Brian HoyerLets be honest, Hoyer played well last season when he was healthy, but it's only a matter of time before he loses his job to Johnny Manziel. The fans will be all over Hoyer until they get to see Manziel. Plus he really doesn't have any weapons to work with aside from Jordan Cameron. The team lost Josh Gordon, so the starting WRs for the Browns will be Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin. Hoyer has to play outstanding and lead the Browns to a winning record by week 7 when they face the Jaguars (a perfect game for Johnny Manziel to play in).
Johnny ManzielAs soon as Hoyer struggles, Manziel will take over this team. The fans want him, the NFL wants him, the media wants him and the Browns front office want him. He will be the most talked about player since Tim Tebow but he won't be put into a situation where he can succeed. The Browns lack offensive weapons without Josh Gordon. Manziel fell in love with Mike Evans at Texas A&M and next season Gordon will be his guy. The hype will be there but as for a fantasy option, it's best to stay away in 2014.
Ben TateThis guy has been dying to start for his entire career. He's had random starts here and there during his time with the Houston Texans, backing up Arian Foster, but now Cleveland is his team. In his 3 seasons with the Texans, Tate ran for 1,992 yards (4.7 avg) and 10 touchdowns. He has good size at 5'10, 220 lbs to be successful in this league. You have to imagine that the Browns will rely heavily on him and will get him involved in the passing game as well. Expect Tate to get 25 touches a week. We ranked him 24th in our RB rankings.
Terrance WestThe Browns are very high on rookie Terrance West. The 3rd round pick out of Towson is the Browns #2 RB behind Ben Tate and should see a handful of carries each week. West could be in line for big playing time if Tate suffers an injury, which Tate has dealt with during his time with the Texans. West could be a useful fantasy player later on in the season.
Andrew HawkinsIt's hard to imagine that a guy who is 5'7 will be the #1 WR in the NFL, but Hawkins is that guy for Cleveland. Hawkins has spent the last 3 seasons with the Bengals but only played in 8 games last year as he was limited by injuries. In 2012 Hawkins caught 51 balls for 533 yards and 4 touchdowns. Hawkins is not an ideal WR in fantasy, but he'll see a ton of targets this season with Cleveland.
Miles AustinIf this was 2009 then the Browns would have themselves a great WR. However It's 2014 and Miles Austin is an after thought in the NFL. Austin can not keep himself healthy and his numbers have dropped the last 3 years. However at 30 years old the Browns are hoping he can stay healthy and have a nice comeback season. Austin failed to score a touchdown in 11 games last year but the previous 4 years he scored at least 6 touchdowns.
Jordan CameronCameron might set an NFL record for the most targets for a tight end. Cameron is quickly turning into an elite tight end in this league, and he caught 80 balls last season for 917 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was targeted 117 last year and that's with Josh Gordon being targeted 159 times. Now Gordon is suspended, and where do you think those targets are going? Hawkins? Austin? No, they're going to Cameron and he could catch over 100 balls this year. He will take full advantage of being the #1 passing option in this Browns offense. We ranked him 5th in our TE rankings.
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