Fantasy Football: Should you start any Browns in Week 15?

Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (34) runs the ball for a first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Griffin III: Bench

Griffin is a frustratingly incompetent player on the football field and it translates to poor fantasy performances. This game looks like it’s going to be a blowout and if the Browns don’t get going early it wouldn’t be surprising if Griffin was pulled for Kessler or McCown, so Griffin isn’t a player to start in fantasy football this week.

Isaiah Crowell: Flex/Bench

With how stagnant this offense has been, there’s no guarantee that the Browns will score any touchdowns and once they get down they tend to abandon the running game. The Crow stays on the bench this week unless you’re starving for a starter at running back.

If you’re desperate for a start at running back, Crowell is a huge risk. He had 10 rushes for 113 yards last week so if he can repeat it that’s a healthy chunk of points from a RB. However, he’s been so inconsistent that most owners are going to feel better leaving him on the bench.

Duke Johnson: Bench

Johnson only got four carries last week and since Crowell had such a solid game the Browns are likely to keep Crowell as the primary back. No one in their right mind would play Johnson this week in fantasy football.

Terrelle Pryor: Flex/Bench

Pryor was an excellent start with Kessler or McCown under center, but the incompetence of RG III makes Pryor a very risky fantasy start. Reports have been coming out all week about the Browns coaching staff working with Griffin to build a greater rapport with the receiving core, but for now Pryor is a huge risk as long as Griffin is under center.


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Corey Coleman: Bench

Coleman’s fantasy narrative is similar to Pryor’s. Leave them both on the bench until Kessler or McCown comes back.

Gary Barnidge: Bench

Barnidge only seems to be a solid tight end start when McCown is starting, so leave Barnidge on your bench.

Cody Parkey: Bench

Each week there’s a big chance that the Browns are going to be shut out, and that combined with Jackson’s recent string of going for it on 4th downs means that Parkey is not a kicker you should ever be starting in a fantasy football game.

Browns Defense: Bench

No one is seriously starting the Browns defense in Week 15.

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