Description: Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel is still not starting despite Brian Hoyer's worst outing of the season last Sunday in Jacksonville.
Insight: Coach Mike Pettine apparently briefly considered a change, but will stick with Hoyer for another game, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Hoyer could bounce back in Week 8 facing Oakland at home.
Description: Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins was the only worthy fantasy player for Cleveland on Sunday.
Insight: Hawkins had five catches for 112 yards against the Jaguars. He led the team with nine targets. Unfortunately, the rest of the offense struggled, so Hawkins did not have a shot at the end zone.
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell seems to have moved into the second running back role behind starter Ben Tate.
Insight: Tate rushed for 78 yards and 25 carries and two touchdowns while Crowell gained 77 yards less than half the attempts, 11, on Sunday. Crowell also scored. Terrence West is the odd man out as he did not have a rush attempt against the Steelers.
Description: Browns wide receiver Miles Austin had two catches for 29 yards against the Steelers in Week 6.
Insight: Brian Hoyer completed just eight passes, so that isn't exactly surprising Austin had two catches. With so few completions and three of them going to Jordan Cameron, Austin and the rest of the receiving core did not do much.
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is probable for Week 6.
Insight: We say fire the Browns tight end up for this "friendly" matchup against the Steelers. Cameron has just 56 receiving yards over the last two games, but he looks completely healthy. He also had 47 yards on two catches before exiting with an injury Week 1 versus Pittsburgh.
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate is fully practicing this week.
Insight: Tate finally returned to action against the Titans last week and rushed for 123 yards on 22 carries. Tate is a low-end RB1 this week against the Steelers. Tate averaged 6.8 yards per rush against Pittsburgh in Week 1.
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has been fully practicing this week.
Insight: Cameron has been disappointing this year with six receptions for 103 yards but two catches and 47 of those yards came against the Steelers before he left with a shoulder injury in Week 1. If he can stay on the field for the entire game in Week 6, we expect Cameron to put up his most productive fantasy day of 2014.
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate rushed for 123 yards on 22 carries against the Titans on Sunday.
Insight: Tate put to bed any idea of a running-back-by-committee system in Cleveland. He carried the ball 15 times more than any other back. If he stays healthy, Tate is the man in Cleveland, but that's a big if.
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate is active for Week 5 against the Titans.
Insight: Tate will start, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Friday that Tate was still worried about his knee. We would start him with caution due to the fact the Browns can move him along slowly, giving the rookie backs more touches.
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate is practicing Tuesday.
Insight: Head coach Mike Pettine has said he'll start if he's healthy. Still with the performances of Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, we don't know how big a share of the workload he'll get. Sounds more and more like an RBBC.
Description: Browns head coach Mike Pettine would not confirm that running back Ben Tate would return as the starter when he gets back on the field according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Cleveland has a bye in Week 4, so there is a good chance Tate returns for the Browns' next game in Week 5. Pettine did say the Browns are "eager" to get Tate back, but with the emergence of rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, Pettine says it has "made it tougher" to rely solely on Tate. At this point, owners of all three backs have to expect a running back by committee.
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron nearly invisible in return to action.
Insight: He had only one catch for 23 yards, on three targets. Owners are hoping he just needs to get back into game shape so he can start producing. Look for Cameron to rebound during Cleveland's next game.
Description: Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins has nice afternoon against the Ravens.
Insight: He was targeted 10 times and hauled in seven catches. That accumulated to 87 yards. Hawkins has clearly been Hoyer's favorite target early this season, which is a nice sight for fantasy owners. The next step for Hawkins, will be to find the end zone.
Description: Browns running back Terrance West finds end zone in Week 3.
Insight: He split the reps with Isaiah Crowell. West finished with 12 carries for 36 yards and the score, as well as two receptions for five yards. Crowell chipped in with 11 rushes for 55 yards and a touchdown, making both backs fantasy relevant, until Ben Tate returns from injury.
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) was again listed as questionable for Friday's practice, and could "go either way" for Week 3 against the Ravens according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.
Insight: If he does play, he will certainly not be anywhere near 100 percent. The Browns figure to feature their newly-found running game behind Terrance West and Isaiah Corwell which would also limit his fantasy value. Go with another tight end.
Description: Browns running back Terrance West rushed for 69 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown in Cleveland's victory over New Orleans in Week 2.
Insight: In his first career start, West started slow but turned it on in the second half. He scored the touchdown in the third quarter. He is someone to try and grab or hold onto until Ben Tate proves he can stay healthy.
Description: Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert left Sunday's Week 2 game against the Saints with a head injury.
Insight: Gilbert played much better before he exited versus New Orleans after a very rough NFL debut in Pittsburgh. Buster Skrine and Robert Nelson will fill in for Gilbert, playing opposite Joe Haden.
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell could see an increase in carries on Sunday against the Saints as starting running back Ben Tate is out with an injury.
Insight: Obviously, Terrance West is the best player to start in the Browns backfield, but Crowell saw the field in Week 1 even with Tate starting. Crowell rushed for 32 yards on five carries and scored two touchdowns. He is worth keeping an eye on, but it would be somewhat of a leap of faith to count on Crowell producing that kind numbers again.
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate is inactive against the Saints for Week 2.
Insight: Tate suffered a knee injury against the Steelers in Week 1. On Friday, Tate hinted that he is hoping to return after the Browns bye week, which is Week 4. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will get the carries for Cleveland against New Orleans.
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is inactive for Week 2 against the Saints.
Insight: Cameron is still nursing the shoulder injury he suffered last Sunday in Pittsburgh. Jim Dray will likely get the most playing time at tight end for Cleveland this Sunday, but he is not a viable fantasy option.
Description: The NFLPA approved a new drug policy which allows Browns receiver Josh Gordon to be reinstated this season.
Insight: Gordon is now suspended 10 games, which is two games more than expected, but at least fantasy owners are keeping him on the bench for a reason. Gordon will be available to return Week 12, but must stay out of trouble in the meantime. It might get difficult through the bye weeks to stash Gordon away on the bench, but if possible, that is the best strategy than dropping him.
Description: Browns rookie running backTerrance West has at least two games to show fantasy owners what he's got.
Insight: West ran for 100 yards on 16 carries in relief of injured starter Ben Tate against Pittsburgh last Sunday and will have at least two more weeks with Tate sidelined to win coaches and fantasy owners over.
Description: Browns RB Ben Tate will not play in Week 2 due to a knee injury and according to Mary Kay Cabot, Browns beatwriter for Plain Dealer is targeting a Week 5 return.
Insight: Tate has always been a bit fragile and hopefully fantasy owners handcuffed Terrance West. West and backup Isaiah Crowell will have two weeks to display their talents. Heading into Week 2, only West is a viable fantasy option.
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) did not practice again on Thursday according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com
Insight: Cameron insisted on Wednesday that everything was "all good" even though he did not practice on Wednesday because of a shoulder injury that has bothered him since the preseason. It sounds likely that he will not play in Week 2, which actually isn't a bad thing because fantasy owners would like him to get healthy for the long term. Owners should have a backup plan ready this weekend.
Description: The vote among the NFLPA reps on a new drug policy will not take place until at least Friday.
Insight: Josh Gordon, Wes Welker and others remain in limbo. The union is waiting for a response back from the league office, which is a little busy right now with the Ray Rice scandal. Even still, stay patient and leave Gordon on your bench.
Description: Browns head coach Mike Pettine implied running back Isaiah Crowell is more of a power back than fellow rookie Terrance West.
Insight: Pettine told cleveland.com that Crowell is "a guy that, if you polled (defensive backs) and said, "Hey, do you want to make a list of guys that you want to tackle?' I don't think he makes that list. He can square up. He runs very low to the ground." With Ben Tate out 2-4 weeks, West will start this week against the Saints, but Crowell could see some substanstial action as well. Crowell scored two touchdowns in Week 1.
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate left Sunday's game against the Steelers due to a knee injury and is questionable to return.
Insight: Tate was hurt on a 25-yard run in the second quarter. He looked fine when he left the field but has not returned. Rookie Terrance West is now the Browns No. 1 back. With the game looking like a blow out at half time, Tate might not even return if he could.
Description: There is a very slight chance Browns receiver Josh Gordon could return to the team this season and forgo his year-long suspension.
Insight: The NFL and NFLPA are negotiating a new substance abuse policy, which would include a higher threshold for the banned substance in marijuana according to Cleveland.com. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the new policy would raise the threshold from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 50 ng/ml. The NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Friday that if the new policy is approved, players who were recently suspended under the old rules should have their sanctions revoked. It gets more complicated, however, because Gordon may have failed his drug test before the league year began on March 11. If that is the case, the new rules might not apply to him. To sum up, it is highly unlikely the stars all align for Gordon to return this season, but Gordon is explosive enough to take the risk. If you can, stash him away on an IR spot.
Description: Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he's comfortable with running back Ben Tate playing on third down.
Insight: This is certainly good news for Tate owners, but it hurts fantasy owners that were hoping rookie Terrance West would get some opportunities to get on the field on third downs. It now looks like West's only fantasy value is as a handcuff, which is still a useful because of Tate's injury record.
Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel completed 6-of-17 passes for 83 yards with a touchdown and ran four times for 55 yards in Cleveland's preseason finale on Thursday.
Insight: Brian Hoyer started and led the offense to a 85-yard touchdown drive. Manziel was not particularly accurate, but in his unique style, he made plays with his legs. In four preseason games, Johnny Football is 30-of-58 for 296 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. He has also ran the ball 12 times for 88 yards and a touchdown. If Hoyer struggles early on this season, it will be tough to keep Manziel on the bench.
Description: Browns rookie running back Terrance West ran for just 13 yards on six carries, lost a fumble and was not targeted in the passing game in Cleveland's preseason finale Thursday.
Insight: Ben Tate has outplayed West in preseason, so Tate is locked in as Cleveland's starting running back. West had 31 carries and rushed for 83 yards this preseason. West is only a handcuff in redraft leagues, but that should not be taken lightly due to Tate's injury past.
Description: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there will be no ruling on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal this week.
Insight: FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo reported the NFL Players Union was expecting a decision by the end of this week, so this is a little surprising. Apparently there is a high volume of testimony on both sides from Gordon's latest failed drug test. In many cases, fantasy owners hoping to know Gordon's status before their draft are unfortunately out of luck. Hopefully, a decision is made next week.
Description: Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer rotated every two series for the first half and neither played well. Manziel complete 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Hoyer was 2-for-6 with 16 yards. Manziel's touchdown came in the second half against Washington backups.
According to Bob Holtzman of ESPN, a Browns team source says Johnny Manziel is now ahead of Brian Hoyer in the competition for the starting quarterback job.
Insight: The quarterback situation in Cleveland is extremely cloudy as the pair combined to go 4-of-13 through the air in the first half. Both quarterbacks skipped passes in the dirt and threw behind receivers. Hoyer missed an easy touchdown throw to Andrew Hawkins midway through the second quarter. Head coach Mike Pettine wanted to name his starter this week, but he may have to wait until after the third preseason game. Fantasy owners should too before drafting these quarterbacks.
Description: According to Bob Holtzman of ESPN, a Browns team source says Johnny Manziel is now ahead of Brian Hoyer in the competition for the starting quarterback job.
Insight: Well that was fast. Hoyer was the frontrunner when camp started, but Manziel has closed the gap already. He completed 7-of-11 for 63 yards and rushed six times for 27 yards in the Browns preseason opener Saturday night at Detroit, while Hoyer went 6-of-14 for 92 yards. Due to his rushing ability, Manziel could return low-end QB1 numbers immediately.
Description: Miles Austin is listed as one of the starting receivers on Cleveland's first depth chart, according to SB Nation.
Insight: Josh Gordon is the other, but he is facing a one-year suspension. Austin will remain atop the depth chart until he starts dealing with his typical injury problems. Nate Burleson and Andrew Hawkins are behind Austin and Gordon.
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon's appeal will either result in his 16-game suspension being upheld or no suspension at all.
Insight: The suspension won't be cut down to 12 or eight games. According to NFL policy, the officer who hears Gordon's appeal will have the responsibility only to determine if there was a violation and if he rules that there was one Gordon will be bound by the agreed-upon sanction.
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests and one test, the one that has him facing a one-year suspension, barely generated a positive. The one test would have been a negative if his urine samples were organized differently.
Insight: Urine samples are radomly split into two bottles, an "A" and a "B." If the "A" bottle is positive, the "B" is tested. The substance abuse policy states that the "'B' bottle Test need only show that the substance, revealed in the 'A' bottle Test, is evident to the 'limits of detection' to confirm the results of the 'A' bottle Test." Gordon's "A" bottle showed a concentration just one nanogram per milliliter above the limit while the "B" bottle was below the threshold. If the "B" was tested first, the "A" wouldn't have ever been tested because the "B" bottle would have counted as negative. Gordon may have a shot to get his one-year suspension reduced, especially because the NFL is taking heat for giving Ray Rice just two games for domestic violence, but he likely will get a minimum of eight games because he's failed to stay out of trouble in the past few months. His appeal will be heard on Aug. 1.
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon is set to appeal his suspension at an Aug. 1 hearing in New York, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: We think there is little chance of his one-year suspension being reduced, but at least the final answer will come before most fantasy leagues hold their draft. Gordon was a fantasy stud last season catching 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
Description: According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns rookie running back Terrance West is expected to practice Friday.
Insight: West was placed on the NFI (Non-Football Injury) List Wednesday, but he tweeted that he passed his conditioning test and is healthy. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Description: Browns rookie running back Terrance West will open training camp on the active/NFI list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: The reason is undisclosed. The NFI (Non-Football Injury) List is for injuries suffered off the football field or for rookie who sustained an injury prior to the draft. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Description: A Cleveland Plain dealer report says the wide receiver to watch in Browns camp will be Charles Johnson.
Insight: With Josh Gordon out of the picture and journeymen Nate Burleson and Miles Austin penciled in as starters, Johnson might be the most exciting receiver on the practice field. He's got size (6-foot-2, 215) and speed (4.38 40). He needs to stay healthy, but he could be a player worthy watching this summer.
Description: Vic Carucci of clevelandbrowns.com expects rookie running back Terrance West to push Ben Tate for the starting job in training camp.
Insight: The Browns signed Tate this offseason and drafted West in the third round. Tate backed up Arian Foster the past three years in Houston and had 1,992 yards and 10 touchdowns on 421 carries (4.7 ypc) and is the favorite to win the job. The Browns are expected to be a run-heavy team this season following Josh Gordon's expected suspension, so both Tate and West could see enough carries to make them fantasy options.
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon has reportedly been arrested for DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Insight: If Gordon was hoping to catch a break from the league concerning his upcoming suspension he's certaining not behaving like a man who cares about his NFL future. Fantasy owners should not plan on Gordon stepping onto the field during the 2014-15 season.
Description: Browns coach Mike Pettine says the team will use a "running back by committte" in 2014. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: "I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Pettine said. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys." With one-back proponent Kyle Shanahan in the fold as offensive coordinator, free-agent signee Ben Tate looked to be in a great situation after backing up Arian Foster for a few years, but third-round pick Terrance West is going to be more involved than anyone expected.
Description: Quarterback Vince Young has decided to call it a career.
Insight: Young won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2006 and appeared on the cover of Madden 08, but he never lived up to the hype. He made just three starts after the Titans cut him following the 2010 season and will finish with 8,964 passing yards, 46 touchdown passes, 51 interceptions, 1,458 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores in 60 games. Despite the pedestrian numbers, Young went 31-19 in his 50 career starts.
Description: According to wkyc.com, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was issued a speeding ticket for going 74 mph in a 60-mph zone and his passenger was given a citation for possession of marijuana on May 25.
Insight: Obviously not a good move for a guy who is facing a one-year suspension for failing a drug test for marijuana and is hoping the NFL shows some leniency when it hears his appeal.
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter expects Josh Gordon's suspension to last the entire 2014 season.
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners want to hear. Gordon (87 catches, 1,646 yards, 9 TD in 2013) has filed an appeal but it sounds like the Browns are expecting the worst. His absence cerainly clouds quarterback Johnny Manziel's fantasy value heading into his rookie season.
Description: Browns receiver Greg Little was waived, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Considering the Browns are desperate for receivers and just signed the likes of Miles Austin and Earl Bennett they must really hate Little. Little's receptions and yardage had dropped over the past two seasons after a solid rookie compaign in 2011.
Description: The Browns have signed former Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett. SOURCE: Jake Jones, KFBB-TV Montana
Insight: Bennett had a promising rookie season in 2009 (717 yards, 2 TD) but has seen his yardage total drop each of the last four seasons. Going to Cleveland won't improve his already minimal fantasy value.
Description: Former Cowboys wideout Miles Austin has caught on with the Browns.
Insight: With Josh Gordon (suspension) likely lost for the season, Cleveland needed to address their wide receiver situation. Austin was useless in Dallas last season (24 catches, 244 yards, zero touchdowns) but maybe a change of scenery will be good for him.
Description: Joe Haden became the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history Tuesday when the Browns signed him to a five-year, $68 million contract extension. SOURCE: NBC Sports
Insight: Richard Sherman is still getting more annually ($14.35 million to Haden's $13.6 million) but Haden's deal includes more guaranteed money ($45 million to Sherman's $40 million). Haden intercepted four passes last season en route to his first Pro Bowl selection.
Description: With Josh Gordon facing a lengthy suspension, the Browns will use a run-first offense in 2014. SOURCE: Pat McManamon, ESPN
Insight: Last season, the Browns led the NFL in passing attempts. This year, they might lead it in rushing attempts. Tate, a backup for his entire tenure in Houston, should be in for a special season as long as he can stay healthy.
Description: According to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Johnny Manziel will serve as Brian Hoyer's backup quarterback during his rookie season. SOURCE: ESPN's SportsCenter
Insight: Nice try. It's good the Browns are trying to keep Manziel's ego in check but come on. Season ticket sales in Cleveland are at an all-time high and Manziel's jersey is flying off the shelves. If anyone other than Johnny Football starts Week 1 we'd be shocked.
Description: Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes Josh Gordon's suspension will fall somewhere in the range of 8-to-16 games.
Insight: Even if the ban is reduced to eight games on appeal, Gordon will still be missing a significant chunk of the season. Drug issues have followed Gordon throughout his career as this is the fifth drug test he's failed since college.
Description: The Browns have already cut quarterback Vince Young.
Insight: That leaves Cleveland with just four quarterbacks on its roster: Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer, Tyler Thigpen and Connor Shaw. Young hasn't played a snap since 2011 and at this point it would be surprising to ever see him play in the NFL again.
Description: According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, Browns receiver Josh Gordon could face a season-long suspension after failing a second drug test, this time for marijuana.
Insight: Cleveland was feeling good after the team drafted QB Johnny Manziel with the 22nd-overall pick Thursday night, but it didn't last. Gordon was suspended the first two games last year for using cough syrup that contained codeine, a banned substance in the NFL, and he was also suspended from Baylor's football team for failing a drug test for marijuana in 2011. He he ended up breaking out with 87 catches, 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games last season.
Description: Cleveland drafted former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick in Thursday's NFL Draft.
Insight: This was reminiscent of the 2005 Draft when Aaron Rodgers fell to the Packers at pick No. 24 after being hyped as a potential No. 1 pick. It's not a bad landing spot for Manziel as he already has an established wide receiver in Josh Gordon and a productive tight end in Jordan Cameron. Of course, he'll need to beat out Brian Hoyer for the starting job first.
Description: The Browns have agreed to a one-year deal with former Titans quarterback Vince Young. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: The team added him strictly for depth. Even if Young does make the team out of training camp, he's unlikely to see any snaps this season. The two-time Pro Bowler hasn't played in a game since 2011.
Description: The Browns have brought in receiver Nate Burleson on a one-year deal.
Insight: Burleson played just six games in 2012 due to a broken leg and nine last year with a broken arm (suffered in a car accident). The veteran averaged 4.3 receptions per game with the Lions over the last four seasons, but he'll likely be behind Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Andrew Hawkins on the depth chart in 2014 for a team with an unsettled QB situation.
Description: The Bengals chose not to match Cleveland's four-year offer sheet for wideout Andrew Hawkins. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The deal is worth $13.6 million. Hawkins will line up in the slot with Josh Gordon on the outside. In three seasons in Cincinnati, Hawkins was never a fantasy option (995 yards, 4 TD in 35 games).
Description: Ben Tate's new two-year deal with Cleveland could pay him up to $7 million according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Tate fills a huge need for the Browns, who were forced to start ancient Willis McGahee at halfback last season. Now that he's out from Arian Foster's shadow, this will be a good chance for Tate to finally spread his wings. We smell a 1,000-yard season on the horizon.
Description: Former Cardinals tight end Jim Dray signed a deal with Cleveland.
Insight: Fantasy owners can scratch him off the list as he'll be behind Jordan Cameron. Dray posted career highs last season with 26 catches for 215 yards and a pair of scores. Jordan had that beat after Week 3 and finished with 80-917-7.
Description: Cleveland's roster purge continued Wednesday with the release of quarterback Jason Campbell. SOURCE: Browns on Twitter
Insight: Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney are the only QBs remaining on the Browns' roster. There's a good chance Cleveland addresses this issue in the upcoming draft. Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel could be a possibility with the fourth pick.
Description: The Brandon Weeden experiment has ended in Cleveland. SOURCE: Mike Silver, NFL.com
Insight: The Browns admitted defeat by cutting Weeden earlier today. With 26 interceptions and a 71.8 rating over his first 23 games, it's clear Weeden isn't starter material. He'll land a backup job this offseason ... if he's lucky.
Description: Strong safety Donte Whitner will join the Browns on a four-year, $28 million contract. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Whitner produced 73 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions last season with San Francisco. With Whitner and Joe Haden, the Browns should have one of the better secondaries in the league next season.
Description: Karlos Dansby inked a four-year, $24 million deal with the Browns on Tuesday. SOURCE: Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Insight: Dansby is coming off one of his best seasons. In 16 games for the Cardinals, the 6-foot-4 linebacker racked up 133 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four interceptions. He should have an immediate impact in Cleveland.
Description: Cleveland has released troubled wideout Davone Bess.
Insight: Bess (42 catches, 362 yards, 2 TD in 2013) was just too much baggage for the rebounding Browns to handle. His arrest back in January was likely the last straw. It could be difficult for the 28-year-old to find work if teams think he's unstable.
Description: Brandon Weeden wants the Browns to trade him. SOURCE: Chris Wesseling, NFL.com
Insight: Weeden lost his starting job multiple times last season and is unlikely to get it back in 2014. Brian Hoyer is the team's best option under center though Cleveland might still draft a quarterback with the fourth pick. Either way, it's going to be tough to drum up interest from other teams after Weeden's dismal 2013 campaign (70.3 QB rating, 52.8 completion percentage).
Description: Cincinnati third string TE Alex Smith is out indefinitely with a dislocated wrist.
Insight: Hopefully the Bengals will have Tyler Eifert or Jermaine Gresham back in the lineup. If none can play Cincinnati will be forced to use fullback Orson Charles or tackle Dennis Roland at the tight end spot.
Description: Cleveland cornerback Buster Skrine hurt his shoulder Sunday against Pittsburgh and is questionable to return. SOURCE: Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal
Insight: He had one tackle before leaving. With Skrine and Joe Haden both out, the Steelers will have a chance to really hurt the Browns through the air. They're already leading 14-0 in the second quarter.
Description: Browns cornerback Joe Haden will sit out Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: He's been battling a hip injury for the last two weeks and with nothing to play for on Sunday, he'll get the afternoon off. With Haden gone, Steelers wideout Antonio Brown should put up huge numbers in Week 17.
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been cleared to return to practice, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Cameron practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion in Week 15. He has 75 catches, 848 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games this season but has faded following the emergence of Josh Gordon as a bona fide star.
Description: Edwin Baker had 64 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries Sunday against the Jets to lead the Browns in rushing for the second straight game. Willis McGahee was active after missing Week 15 with a concussion but he didn't touch the football.
Insight: Baker has scored a touchdown in two straight games after being scooped off Houston's practice squad on Dec. 10.
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron missed another practice Thursday due to a concussion.
Insight: Cameron is currently going through the league's concussion protocol and will need to gain clearance to play Sunday against the Jets. He missed the last two games last season due to a concussion.
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee (concussion) has been cleared to play, according to Scott Petrak of chroniclet.com.
Insight: McGahee is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry this season and will return to a committee. Edwin Baker had 38 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in Week 15 against the Bears after being signed off Houston's practice squad and could remained involved in the offense, but no Browns RB is worth playing in Week 16 against the Jets.
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee expects to play Sunday against the Jets. SOURCE: The Chronicle-Telegram
Insight: He missed last week's game with a concussion. The veteran is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry this season and won't be an option for fantasy owners the rest of the way. If you're going to own someone from the Cleveland backfield, Chris Ogbonnaya is the better choice.
Description: Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden suffered a hip pointer Sunday against the Bears, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Haden had his hands full with the bigger Brandon Marshall on Sunday but is one of the top coverage corners in the NFL.
Insight: It won't mean much if Haden has to miss Week 16 as few fantasy owners are starting Santonio Holmes anyway, but it would help Antonio Brown in Week 17.
Description: Edwin Baker led the Browns with eight carries and 38 rushing yards in Week 15 with Willis McGahee out with a concussion. Baker was signed off Houston's practice squad on Dec. 10 and was making his NFL debut.
Insight: Baker scored a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter and added 46 receiving yards to his total. The Browns may decide to keep him involved in the offense over the final two weeks.
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee (concussion) "seems very doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Bears, according to Pat McManamon of espn.com.
Insight: McGahee suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter against the Patriots. The 32-year-old has rushed for just 2.7 yards per carry and two touchdowns on 138 carries in 11 games since joining the Browns. His absence will allow Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya to see more playing time, but neither is a good fantasy option for the second round of the fantasy playoffs.
Description: Browns QB Jason Campbell had a fine afternoon Sunday against New England.
Insight: Campbell looked sharp in his first game back from a concussion, completing 29-of-44 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran twice for 27 yards. As long as superstar wideout Josh Gordon is around to throw to, Campbell should continue to have fantasy success.
Description: Browns wideout Josh Gordon set a team record for receiving yards in a season by racking up 151 yards through the air Sunday in a one-point loss to New England.
Insight: Gordon has been the best receiver in football over the last month, catching at least 125 yards worth of passes in each of his last four contests. Even superstar corner Aqib Talib was no match for Gordon on Sunday. Don't expect Gordon to slow down next week against Chicago.
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion) has been upgraded to probable after getting through a second straight practice.
Insight: Josh Gordon owners can breathe easy with this news. Campbell is desperately needed in Week 14, because Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion against Jacksonville, leaving unknown Alex Tanney and recently signed Caleb Hanie as the other options.
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion) has been cleared to practice Thursday and took the first team reps, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot.
Insight: Josh Gordon owners should be smiling with this news. Campbell is desperately needed in Week 14, because Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion against Jacksonville, leaving unknown Alex Tanney and recently signed Caleb Hanie as the other options.
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion) has been cleared to practice Thursday.
Insight: Josh Gordon owners should be smiling with this news. Campbell is desperately needed in Week 14, because Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion against Jacksonville, leaving unknown Alex Tanney and recently signed Caleb Hanie as the other options.
Description: Cleveland signed quarterback Caleb Hanie on Monday.
Insight: Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell are both banged up, which would have left Alex Tanney as the only healthy quarterback on the Browns' roster. We won't know until later in the week who the Browns are planning to start Sunday against New England.
Description: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion after Sunday's game against the Jaguars, according to cleveland.com.
Insight: Weeden started Sunday's game because Jason Campbell was out with the concussion he suffered in Week 12. Alex Tanney, who was picked up from Dallas' practice squad this week, is Cleveland's other QB.
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon became the first player in NFL history to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games Sunday against Jacksonville.
Insight: Gordon dominated the Jaguars for 261 yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches, giving him 29 catches, 623 yards and four touchdowns on 47 targets over the last three games. Despite sitting the first two games due to a suspension, Gordon has recorded 1,249 receiving yards, second in the NFL to Calvin Johnson.
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon went to the locker room in the third quarter Sunday against Jacksonville due to a head injury.
Insight: Gordon caught seven passes for 149 yards and a touchdown prior to exiting. He has absolutely exploded over the last three games and would be a huge loss for fantasy owners heading into the playoffs.
Description: Sports Illustrated reports Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will start next week's game against Jacksonville.
Insight: It's not by choice. Starter Jason Campbell is out with a concussion. Weeden definitely shouldn't be your first choice but if your team is dealing with an injury, he could be worth a look against a Jaguars team that ranks 24th in yards allowed. Wideout Josh Gordon should see plenty of targets with Weeden under center.
Description: Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon had his fourth game this season of at least 125 yards Sunday against the Bengals.
Insight: The big-play receiver caught a 74-yard bomb for a touchdown and finished with five catches for 125 yards on 15 targets. He's averaging 18.8 yards per reception this season. He has 751 yards and four touchdowns in just eight games.
Description: Browns KR/WR Travis Benjamin tore the ACL in his right knee and had surgery on Friday.
Insight: Benjamin wasn't of much help to fantasy owners having caught just five passes this season , but did amass 403 yards and a touchdown on kick return duty. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell, who had another strong game in Week 9 against the Ravens, is back on the practice field Tuesday despite bruised ribs.
Insight: Campbell threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns to nearly upset the Chiefs last week and had 262 yards and three scores Sunday to knock off the defending Super Bowl champ Ravens Sunday. The Browns have a bye in Week 10 before playing at Cincinnati in Week 11.
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell had another strong game in Week 9 against the Ravens.
Insight: Campbell threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns to nearly upset the Chiefs last week and had 262 yards and three scores Sunday to knock off the defending Super Bowl champs. The Browns have a bye in Week 10 before playing at Cincinnati in Week 11. Only owners in two-quarterback leagues should consider starting Campbell.
Description: After a solid effort against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, Browns QB Jason Campbell will get a second start in Week 9, according to Coach Rob Chudzinski.
Insight: Campbell threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns against a very good Chiefs defense and earned another opportunity. He has talented receivers in Josh Gordan and Jordan Cameron so could be a decent option in two QB leagues.