Finding top Fantasy Football talent on the Browns' depth chart is almost as difficult as finding a palm tree flourishing on St. Clair Avenue in the Historic Warehouse District of Cleveland. Over the past ten NFL seasons, the Browns have scored 256 touchdowns on offense – 81 via the rush and 175 through the air. By comparison, over the same period, the New England Patriots have 471 offensive touchdowns with 163 on the ground and 308 via the pass.
Will the aforementioned "brownout" continue during NFL 2012 or can Cleveland hit the switch and find some scoring? Let us cruise over to the home of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame to see if the Browns will be rocking during NFL 2012.
Cleveland Browns Quarterback Fantasy Options
It's almost painful to discuss the Browns and Fantasy Football at the same time. The torture begins at the quarterback position as Cleveland has registered just 175 passing touchdowns over the past ten seasons. The drought has really kicked in over the last four years as a host of pivots have accounted for just 51 scores through the air – while tossing 68 interceptions. Yikes!
A lot of that is on Colt "not the real" McCoy. While 20-20 vision is a good thing, a 20-20 TD to INT ratio is not. Those are the mediocre numbers for McCoy in his 21 career NFL appearances over the past two seasons. Understanding that he hasn't been throwing to Wes Welker type receivers, the numbers are what they are and 274.1 FP equates to 13.05 FP per game – not good!
Browns QB Analysis: Rumors are hot in Cleveland that the Browns may make an aggressive run at Robert Griffin III on NFL Draft Day 2012. As one would expect, head coach Pat Schurmur has brushed off the suggestion. The Browns would probably have to trade up from their current four hole spot to reel in RG3. At this point, there's nothing to see here – move along.
Cleveland Browns Running Back Fantasy Options
RB Peyton Hillis has gone from being a flicker of fantasy hope on the Cleveland horizon, to a what have you done for me lately fantasy dud, to moving on to Kansas City. That leaves Montario Hardesty , Brandon Jackson (who finished the 2011 season on IR), and Chris Ogbonnaya (who will play for $540K in 2012 before becoming an "Exclusive Rights Free Agent" at the end of the season).
Browns RB Analysis: Hardesty has a contract that runs through the 2013 season, making him a possible sleeper this season – if he can stay healthy. Cleveland probably won't have a shot at RG3, so expect them to take Trent Richardson (RB, Alabama) with the fourth overall pick. At this point however, all bets are off when it comes the current Browns backfield.
Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Fantasy Options
They should rename this team the Potential Browns. When your record is 18-46 over four seasons, you should always have a bountiful harvest of draft picks – that should come with potential. One of those selections is WR Mohamed Massaquoi -- taken by the Browns in the second round (50th OA) of the 2009 NFL draft. Double M was taken right after the Brownies grabbed WR Brian Robiskie in the same round with the 36th overall pick. Cleveland also picked Greg Little early in the 2010 Draft as he went in the second round as the 59th selection. Dizzying!
Massaquoi has been a bust with 195.7 FP in 42 career games. Robiskie is nursing a torn hamstring in Jacksonville with the Jaguars. Little showed some promise as he racked up 84.4 FP in his rookie season – though he needs to learn how to catch the ball. Josh Cribbs and Jordan Norwood are also in the muddled mess here.
Browns WR Analysis: It's a "make it or break it" contract year for Massaquoi, who could get some help with Little lined up on the other side of the field. Who will be tossing the rock will have a say in where we rank both players as we get closer to September.
Cleveland Browns Tight End Fantasy Options
Things don't get much better at the tight end position in Cleveland. Evan Moore (324 YD 4 TD) had some buzz around him coming into the 2011 NFL season, but basically played in the TE committee situation with Ben Watson. With Watson suffering three concussions in 2011, Moore should see an increased role in 2012.
Browns TE Analysis: As is the case across the board, there's potential at the TE position in Cleveland – that hinges on the Browns getting a capable field general under center.