Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to own -
Brandon Weeden has been named the starter in 2012 for the Browns and that is not much to be excited about. His rookie season will be a rough one that will be filled with few highlights and he should really be left on waivers until he proves to be a viable fantasy quarterback option.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to own -
Trent Richardson is a beast and should have a very solid NFL career, but this coming season will not match the hype that is being piled on top of him. Sure he will get a ton of carries and probably catch more passes than the average running back, but defenses will be focused primarily on the rookie as there are few other weapons on the Browns offense. If you are going to draft him be prepared to spend a high 2nd round pick on him which puts him as a Fantasy Running Back #1 and I just don’t think that the value is there. Don’t get me wrong he will have some monster games in 2012, but more often than not his weekly stat line will be average at best.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to own -
There is little to like in the Cleveland Wide Receiver corps at this point in the year. Greg Little dropped the ball early and often in his rookie year, Mohamed Massaquoi has been a perennial underachiever, and 2nd round pick Josh Gordon has documented character issues that he is looking to erase. I believe Josh Gordon is the brightest of the dimly lit stars in this group and I look for him to produce a decent rookie campaign if Weeden and him can develop some early chemistry. Don’t reach for any of these receivers, but if either Little or Gordon are around in the back end of your draft feel free to pick them up and hope for the best.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to own -
Both starting Tight Ends for the Browns, Benjamin Watson and Evan Moore, should be left on the waiver wire in all fantasy formats. Generally rookie Quarterbacks like Weeden will depend on Tight Ends for security, but both guys will see equal opportunity throughout the season. If one of the two were a clear cut #1 Fantasy Tight End they may be of more value, but at this point you should be looking elsewhere.
Fantasy Football Kickers to own -
Phil Dawson is an accurate kicker and could be a good contributor if he was on another NFL team, but with the Browns lack of offensive production it is hard to see him garnering any Fantasy value. Look elsewhere in your draft when looking for your starting fantasy kicker in 2012.
Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams -
The Browns defense will see plenty of time on the field in 2012 and as a unit should not be drafted to your fantasy team. Second halves throughout the season will be tough for this group with how much time they will be spending on the field. I would avoid them at all costs. However, if you are in a Individual Defensive Position League (IDP) there are a few players worth targeting as they should post very solid numbers. D’Qwell Jackson should be viewed as a top 5 linebacker this year after a monster season in 2011. Also, other notable players such as defensive end Jabaal Sheard and Defensive Back T.J. Ward should produce nice numbers in 2012.
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