Welcome to our 2022 Cleveland Browns Fantasy Preview. The Browns have made sine changes at key offensive positions, none more than at the QB position. The team made a move for Deshaun Watson despite his legal issues, to attempt to put them over the line. Whether that happens is massively dependent on how those legal issues end up being settled- time will tell.
Notable Offseason Moves
- Deshaun Watson (QB)
- Amari Cooper (WR)
- Jacoby Brissett (QB)
- Jakeem Grant (WR)
- Joshua Dobbs (QB)
- Austin Hooper (TE)
- Baker Mayfield (QB)
- Case Keenum (QB)
- Jarvis Landry (WR)
- Nick Mullins (QB)
- Andy Janovich (RB)
- Rashard Higgins (WR)
Notable Players- Deshaun Watson & Baker Mayfield
***THE BELOW ANALYSIS IS FANTASY RELATED ONLY***
The QB situation in Cleveland is truly up in the air. The allegations against Deshaun Watson are growing, and at some point the league is going to react with some size of ban. Until that is passed, it’s hard to really fully analyze the QB position. Despite that, the analysis below will be based on each player being the full-season starter.
If Watson is able to suit up for the Browns, then he is going to be a fantasy force. This group collectively is the best group he has played with, and gives him the best offensive line. With his ability to move the ball through the air, and run the ball, he is a true dual-threat. He will need to learn the offense, but he has everything around him to be successful. Watson figures to be a QB1 if he plays.
Now, if Mayfield is confirmed to be the starter, it’s going to be much of the same from his previous seasons. He is most likely to finish as a QB2, given the way the offense moves the ball on the ground first.
**UPDATE- Baker Mayfield’s Departure**
Mayfield departing doesn’t really change the situation for the team as it relates to Watson. What it does do is push Jacoby Brissett into contention to start. As a result, I think the only pass catchers that I’m going to be in on in a strong way are going to be Amari Cooper and David Njoku as a flier. In the two seasons he was the starter with the Colts he failed to have a single player reach 1,000 yards on the season and only threw 31 TDs across the two seasons. Brissett is only worth considering in SF leagues as a backup, given the number of rushing attempts in the offense.
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