Shark Bites

The Browns will acquire QB Brock Osweiler and a 2018 2nd round draft pick from the Texans. The move clears $16 million in salary from Houston's books, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Browns are now expected to move on from QB Robert Griffin III, leaving them with Osweiler and Cody Kessler atop the depth chart. We wouldn't anoint Osweiler as the Week 1 starter -- Cleveland will certainly still add a QB in the 2017 draft -- but a massive contract gives him another chance to rehab his image. Of course, that won't be easy after a rough 2016, one that included 15 TDs, 16 INTs and a 59% completion rate. We'll also see if Houston can acquire QB Tony Romo from Dallas.

Update: Schefter and Rapoport report that the Browns are considering a release or a trade of Osweiler. Stay tuned as more details roll in.

The Browns signed WR Kenny Britt to a 4-year, $32.5 million deal, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. So Britt heads from a Rams squad that finished 31st in passing yards last year to a Browns team that ranked 28th. He's a glutton for punishment. Britt, of course, managed a 26th-place PPR finish despite his poor situation last year. We'll see who ends up chucking him the rock in Cleveland, but Britt is capable of at least another WR3-level season in 2017. His arrival means the Browns are unlikely to re-sign WR Terrelle Pryor. It'll be Britt and Corey Coleman in the starting lineup.

Texans QB Brock Osweiler will start Saturday's playoff opener against the Raiders, HC Bill O'Brien announced on Tuesday. QB Tom Savage (concussion) is iffy to be cleared in time. And even if he was, he'd miss most or all of this week of practice. So Houston goes back to Osweiler, who finished the regular season with a 59% completion rate, 5.8 yards per attempt, 15 TDs and 16 INTs. He fared OK vs. Oakland back in Week 11, going 26 of 39 for 243 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.

Rams WR Kenny Britt (shoulder) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals after missing practice all week. Los Angeles will trot out Tavon Austin, Brian Quick and Pharoh Cooper as its top 3 WRs in the finale.

Browns RB Duke Johnson led the team in receptions (5) and receiving yards (72) in Sunday's loss to the Bills, while his 7 targets fell just 1 behind Terrelle Pryor's team lead. It was Johnson's 1st game with more than 3 catches since Week 8 and followed a 2-target, 1-reception line against the Bengals in Week 14, when QB Robert Griffin returned to the lineup. So Johnson might be a low-level PPR option for Week 16's home date with the Chargers, but don't elevate him above that. He remains a high-risk, low-reward RB.

Texans QB Brock Osweiler was benched in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Jaguars after throwing 2 INTs among his first 11 attempts. That gives him 16 INTs on the year. QB Tom Savage is now under center for Houston.

Browns WR Corey Coleman saw a team-high 11 targets in Sunday's loss to the Bengals ... and caught just 3 of them for 26 yards. The rookie was contending with both wintry conditions and an inaccurate Robert Griffin. RG3 completed just 9 of 17 passes to other receivers. Coleman has flashed playmaking ability at times this season but simply isn't in a situation to be a reliable fantasy option the rest of the way.

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell busted off 113 yards on 10 carries in Sunday's loss to the Browns. It was his first 100-yard game since Week 4 and his 1st time over 44 yards since Week 7. Crowell seemed to benefit from the threat of QB Robert Griffin's legs. We'll see if RG3 remains under center next weekend after completing just 12 of 28 passes today. Regardless, Crowell will be no more than a RB3 or flex in Buffalo next Sunday.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said Monday that TE Gary Barnidge "tweaked" a knee in the 1st half of Sunday's loss to the Giants, according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot. That led Jackson to rotate Barnidge the rest of the way and avoid overworking him. Barnidge still played 76% of the offensive snaps, though. This doesn't seem like an issue that should impact his fantasy outlook -- especially with a Week 13 bye to rest up. The fact that Barnidge hasn't caught more than 3 passes in a game since Week 7, on the other hand, is a good reason to not bother with him.

Browns S Ed Reynolds (knee) is active for today's game against the Giants. He put in only limited workouts Wednesday and Friday, though, sandwiching a Thursday spent on the sideline. That makes too much risk for a low-level, early-career IDP option. CB Tramon Williams (knee) is inactive after also entering the day questionable.

Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Giants. QB Josh McCown draws the start but is only a lower-end option in 2-QB leagues.

Browns QB Cody Kessler sustained a concussion in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Steelers. It's his 2nd concussion of the season. We'll track his progress through the league's protocol.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said after Thursday night's loss that Cody Kessler remains his starting QB. "Cody's still the QB. I took Cody out because I wanted a spark," Jackson said. "I wanted to try a veteran." The move to Josh McCown backfired big time. The veteran completed just 6 of 13 passes for 59 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs over the game's final 30 minutes. The Browns might go 0-16.

Browns QB Cody Kessler was benched at halftime of Thursday night's game against the Ravens. The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich confirms that Kessler is not injured. That was our 1st guess because the rookie wasn't bad in the first 30 minutes, completing 11 of 18 passes for 91 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs. Cleveland scored just 7 points, though, and has turned to veteran QB Josh McCown.

Browns CB Jamar Taylor (groin) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Ravens. That takes Cleveland's slot corner out of the lineup but doesn't significantly alter anyone else's fantasy outlook on either side otherwise.

Browns CB Jamar Taylor (groin) is active for today's game against the Cowboys, despite entering the day questionable. He managed to put in limited practices all week and should be fine to use as you normally would in IDP leagues.

Cleveland.com reports that the Browns expect to start LB Jamie Collins Sunday against Dallas after acquiring him from the Patriots on Monday. DC Ray Horton reportedly plans to keep him on the field for most of the snaps as well, specifically saying: "We're going to ask a lot of him and obviously see what he can handle, but so far, I have been really impressed with his smarts and his savvy and athleticism on the field and really off the field, too, of just learning something and not hesitating to translate it in his mind." Collins carries some risk by virtue of his relatively unknown role, but he has showed us all his cross-category upside. This is probably a chance worth taking for most IDP owners who have counted on Collins as a regular starter to this point. Expect Collins to take the place of veteran ILB Demario Davis and play next to Christian Kirksey.

Browns CB Jamar Taylor (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys after putting in limited practices all week. We'll check on his game status Sunday morning.

Browns WR Corey Coleman (hand) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He's set to play against the Cowboys on Sunday after missing the past 6 weeks. Coleman racked up 173 yards and 2 scores in Cleveland's first 2 games, but those came with QBs Robert Griffin and Josh McCown. He'll be catching passes from Cody Kessler this weekend. Coleman is a risk/reward WR3.

Browns HC Hue Jackson announced on Friday that QB Cody Kessler will start this weekend's game against the Cowboys. It's a smart move for a team already looking ahead to 2017 to get another look at its rookie. Kessler has played surprisingly well this season, completing 66.9% of his passes, averaging 7.1 yards per attempt and tossing 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. He remains a low-upside QB2 in fantasy football, though, and is a slight downgrade for Cleveland's pass-catchers.

 
 
 

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