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Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo will have "minor" knee surgery and miss "at least a couple of weeks," according to Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. That might make it tough for the former top-10 pick to finally nail down a full starting role, especially given that rookie OLB Nate Orchard has pleased his new team. Mingo's getting harder to believe in even for dynasty IDP use. He registered just 7 total sacks over his 1st 2 seasons but is still signed through 2016, with a club option for 2017.

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4 months ago

The Browns selected OL Cameron Erving at #19.  It's a responsible pick.  Erving started his college career on the D-line, moved to LT for 2012 and 2013 and then started at C this past season.  Erving is expected to play on the interior at the next level.  He'll likely start at G in Cleveland next to stud C Alex Mack.  The Browns sport a formidable offensive line for what figures to be a run-heavy offense.

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4 months ago

The Browns spent the 12th pick of the NFL Draft on NT Danny Shelton, who should slot right into the Cleveland lineup. That helps a defense with some intriguing talent. The Browns need to build their pass rush, but there's upside if you're picking a 2nd team defense late in your fantasy football draft.

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7 months ago

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam agreed Thursday with HC Mike Pettine's description of the "muddy" QB situation. But Haslam might have gone a step further and indicated that he doesn't believe in Johnny Manziel. “We’ve got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed,” he said, according to NorthCoastNow.com. “What I would say to our fans is, we’re going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team.” There don't seem to be many -- any? -- folks in Cleveland optimistic about Manziel's future, but it'll be really telling if he doesn't at least get to compete for the 2015 starting job. Manziel retains plenty of fantasy appeal if he can get his (act) together, but he has a lot to prove to everyone.

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The Browns have named John DeFilippo their new OC.  It's one of the most unexciting hirings of the offseason.  DeFilippo has never run an NFL offense, only serving as QBs coach for the Raiders (2007-2008, 2012-2014) and Jets (2009).  Guys under his tutelage have included Daunte Culpepper, Josh McCown, JaMarcus Russell, Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor.  The best we can say about DeFilippo is that he played a part in QB Derek Carr's encouraging rookie campaign.  His arrival doesn't exactly make us giddy about QB Johnny Manziel's development, though.

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Browns OC Kyle Shanahan requested and was granted his release from the team.  His 1 year in Cleveland featured an up-and-down Brian Hoyer, the Johnny Manziel mess and an unpredictable RB rotation.  The Browns finished 2014 ranked 23rd in total yards and 27th in points.  Shanahan's offense was supposed to be a good fit for Manziel, so it's tough to consider this good news for last year's 1st-rounder.  But RBs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West might be the biggest losers.  The Shanahan Offense has always produced big RB numbers.  We'll see who Cleveland tabs to replace Little Shanny.

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8 months ago

Browns DE Desmond Bryant is active for today's finale at Baltimore after being listed as questionable with a thumb injury. He's still a weak IDP option, though, against 1 of the league's toughest teams to sack.

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The Browns will get LB Karlos Dansby back today against the Panthers after he missed the past 4 games with a knee sprain. It 's tough to know whether the Browns will return him to his full role, though, or whether Dansby's knee will hold up. That makes him a risky IDP play, albeit one with upside. His return also makes it tough to use replacement Craig Robertson, who has delivered strong fantasy numbers in Dansby's absence. Cleveland will be without CB Joe Haden, who's inactive with a shoulder injury.

UPDATE: Dansby will reportedly start in his usual MLB spot, with Robertson starting at weak ILB over Chris Kirksey. We'd lean Robertson as the safest IDP option, with Dansby bringing the highest ceiling.

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