Cleveland Browns Fantasy Football News 2018

The Browns have rule LB Christian Kirksey out for Sunday's game in New Orleans. Kirksey's dealing with shoulder and ankle injuries but managed limited practices all week. We'll see about his status heading into Week 3. Cleveland could use James Burgess or Tanner Vallejo in his place. Vallejo is listed as Kirksey's backup, but Burgess has filled in at multiple LB spots for injured starters in the past. Neither will be worth much of a look in IDP leagues. Kirksey's worth holding in redraft leagues of moderate depth.

Browns LB Christian Kirksey put in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday. The team listed him with both shoulder and ankle injuries. That could explain a somewhat limited snap count (73%) against the Steelers in Week 1. We'll see about Kirksey's status when the Friday game reports come out.

Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah missed practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. Ogbah was in a walking boot Monday, following the tie vs. Pittsburgh, and HC Hue Jackson indicated he might be out a while. On Wednesday, however, Jackson told Cleveland.com, "not going to rule him out" for Sunday's game at New Orleans. We'll see how Ogbah progresses. Don't plan to have him in IDP lineups this week, though.

The Browns activated S Jabrill Peppers off the PUP list Monday after he passed his physical, according to Cleveland.com. Peppers missed the 1st 4 days of practice while dealing with a groin injury but should have plenty of time to settle back in as a starter. We'll see if Cleveland's usage of Peppers improves and helps him turn into a fantasy factor in his 2nd season.

Browns S Jabrill Peppers opened training camp on the PUP list because of a groin strain. it doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but Peppers might have to fend off Derrick Kindred for the strong safety spot. Missed time won't help that pursuit. We'll see how long he remains out.

LB Mychal Kendricks vehemently denied early reports of him joining the Browns, but then he signed with them Sunday after all. Yahoo! and ESPN each reported a 1-year deal worth up to $3.5 million. The Yahoo! report said Kendricks would start immediately, but we're not ready to buy that. OLBs Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins each own large salaries and will clearly remain in the lineup. MLB Joe Schobert went to the Pro Bowl in his 1st starting turn and ranked a respectable 32nd (among 87 qualifiers) in Pro Football Focus' off-ball LB grading. The deal does suggest that Kendricks is likely to take on a significant role. We'll see exactly how things shake out. For now, we're knocking Schobert down the LB rankings.

The Browns selected Ohio State CB Denzel Ward 4th in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. It's likely not a terribly impactful move for IDP owners. Cleveland doesn't currently sport a strong cover corner to drive targets at Ward. He's likely to start as a rookie, though. Ward grabbed just 2 career INTs in college but defensed 24 passes over the past 2 years in a defense that doesn't highlight going for picks at corner.

Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Bears. That's good news for Chicago slot WR Kendall Wright. According to Pro Football Focus, Boddy-Calhoun sits tied for 17th among all corners in coverage grade on the season and has allowed just 48% completions.

The Browns defense will be without NT Danny Shelton (chest) and slot CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee) are inactive for today's game against the Packers. That shouldn't impact IDP owners, but it can only help Green Bay RB Jamaal Williams and WR Randall Cobb.

Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah broke his right foot in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars and will miss the rest of the season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Ogbah entered Sunday tied for the team lead with 4 sacks and tied for 2nd among Browns with 5 total QB hits. DE Carl Nassib figures to absorb some snaps and perhaps take over Ogbah's vacated spot.

Browns LT Joe Thomas suffered a torn triceps in Sunday's loss to the Titans and will miss the rest of the season. That's obviously bad news for the entire Cleveland offense, which has already struggled wildly. On the IDP side, it's great news for Vikings DE Everson Griffen, who will play right end in the Browns' 1st game without Thomas since they drafted him back in 2007. After a Week 9 bye, Detroit's Ezekiel Ansah and then Jacksonville's loaded pass rush get turns.

The Browns have ruled OLB Jamie Collins (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Colts. DE Myles Garrett (ankle) is officially doubtful for the game but didn't practice at all this week. Garrett is reportedly nearing a return, however.

Browns OLB Jamie Collins missed practice Wednesday and Thursday while dealing with the effects of a concussion. He doesn't appear likely to play Sunday against the Colts. James Burgess would step in if Collins can't go, according to the team website. MLB Joe Schobert, OLB Christian Kirksey and SS Jabrill Peppers would add tackle upside.

The Browns announced Thursday that DE Myles Garrett suffered a high right ankle sprain in Wednesday's practice. They expect him to miss at least 2 weeks. We'll see beyond that, as high ankle sprains can often linger.

Browns DE Myles Garrett left Wednesday's practice with a right ankle injury. Cleveland.com reports that he's likely headed for an MRI and that the team is concerned he could miss multiple weeks. That would obviously be a big blow to an already questionable defense. We'll see about the official diagnosis.

The Browns announced Saturday that DE Myles Garrett has a lateral sprain in his left foot and is expected to be ready when training camp starts in late July. That's good news compared with potentially more serious injuries, but we'll still need to watch that foot -- along with the chance of any compensatory issues -- as camp gets rolling.

Browns DE Myles Garrett suffered a left foot injury in practice Wednesday that was still being evaluated as of Thursday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The team had held Garrett out of some earlier OTA workouts because of a sore foot. A high left ankle sprain cost him 2 games in his final college season. This is a worrisome situation for the rookie's 2017 IDP potential, though it shouldn't affect his long-term outlook for dynasty leagues.

The Browns plan to play 1st-round pick Jabrill Peppers at SS, while also finding him roles on offense and special teams, according to beat writer Scott Petrak. Peppers grabbed just 1 INT over 3 years at Michigan but displayed impressive versatility. That included spending most of his junior season at LB. Don't be surprised to see Peppers in the box often, which should help his tackle numbers. He'll certainly be worth a look in IDP drafts -- whether you're playing dynasty or redraft.

The Browns spent their 2nd pick of Round 1 on Michigan's Jabrill Peppers. A safety primarily, Peppers lined up at 15 different positions over the 2016 season, according to ESPN. He'll likely play safety almost exclusively in Cleveland. Peppers grabbed just 1 INT over 3 seasons with the Wolverines but also delivered 13 tackles for loss as a LB last year, including 3 sacks. There's IDP upside as long as Peppers' name doesn't boost his fantasy ADP too high.

 
 
 

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