2022 Fantasy Fox: Cleveland Browns

Football is almost here, so our fantasy season will start before you know it. It’s the time when fantasy magazines start popping up in the bodegas, and the NFL Network starts streaming fantasy football content. This is the start of the casual season, as some call it, but for those of us die-hard dynasties, this is just the icing on the cake of casual action. Today we cover the Cleveland Browns. Welcome to the 2022 NFL season!

Last spring, the Browns’ front office made an all-out move and earned quarterback Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans for three first rounds and a handful of late picks. Watson is currently facing suspension over allegations of sexual assault. The news finally broke yesterday over Deshaun Watson’s comment. The NFL and NFLPA agreed that Watson would be suspended for 11 games and a $5 million fine. After all this back and forth, we finally have an answer as to what the season will look like for the Cleveland Browns 2022. Now we can start evaluating what this team might look like for the fantasy football dynasty.

Deshaun Watson

As previously mentioned, Watson’s suspension was terminated in 11 games. It was the player’s union and the front office of the tournament who agreed on this settlement. This legal process is over, and discussion of the fictional production of these browns can begin.

Jacobi Brisset

One thing that is clear is that in the absence of Watson, Jacobi Brissett will be the starter for the 2022 Cleveland Browns. Brissett recently started the Colts in both 2017 and 2019 and five games last season with the Dolphins. At the time, he could have been served as a novice, but not to the level that would raise the level of crime around him. In the seasons in which he’s seen a good chunk of the action, he’s had an adjusted completion percentage of at least 73, according to the PFF. This would have been a top 24 in the league last year, among the starters. His average throw time was around three seconds during this time, another stat that falls within the top 24. Brissett would be an average player in the league and not much else.


A quick browse of the DynastyGM commercial browser yields mixed results for Brissett deals. It might be a cheap piece to get if you need some depth in the middle. We can find examples of him going to different depth cuts, such as Adam Trautman and Jacoby Myers. Novice rookie, he went for 2024 in fourth place.

I suppose it wasn’t for all the off-field problems. Watson is one of the ten best midfielders and a fantastic choice in the league. Although he is facing suspension for eleven games, dynasty managers still highly value Watson, as you can see from the deals we’ve highlighted below:

If you enjoy rooting for players on your dynasty team, you can still move Watson around and retain some value. Examples of him going to another quarterback as well as other assets. These values ​​may change as the longer comment sinks in, so you’ll be better off working soon to get Watson off your list.

The highlight of the 2022 Cleveland Browns roster should be the running back room. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt make up the best duo in starting the running back for any team across the league. If that wasn’t enough, D’Ernest Johnson demonstrated his ability to handle a workhorse-style load when called upon, and Brown brought in rookie Jerome Ford during the 2022 NFL Draft. There are many options for fantasy managers on this Cleveland roster, and we must define the goals and values ​​for our dynasty team.

Nick Chubb

Chubb is one of the best runners in the league. According to PFF data, he led the league in yards after calling on each attempt with 4.24. The closest race came back only with 3.83 yards. Chubb is almost impossible to bring down one-on-one in the open field and will carry multiple defenders whenever possible. He is under contract for the next three seasons and is guaranteed on the roster for the next two seasons. Believe it or not, he’s a Cleveland offensive star and one of the fans’ favorites.

cream hunt

Hunt is currently working around rumors that he is a dealer before the start of the NFL season. As any Browns fan can tell you, this offense works most efficiently when Hunt is on the field. It gives Chubb the option of taking plays or even driving without missing a beat. That’s great for the Cleveland Browns but bad for fantasy football. As long as Hunt is in town, both Chubb and Hunt’s cap will be limited. Hunt is entering a year contract, and the money talk has already started. The Browns currently have about $42 million in cap space this year, but the 2023 salary cap already looks tight, with $15 million expected over the expected cap. Hunt might threaten to hold out, and Cleveland might be in a place where they can’t pay him.

cutting depth

The last two appearances are UDFA Johnson and 2022 rookie Jerome Ford. Johnson proved to be a runner capable of displaying his skills in three games last season, leading 20 Fantasia points in each one. Even Cleveland saw fit to sign an extension this summer, which only fueled rumors of Hunt’s departure. Despite being under contract, he could still move from Brown for a minimal dead-hat in the 2022 season. If a player somewhere around the league gets injured, Johnson could be a player on the move.

The Cleveland Browns picked Ford in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He began his career at the University of Alabama before eventually transferring to the University of Cincinnati after his freshman season. Ford was part of the team that gave the Bearcats his college football debut and was the first of five school groups to achieve the feat. He was an accomplished player in college, and those skills were demonstrated during last week’s pre-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ford managed to find the end zone twice as well as nearly a hundred multi-yard yards in his NFL debut. With Hunt and Johnson being free agents after this year, Ford could be next in the backup role for the 2023 Cleveland Browns.

The wide receivers may be the weakest of the placement groups on the 2022 Cleveland Browns, but that just means there is a strain value to extract. The room has seen a great turnover since this time last year. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are gone; Instead, we have Amari Cooper brought in as a top choice. Others left off last year’s roster include Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz. Jakeem Grant is signed as a comeback specialist and has a limited number of surprise attacks. However, he tore his Achilles tendon during his training camp last week and will miss the 2022 season.

Amary Cooper

The Cooper is the most fantasy-related wide receiver on this list. He’s a third-team member in his career, and in a crazy wide reception market, he’s been moved up to peanuts. Last spring, he was sent from Dallas to Cleveland to make a fifth-round pick and swap for sixth-round picks. This was an insanely discounted price for a broadband receiver considering the great deals and contracts other recipients have gone into throughout the league. Last season, he posted numbers that are very much in line with his career averages. The only motivation behind the move is the lack of space for the Dallas Cowboys. The pain of one team is the joy of another team.

Cooper would go in as Cleveland’s top passing choice. Under Stefanski, this team averages 510 pass attempts per season. That’s a big drop from the Dallas Cowboys offense that Amary Cooper used to work on, so his cap should be much lower. Cooper finished as a top 30 wide receiver in points per game in the PPR leagues, and I expect that trend to continue. However, there may be fewer soaring weeks where Amari ends up as a top 12 pick. It’ll get consistent WR2 production for your fantasy team, and that might be exactly what your roster needs. According to DynastyGM commercial browser, the Cooper can be acquired for as little as 2023 seconds. If you have a rival team, it’s a small price to pay for some consistent wide receiver depth.

A second option?

Donovan Peoples Jones is an exciting third-year player who graduated from the University of Michigan. He was a five-star prospect coming out of high school but got caught in the NFL draft due to a lack of production during his college career. He has demonstrated excellent skills in his young career and is adding an explosive vertical option to this Cleveland offense. Watson excels at deep ball and could have a new favorite in Peoples-Jones. Brisset does not share this trait. He will likely want to keep the ball close to the line of scrimmage. People-Jones can be earned for as little as 2025 3rd and worth a pilot if somehow on your league assignment wire.

The latest draft addition by the Cleveland Browns was David Bell of Purdue. The freshman put in some big numbers in college, putting in more than 1,200 yards in his graduation season alone. Unfortunately, he tested less than perfect at the NFL Combine and fell in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. However, it will be interesting to see what he can do in this Cleveland attack. With Brown anticipating less pass volume than the league average, I don’t expect a junior overall breakout from Bale as we might see with Drake London or Chris Olaf. It’s a name to watch and may have been dropped by breed managers in the season as wire-waiver gems become increasingly attractive.

David Ngoku

Cleveland Browns and coach Kevin Stefansky love their tight ends. The offense had two on the field roughly half the time during the 2021 season. Now that Austin Hopper is in Tennessee, David Njoku has taken over as the number one dog in the position. And brown they pay him as it is! Last May, they signed the five-year-old to a four-year contract extension worth $56.75 million. This keeps Njoku in Cleveland until at least the 2025 season. You must imagine that they are planning to use it after they paid him so much. Hopper’s departure leaves 61 goals left behind that should see Ngoku gobble up over the 53 goals from last season. This would put him in over 100 goals and put him in the top five in the league in his spot.

Harrison Bryant

Another name for the note in this cramped room would be Harrison Bryant. Bryant is a third-year player from Florida Atlantic University. He received the John Mackey Award for Best Narrow End in the Country. Harrison hasn’t been able to break 30 goals in a season yet, but he’s voluntarily doing more work as the tight second end on the field for a staff pack that requires two tight ends. He also carries the positive side of being the first choice if Ngoku falls due to injury. Bryant can be found on waiver wires and should be added in deeper leagues which are limited installments.


Njoku’s price is low. It runs as a TE18 in the fantasy underdog, and its breed price is low. Check out these deals that we can find at DynastyGM. grab Ngoku.

We finally have word on Deshaun Watson’s comment, and we can begin assessing this Cleveland Browns team with Jacoby Brissett as our 11 starter. Regardless, the coaching staff and front office are doing the right things with regards to list building. After several seasons at the bottom of the league, the Cleveland Browns are once again back in play for the playoffs. This list is talented enough to challenge a famous place even with a brisket. Use this uncertainty to buy a dip for some of these players.

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