2020 Browns Stats

 

Total Offense: 5,913 yards (16th)

Offensive Touchdowns: 50 (T-10th)

Offensive Plays Per Game: 63.7 (21st)

Total Points: 408 (14th)

Rush Attempts: 495 (4th)

Pass Attempts: 501 (28th)

Run/Pass Split: Run 47.78% / Pass 52.22%

Unaccounted for Targets: 5

Unaccounted for Carries: 9

 

Projected Win Total

 

The Browns over/under for wins is currently at 10 coming off of a season where they took the Chiefs to the wire in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Browns seem to have turned a corner. Yet, they are still being held back by several issues, first and foremost Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is doing well in Cleveland but the Browns are pulling him along for the ride. Mayfield held the ball longer than any quarterback in the league last year. Decision-making was, and always has been, an issue. With that said, the Browns have a lot of talent. They are trying to get better defensively and they will likely make the playoffs. I’d take the over for Cleveland due to their dominant rushing attack, offensive weapons, and improving defense; but the voice of the Ravens Gerry Sandusky said it best on the Sports with Yosef podcast “Someone’s going to beat the Browns this year. Will it be another opponent or the Cleveland Browns?”

 

Browns Fantasy Strength of Schedule 

 

SOS is measured by calculating the fantasy points allowed by each team’s opponents to determine who has the easiest and most difficult fantasy schedules (rank #1 has the easiest schedule).

 

QB: 8th

RB: 4th

WR: 30th

TE: 19th

 

Browns Fantasy Passing Game

 

QB: Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum

WR: Odell Beckham Jr., Donovan Peoples-Jones, Ja’Marcus Bradley 

WR: Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge, Anthony Schwartz

TE: Austin Hooper, Harrison Bryant, David Njoku

 

The Browns have a lot of potential. They have the potential to spectacularly win and they have the potential to spectacularly lose. Last year the Browns played better without their best wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. They wasted tight end, Austin Hooper. Yet there were stars. Jarvis Landry is primed for another strong season and Harrison Bryant is looking to build off of a promising rookie campaign.  

The Browns have some intriguing flex options. Donovan Peoples-Jones and Rashard Higgins did a nice job filling in for Beckham last year. If there is an injury they could be a great fill-in. 

 

Baker Mayfield is… not worth the risk. Mayfield is paired with a dominant rushing attack and more egos than fit in the Cleveland locker room. Mayfield has to prove he can consistently make smart decisions. Until he does, he has the potential to win your matchup and lose it. 

 

None of the Cleveland tight ends were used well last year. David Njoku, Bryant, and Hooper all have a lot of talent. Because Mayfield likes to hang onto the ball way too long using the tight ends more could give Mayfield more immediate options to throw the ball. Hooper should be the go-to target at tight end. Like the rest of the Cleveland offense, with the exception of Landry, they could be great. They could be terrible. Is anyone (not including Landry) worth the risk?

 

Browns Fantasy Running Game

 

RB: Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, D’Ernest Johnson

2020 Offensive Line Rank: 6th

 

The Browns had the third-best rushing attack last year. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt complement each other. Both catch passes out of the backfields, and most importantly both scored double-digit touchdowns last year. Kevin Stefanski does a good job using both of his backs. Chubb is the more dominant runner. Hunt is the better pass catcher. Both are worth starting as your top back. They will both put up great numbers, and even with splitting targets and carries they are poised for a productive 2021 season.