Fanelli’s Fantasy Files: Cleveland Browns Bold Fantasy Predictions

Fanelli’s Fantasy Files: Cleveland Browns Bold Fantasy Predictions

by June 16, 2021 0 comments

While the 2021 NFL season is still months away, it is never too early to prepare for the fantasy season. Whether it’s research, mock drafts, or going with your gut, everyone has a way to prepare for their fantasy drafts. However, this isn’t another article to help you prepare for the fantasy season. Today, I am going to give three bold fantasy predictions for the Cleveland Browns in 2021.

All stats are base on PPR scoring.

Be sure to check out all of Fanelli’s Fantasy Predictions.

Baker Mayfield Finishes Outside the Top-20 Quarterbacks

Last season, Mayfield finished the year as the QB25 on a point per game basis, averaging 15.5 per game. Furthermore, Mayfield has averaged under 17.5 fantasy points per game every year of his career as the Browns are a run-first team. Last season, Mayfield finished 17th in the NFL with 486 pass attempts. However, he had only 82 more attempts than Joe Burrow despite playing in 6.5 more games. Furthermore, Mayfield has never thrown for 3,900 yards in a season. Mayfield also has limited rushing value, averaging 1.5 fantasy points per game on the ground for his career. While Mayfield is a good quarterback for the Browns, he should only get selected in two quarterback drafts.

Odell Beckham Jr. Scores Eight Touchdowns for the First Time Since 2016

Since landing with the Browns, Beckham has been a fantasy disappointment, averaging 12.5 points per game. Furthermore, Beckham has seven career receiving touchdowns in 23 games with the Browns and hasn’t scored more than six receiving touchdowns since 2016. However, since joining the Browns, Beckham has a 24 percent target share, averaging 7.7 targets per game. Before getting hurt last season, Beckham had a 13 percent touchdown rate and was on pace for seven touchdowns over 16 games. With no guaranteed money left on his deal starting in 2022, Beckham is in a contract year. Coming off an injury, expect Beckham to be motivated to have his best season since joining the Browns.

Jarvis Landry Finishes Outside the Top-60 Wide Receivers

Despite playing most of the season as the Browns’ No. 1 wide receiver, Landry finished the year as the WR33, averaging only 12.5 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, it was Landry’s lowest-scoring fantasy season since his rookie year. Yet, according to Fantasy Football Calculator, Landry’s average draft position is the WR38. For some crazy reason, his ADP is higher than receivers like Ja’Marr Chase and Curtis Samuel. Even with Beckham sidelined for nine games last season, Landry had near or career-lows across the board in catches (72), targets (101), receiving yards (840), and receiving touchdowns (three). Landry’s ceiling is extremely limited with Beckham returning. Furthermore, in most drafts, you can argue he shouldn’t be selected at all.

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Mike Fanelli is the Editor in Chief and fantasy football expert for Prime Time Sports Talk since 2018. He is a featured writer for FantasyPros. Follow him on Twitter @Mike_NFL2 and reach out anytime with any fantasy football questions.

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