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(RGIII photo courtesy of Sporting News)
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released NFL team win total lines for this season. I am going to do a summary of each team’s fantasy prospects, in order from worst to first – based on Westgate’s rankings.
These are called 3-2-1. The three main offensive spots (3), two sentences about the defense/special teams (2) and one sentence about the kickers (1). 3-2-1.
- Cleveland Browns
QUARTERBACK: I am going to go ahead and anoint Robert Griffin III the starter, over Cody Kessler and Josh McCown. The first four weeks are critical to the Browns and RGIII. I think there’s some 2012 still in him – when he passed for 3,200 and 20 TDs (only five interceptions) and ran for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. If anybody can find that gear for him, it’s Hue Jackson.
RGIII is not your number one or even number two QB when it comes to drafting. But, if you have room, you can stash him.
RUNNING BACKS: Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell were the primary ball carriers last year and will be the same in 2016…unless RGIII turns back the clock and rushes for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. Neither of these RBs have RB1 or RB2 ability. Johnson is the better option, especially in the PPR formats, He was targeted 74 times in ’15, caught 61 for 534 yards. Crowell scored five times, Johnson just twice – and they both averaged less than four yards per carry. Johnson will be the better of the two, but neither are impressive.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS: Gary Barnidge emerged as a startable (my word) tight end last year. He caught 79 passes (123 targets) for 1,043 yards and nine TDs. He (along with Duke Johnson) are going to be crucial pieces for RGIII. Barnidge could be a top-5 tight end this season, and I currently have him ranked ahead of Jimmy Graham. Brian Hartline is back (but bad) and rookie Corey Coleman will outperform him. This team would benefit greatly from Josh Gordon getting back on the field.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS: The Browns D/ST were near the bottom of the league in scoring in 2015, but it will be a little better this year. Having a healthy Joe Haden will make a difference, and he said he was going to be ready for Week One.
KICKER: Travis Coons should only be drafted by Browns fans.