Season in Review – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Sean Tyler (@seantyleruk)

Time to take a look at Mr 30/30 himself and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Arguably one of the most exciting teams to watch (not always for the right reasons) in 2019 but what did Bruce Arians achieve this season and what has he got to do to try and obtain a winning record in 2020? More importantly, does it involve Jameis Winston?


ENTERING THE SEASON


Hoping to improve on 5-11 from the previous year, Tampa Bay spent the spring re-signing, extending and acquiring a whole host of players. These included offensive tackles Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson, and leading rusher Peyton Barber. WR Breshad Perriman was a decent pick-up in free agency, but linebacker Shaquil Barrett was arguably the best signing (by any team) in 2019.

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A couple of months later, former LA Rams defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh also joined the fray, and in the NFL Draft, the Bucs stayed D-heavy. Other than kicker Matt Gay and receiver Scotty Miller, every other pick was a defender. Headed by another linebacker (LSU’s Devin White) at No.5 overall, followed by corners Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean, NFL.com recently gave the rookie class an A+ grade.

Not surprisingly, the Bucs’ pre-season games were close, low-scoring affairs, with a two-point loss at Pittsburgh preceding wins over Miami (16-14), Cleveland (13-12) and Dallas (17-15). 


DURING THE SEASON


To the uninitiated, their eventual 7-9 record might appear to have been an unremarkable campaign for the Bucs. But in many ways, it was anything but; in fact, the record-book writers were kept pretty busy.

Providing a snapshot of what was to come, Jameis Winston featured heavily in the highlight reel of the opening day 31-17 loss to San Francisco, for all the wrong reasons (three interceptions, including two pick-sixes). The Bucs’ win at Carolina in Week 2 featured some solid last-ditch defending to keep Christian McCaffrey out of the end zone but then they blew an 18-point lead against the New York Giants, with rookie kicker Matt Gay missing what would have been a winning FG as the clock hit zero.

In Week 4, Suh, a former LA Ram, iced the 55-40 victory over the reigning NFC champions with a 37-yard fumble return. The win took the Bucs over the 50-point mark for the first time.

Bucs Report

Despite their early promise, the Buccaneers hit a wall and limped to 2-6 with a run of four defeats. In a lacklustre 31-24 loss to New Orleans, Teddy Bridgewater threw four TD passes, while the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson went one better a couple of weeks later. Worryingly, Tampa shipped almost 1,000 total yards in those two games alone.

In between, Tampa lost 37-26 in their Panthers rematch, with Winston (five interceptions – there’s a theme here, people) fumbling twice and getting sacked seven times in the second NFL game at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. After the bye week, our erstwhile quarterback hero (four turnovers) carried on where he left off in a 27-23 loss to the Titans.

Somehow, things picked up with a run of five wins in six, starting with Arians getting the better of his former team the Arizona Cardinals. After another loss to the Saints (Winston: four interceptions), the Bucs hit their stride, tormenting Matt Ryan, Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew in wins over Atlanta and Jacksonville. And in defeating the Colts 38-35, Winston (three turnovers) nabbed five total touchdowns and threw for 456 yards, surpassing his own single-season total with three games to spare. The win lifted the Bucs to 6-7, but it wasn’t enough to avoid elimination from postseason contention.

In setting yet another NFL benchmark – two consecutive games of 450+ yards passing – Winston threw for four TDs in a dominant 38-17 win over the Detroit Lions. Third-choice wideout Breshad Perriman – suddenly the target man after Chris Godwin and Mike Evans sustained hamstring injuries – set career bests down the stretch with 134 yards receiving (week 17 vs Atlanta) and three TDs (week 15 vs Lions), and finished the season with three 100-yard games.

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Disappointingly, having battled to back to 7-7 and the chance for a winning season, Tampa lost their last two against the playoff-bound Houston Texans and NFC South rivals the Atlanta Falcons, in which Devin White returned a fumble 91 yards to the house.

Looking back, the season was awash with new franchise records: most touchdowns (54), most points (458), fewest rushing yards allowed (1,181) and, to put the icing on the cake, Shaq Barrett smashed his one-year ‘prove-it’ deal out of the park with 19.5 sacks. The Bucs also led the NFL in run defence, allowing only one player (Seattle’s Chris Carson) – and only three entire teams – 100 yards rushing.

Even Jameis Winston himself set new highs: 5,109 passing yards, 33 touchdown passes, 626 passing attempts and 389 completions. But on the flip side, he also led the NFL with 30 interceptions. Amazingly, that wasn’t a franchise record (thanks to Vinny Testaverde back in the Eighties).

Reaching 7-9 in 2019 – with Head Coach Bruce Arians at the helm for the first time since being hauled out of retirement – the Buccaneers weren’t a million miles from the playoffs. That said, their eventual failure extended the NFL’s second-longest postseason drought to 12 years.


OFFSEASON OUTLOOK


At this time of year, which Bruce Arians has referred to as “monotonous”, there are no gaping holes to fill but Tampa Bay do have 19 unrestricted free agents, which muddies the waters somewhat. Even keeping the half-dozen regular starters like Suh, Dotson and Perriman will put a sizeable dent in their $92 million of available cap space (the third most in the NFL). While they’ll want to keep the bulk of their young defence in tact, the priorities remain two-fold: Shaq Barrett and Jameis Winston.

Back in December, Arians said that Barrett “ain’t going anywhere”. Alas, the Pro Bowl linebacker only signed for a year so if he’s staying, he’s gonna get paid. And if he’s not staying, he’s still gonna get paid. They could franchise tag him but if not, a DT like Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina) or Iowa’s edge rusher AJ Epenesa could be Round 1 draft targets.

As for quarterback, heaven only knows what they’ll do. At 67, Arians can’t wait forever for Winston to eradicate the errors. After their final game, he summed up the dilemma perfectly: “There’s so much good, and so much outright terrible.”

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So do the highs outweigh the lows enough to pay Winston the $25m he could expect? It’s hard to tell.

They could move him on and get a bridge quarterback (a la Dalton or Bridgewater). They might keep him – possibly on a franchise tag – but still sign a new young thing to wait in the wings in case he goes turnover-crazy again. (And since his 30 TD/30 INT season ended, he’s had eye surgery so maybe we can expect something nearer 20/20 next year?) Or they could just let him compete against some of the game’s best QBs in a crowded free agent market, and sign a newbie. Whatever the case, Arians likes ‘em big and strong, so Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts or Jacob Eason from Washington could well be in the frame when they’re on the clock at the NFL Draft with pick #14.

So in summary, Buccaneers fans should be looking ahead to the coming year with a degree of optimism… as long as they can tie down a few of their best performers (#ShackleShaq) and solve The Great Winston Conundrum.

Oh, and there are some snazzy new uniforms in the pipeline…

There is just no Luck in Indianapolis… What next for the Colts?

By Rob Grimwood (@FFBritBaller)
The baby’s cry woke me up early on Sunday morning. The wife and I had only been home from an Ed Sheeran concert a few hours, but nonetheless, the kid was hungry. With a heavy sigh, I reluctantly rolled out of my bed whilst fumbling around to check the time and get my bearings in my somewhat groggy morning state of mind.

It was at that moment when I had to double take when looking at my notifications on my mobile phone. I had received a text message from one of my best friends in Canada which read “Oh man, Andrew Luch has retired”. Not only did I need to double take because of the spelling mistake, but I couldn’t fathom this to be true with my early morning baby-brain.

For a brief moment I was clutching at straws. Please tell me there is an NHL player called Andrew Luch who I hadn’t heard of… or even another sportsman from another sport I am not familiar with like NASCAR, or Water Polo, and my friend was merely making random conversation!

No, sure enough, it was the news that our franchise QB had indeed retired. Our leader, our Captain. Stunned into disbelief, I furiously scanned every media outlet possible with my phone clasped to my perspiring right hand. The left was busy attempting to deliver the milk bottle to my confused, impatient son. Milk was going everywhere except the kids’ mouth, but my mind was elsewhere.

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I balanced the milk bottle perfectly between forearm and the kid’s ravenous gullet as I watched the main man himself being booed off centre stage at Lucas Oil stadium. I immediately felt for all of the fans inside that building knowing that a public backlash was inevitable. But they, the non-Colts folk won’t understand. It wasn’t the player they were booing; it was the result of being strung along on this injury-plagued rollercoaster that started in 2017.

It’s frustrating not being told exactly what is wrong. Not knowing whether to feel jubilant for the upcoming season or whether to grit our teeth and hope the backups can take the next step and ride it out until we get our man back.

Lack of communication and information haunting us like 2017’s ghost is why the fans booed. The quick-fire delivery of this earth-shattering news is why the fans got upset. It wasn’t about Luck. They could have let us down more gently. They could have told us the situation was bad, season ending, heck, even career threatening. But not like this, just please, not like this.

With 24-hours passing and the disgruntled look etched upon my unenthused wife’s face who was sick of Sundays most used phrase “I can’t believe Luck has retired”, I decided to stop dwelling on the recent past and started to think about how the Colts can look to rectify the hole that it now finds itself in. Where do we go from here?

Internal Scouting

With Andrew Luck no longer atop the depth chart in Indianapolis, it is highly likely the Colts will ride the season out with one of the backups that have currently been steering the ship throughout the preseason.

Jacoby Brissett

Brissett will be the favourite amongst bookmakers and fans alike to be the man under centre come week 1. He’s had the role before when traded from the New England Patriots in 2017, the year Luck missed the entirety with the shoulder injury.

He played in all 16 games that season and was the starter from week 2 onward. It was an admirable season-long performance from the then 24-year-old out of North Carolina State (3,098 passing yards/13TDs) but was a long way off the dizzy heights that the Colts’ fans new Luck could provide.

After guiding Indy to a 4-12 record that season, you’d expect this to be a floor if he were to be the QB for the upcoming season due to the improvements the Colts have made since 2017. A better O-line and more explosive pass catchers would likely see Brissett have a better opportunity to win more games. Despite this though, it will still be a tall order to assume Jacoby, or anyone for that matter, would be able guide Indianapolis to a playoff berth.

Chad Kelly

Kelly was the last draft pick of the 2017 NFL Draft (253rd) when picked by the Denver Broncos. His NFL career got off to a pretty good start once he returned from a wrist injury as he seemingly edged out Paxton Lynch to be Case Keenum’s backup heading into the 2018 season.

However, the character problems off the field that had teams skirting around him in the draft rang true when he was convicted of criminal trespassing relating to an incident after a Halloween party hosted by teammate Von Miller.

He was subsequently released by the Broncos and his NFL career was in jeopardy. Fortunately for Kelly, Colts’ GM Chris Ballard happens to be a friend of his uncle Jim Kelly and Chad was offered a second chance during the 2019 off-season.

He’s seemingly taken the chance given to him too as so far he has impressed coaches and fans with a good showing throughout training camp with a 72% pass rate so far this preseason. This was on the back of 13 completions for 121 yards in preseason week 1 including 53 rushing yards and an impressive rushing touchdown. He also performed exceptionally in the wake of the Luck news on Saturday evening against the Bears, throwing for 209 yards and a touchdown of 16 completions, along with 34 rush yards.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/David Dermer

It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that ‘Swag’ Kelly could end up being the starter for the Colts should the early season work not go Jacoby Brissett’s way. If he continues to take his chances should this scenario arise, Kelly could be in consideration to be Luck’s permanent replacement.

Phillip Walker

Originally signed on May 4th 2017, Phillip Walker has been added, removed, signed from, and cut from the Colts’ practice squad more times than I’ve changed my socks.

But again this offseason, Walker has had a chance to prove his worth to the team as the now current 3rd string QB.

Unfortunately though, unlike teammate Chad Kelly, Walker has only converted 24 of 48 passing attempts (50%) for a grand total of 259 passing yards (10.79 yards per attempt) and 0 touchdowns.

It’s fairly likely that Walker will remain as the 3rd string QB until further notice, but more likely until a new QB is acquired and therefore will probably find himself as a cut casualty in that case.

2020/21 Draft Class

If you don’t already know, the 2020 draft class is packed with elite-level potential quarterbacks. This ties in with Colts’ owner Jim Irsay’s method of operation nicely as since taking over the team in 1997, he has drafted 2 of the most important players in Indianapolis’ NFL history – franchise quarterbacks Peyton Manning (1998) and his eventual replacement Andrew Luck (2012).

On both instances though, the Colts have had the luxury of having that all important 1st overall pick in those respective drafts. Although now not out of the question for 2020, it’s unlikely the Colts will be picking within in the first 5 picks unless a trade is agreed.

Tua Tagovailoa

It is highly likely Tua will be drafted within the top 3 on the next draft night in Las Vegas. In fact, many analysts believe the Miami Dolphins have already decided to tank in 2019 in order to grab Tua with the 1st overall pick.

The Alabama quarterback has a quality arm which is more than capable to make any throw in the NFL. He’s a great athlete too which has become a very sought after trait in the NFL over the last few years.

His athleticism allows him to escape collapsing pockets and he has the ability to throw it deep and challenge defences. He doesn’t panic when the first read isn’t there and is generally an accurate passer.

In the right team, Tua could make it into the group of elite QB’s within the NFL and Indy would certainly be a team where that could be achievable. But this would require some draft pick trading in order to see that happen.

Justin Herbert

Herbert is another top prospect expected to go early in round 1. I can imagine a lot of the talk surrounding next years’ draft will be “Justin or Tua” based for the 1st overall pick.

So again, Indy would have to probably move up the board in order to grab Herbert if he is the QB that grades out to be the best fit. He has good size and a good arm. One of his best traits is the ability to throw the ball in exactly the right places for receivers to capitalise and gain extra Yards After Catch.

At 6 ft 6, Herbert uses his height to his advantage in the pocket where he remains calm and let’s routes develop before pulling the trigger, but his height doesn’t affect his rushing ability as he is more than capable of picking up yards on the ground.

Like Tua, Herbert would fit very nicely into the Colts offense but would likely need to work on his vision and focus in order to get the most out of the receiving options.

Jake Fromm

For me, Jake Fromm is the most NFL ready QB in this class. Bold statement, I know, but it’s his presence and leadership skill on the field which I like the most. That is the kind of mould that Indy possesses too. They like to take the leaders, the field generals if you will.

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Fromm is arguably the most accurate out of these projected top prospects in 2020. He avoids danger when throwing which will sit well with the coaches in Indy and also knows how to protect the ball and generally makes good decisions. Being an elite NFL passer isn’t solely down to arm strength. It’s what’s in between the ears that count, and Fromm certainly ticks that box.

If Tua and Herbert go 1 & 2 respectively, there will likely be a trade up for Fromm so I predict he will be a top 5 pick next year. This is where I can see Indianapolis putting their chips on the table and moving up if necessary.

Trevor Lawrence

I believe #TankForTrevor is already trending on twitter. Clemson’s signal caller is currently being described as a generational talent thus putting him in the Troy Aikman, Andrew Luck, Peyton and Eli Manning group of elite QB’s that are NFL ready coming out of college as the first overall pick.

But, Trevor Lawrence isn’t eligible for the 2019 draft pick. So unless, Jacoby or A.N Other can provide high enough performances in Indy over the next two years, it’s unlikely Jim Irsay, Chris Ballard an co will wait this long before grabbing their next franchise QB.

Who knows though, there could be a masterplan in place where this is possible. One thing is for sure; Lawrence will be worth the wait if the 2018 College season has anything to go by and would definitely fit in well at Lucas Oil.

Trade Ins

It’s unlikely that the Colts would trade for a starting QB as it’s not really how Irsay operates. But as we see year to year in this league, anything is possible and anything can happen.

Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay has put a lot of trust in to Winston for this upcoming year; They proved this by not re-signing 2018’s saviour at Raymond James Stadium, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jameis, however, is on a short leash. A fantastic talent who can make any throw and be a locker room leader, but it’s the mistakes that has impeded his journey to the top.

Should Winston and the Bucs start the season 0-3/0-4, the pressure might be on to cash in on any value and move away from Winston, especially with the talent available next April and the fact he is also currently unsigned passed 2019.

At just 25, there is still plenty of time to develop Jameis, and a change of scenery might well be the answer if Bruce Arians is unable to repeat the success he had with Carson Palmer in Arizona.

Dak Prescott

Like Winston, it’s unlikely that Dallas will want to move their starting QB, especially with the way Dak has progressed since being drafted there in the 4th round of the 2016 draft.

However, like Jameis, with his rookie contract expiring at the end of the season and no discussions being reported, if the right offer is on the table, could Jerry Jones be tempted to cash in? Like I said, unlikely, but don’t forget the Jones’ are business men first.

Why so low? Fantasy players that are undervalued

by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

It’s baffling to me. All it takes is one negative narrative or one anomalous season for certain players to be completely disregarded by the fantasy community. Sometimes it’s right to do so, I mean we all remember Trent Richardson and more recently Corey Davis not living up to expectations for fantasy owners.

But, in some cases, I don’t see what all the negativity about, and there are a few players this year who’s ADP is lower than what I believe it should be which begs the question, why are you guys so low?

Jordan Howard – Running Back, Philadelphia EaglesADP: RB35 non-PPR

RB35! That’s a late 7th round pick in 12 man standard scoring leagues. What has Jordan Howard done to deserve an RB3/borderline RB4 tag? Ok, I understand on a week to week basis last year he wasn’t anything special and we didn’t see any magical 60-yard breakaway runs, I know, I owned him in multiple leagues.

Yeah, it stung a little, especially having been on the Howard hype train during the off season this time last year. But statistically, he still delivered. He finished the season with 935 rush yards with 9 rushing TD’s. That was good enough to see him finish up the 2018 season as the RB20 in all league formats, averaging 10.6 fantasy points per game.

His yards per carry went down to 3.7ypc from 4.1 in 2017 and 5.2 in 2016, and Tarik Cohen’s breakout continuation certainly earned him more reps as he consistently flashed brighter than Howard throughout the bulk of the campaign.

But I don’t see how those stats warrant the current price tag. He’s an absolute steal down in the 7th round where he’s going around players such as Kareem Hunt (banned for 8 games), Latavius Murray (a backup RB in New Orleans), and Ronald Jones (2018’s RB stink leader).

Now, I could understand this whole travesty slightly more if he had been traded to a mid-level, mediocre team in the off-season – but he moved to the Eagles! That’s certainly not a downgrade from Chicago, some might argue its a lateral move, but if anything, i think the situation on offense in Philadelphia is better.

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He now gets to run behind a better o-line, with a better QB, in a Superbowl calibre squad. The only danger comes in the way of College Football’s one-season wonder, Miles Sanders. Yeah, that’s what he is folks, sorry to break it to you.

Sanders has struggled so far this season with a lingering hamstring injury which kept him out of the pivotal OTA’s and minicamp portion of the off-season. He might be back reporting for training camp duties soon, but i’d be surprised if he’s 100% healthy when week 1 rolls around.

The worst case scenario for Howard this season is that he finds himself in a committee situation. Even still, behind that o-line, in a team that should be in the Superbowl hunt come January, he’s still going to be fantasy relevant with his 935 yard, 6 touchdown floor. He’s still an RB2 in fantasy.

Alshon Jeffrey – Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles ADP: WR28 PPR

Without trying to sound like a Eagles band-wagoner, here we have another prime example of an elite level player being over-looked. Again i’ll say it – the Philly offense is good, real good, as in top 5 good.

Carson Wentz was a shadow of his former self last year after his nasty ACL tear in 2017, tied in with a fractured back which saw him miss the end of last season. Now he’s back to full health and by all reports is looking sharp at training camp.

DeSean Jackson also re-joined his old team this off-season and brings in a dynamic to the offense that hasn’t been there since, well, DeSean Jackson. Defenses won’t be able to ignore Jackson across the field from Alshon, which means less coverage for the 6ft 3 beast to deal with meaning he can capitalize on winning single coverage contested jump balls, something Jeffrey specialises in.

With a career average of 14.5 yards per reception and a solid 800 receiving yard floor, Jeffrey could be in for his best season as an Eagle to date. Only once when having played 13 or more games (4 out of 7 seasons) has he finished outside of the top 20 in PPR scoring for wide receivers. That was last season (26th) with Wentz at half-throttle and career backup Nick Foles slinging the rock.

Alshon is a great target in the mid-sixth round and will definitely return his WR3 ADP value, draft him with confidence.

Jameis Winston – Quarterback, Tampa Bay BuccaneersADP: QB13

Stop rolling your eyes, Jameis is a thing. Sure, he’s had his flaws.. and yes, they’ve been pretty big flaws when throwing interceptions and fumbling the ball are the main two problems. I’m over it though. Why? Bruce Arians is why.

Arians is the best coach that Winston has ever worked with and I am confident that BA wouldn’t have come out for retirement if he didn’t see the potential the Tampa Bay offense has with Jameis at the helm.

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Last season between Ryan Fitzmagic and Winston, the Bucs finished the regular season with 5,125 passing yards, 2nd most in the league. With Fitzpatrick leaving for Miami, all of those yards now fall to Jameis.

Do I think Winston is a 5,000+ yards passer, no. Especially with the loss of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries this off-season which accounted for over 1,500 of those yards. But, with Chris Godwin expected to take a step up, Cameron Brate back from injury and dare I say Breshad Perriman finally making good on his talent – I can see Jameis throwing for 4,300 yards and 30 TD’s this year.

In one of the toughest divisions in football and a tough schedule, the Bucs are likely going to see themselves behind in the majority of games, something which almost always relies on the passing game to bring a team back.

If Winston can continue to improve on his mistake making, with the fact he’s an under-rated runner (25.5 rush yards per game in 2018), he could be a reliable quarterback for fantasy owners and has the potential to be in the top 10 come the end of the season.

Devonta Freeman – Running Back, Atlanta FalconsADP: RB18 PPR

Stop with the “Devonta Freeman is made of glass” narrative, please. I’m asking nicely. Yes, three grade 1 concussions aren’t great to have on your injury resume, but a grade 1 concussion is anything from a headache after a collision to slight dizziness. These concussions are not Jordan Reed levels of career threatening problems, so stop overreacting.

Also, the knee sprains he suffered in the 2017 playoffs have not returned. Last seasons’ knee injury was ‘a bruise’. The foot injury was also a bruise. You want to know why Freeman missed all of last season? It was a sports hernia which is a one-off injury and needed surgery.

This narrative that surrounds Freeman is blown way out of proportion if you ask me. He’s back now to full health and is a full participant in training camp with one major plus point, no Tevin Coleman to compete with.

The backfield is all Freemans’. “But Ito Smith is there don’t forget”… Really? Smith’s 3.5 yard per carry average last year proved what a lack-luster running back he was and now Freeman is back, Smith be the backup, and only that.

Let’s erase Freeman’s 2018 1 1/2 game season and let’s go back to his full rookie contract (where, by the way, he played in 61 out of 64 games… yet he’s injury prone? Welp). Freeman had two seasons with over 1,000 rushing yards and 450 receiving yards with 27 touchdowns in those seasons and 37 total touchdowns in his rookie contract.

He finished as the RB1, RB6 and RB13 (PPR scoring) during those years too, with his rookie season spent as a backup to Steven Jackson.

So why is Devonta Freeman now being valued as mid RB2 option when he’s never finished lower than 13th when considered the starter? We know he’s on one of the best offenses in the league, with an improved o-line and a backfield all to himself. Pick him up in the 3rd round and be excited to have an elite RB fall that late.

Jarvis Landry – Wide Receiver, Cleveland BrownsADP: WR24 PPR

One of the most polarizing receivers in the game. Us Brits would call him ‘Marmite’. You either love him, or you hate him. Judging by his ADP, people are well and truly on the fence.

On the one hand, the off-season monster acquisition of Landry’s former College teammate and best pal Odell Beckham from the sinking Giants along with the emergence of tight end David Njoku last season, it would at first appear that Cleveland now has a lot of mouths to feed.

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Maybe so, but I am looking at it from a more positive angle.

Let’s start with the talent. No one can argue Landry doesnt possess elite talent. He has some of the most impressive hands in the business, that’s a well known fact. Yet there is a narrative out there that despite his elite hands, he’s not that good of a receiver.

I’m not buying that. Last season he underwhelmed, i’ll give you that. But that’s what happens when you are the only real threat from the position and you find a lot of double coverage and defenses not allowing you time to stretch the field. A player with Landry’s skill-set needs a distraction.

Enter OBJ. Behind the net-kicking, cry-baby and attitude, there’s a potential hall of fame receiver. He’s a superstar that has any defense worried. OBJ will draw the top coverage which in turn will allow Landry the time and space he needs to be the leagues best possession receiver.

A target monster for the majority of his career to date – if you’re in a PPR league, players like Landry really jump of the page statistically.

YearTmGTgtRecYdsY/RTD
2014MIA161128475895
2015*MIA16166110115710.54
2016*MIA1613194113612.14
2017*MIA161611129878.89
2018*CLE1614981976124

Not only has Landry never missed a game, he’s never seen less than 112 targets come his way, 131 if you take away his rookie year. Around the 1,000 yard mark over the last 4 seasons and this year he has year two of last years’ rookie sensation Baker Mayfield.

NFL teams can produce two top wide receivers for fantasy too, so don’t worry about OBJ solely stealing the limelight. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb did it in 2014 (WR2 and WR6 in non-PPR scoring), and more recently Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have entered the fray together (both top 20 WRs in 2017 and 2018).

Two elite wide receivers with a young, accurate superstar throwing them the ball – it’s a whole load of fantasy delight being whipped up from the Browns for 2019, and a hell of a lot of ‘blessing’ is going to happen this season in Cleveland.

all ADPs taken from fantasyfootballcalculator.com