As we race toward August, Footballguys.com will look at one team per day with our extremely in-depth Team Reports and our quick-hitting Team Mood and Players We're In and Out On, where we check out the overall mood of each team's offense and let you know the players we are in on (because they are great values at the cost it takes to acquire them) and who we're out on (because they are too expensive and won't have a good return on that investment).
Here are all of the Team Mood and Players We're In and Out On articles:
Arizona | Atlanta | Baltimore | Buffalo | Carolina | Chicago | Cincinnati | Cleveland | Dallas | Denver | Detroit | Green Bay | Houston | Indianapolis | Jacksonville | Kansas City | Las Vegas | LA Chargers | LA Rams | Miami | Minnesota | New England | New Orleans | NY Giants | NY Jets | Philadelphia | Pittsburgh | San Francisco | Seattle | Tampa Bay | Tennessee | Washington
Want a brief overview? Here it is:
- Mood - Neutral
- We're In On at Cost - WR Amari Cooper
- We're Out On at Cost - No One
Want a longer breakdown of how it's going in Cleveland? Read on.
Cleveland, Team Mood
- Good - 4
- Neutral - 8
- Bad - 0
Staffers in a Good Mood
- Jason Wood: Deshaun Watson is one of the best quarterbacks in the modern era. Only Aaron Rodgers has a better passer rating in NFL history.
- Sam Wagman: Getting Deshaun Watson after six games this season is a big boost. He’s still one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
- Chad Parsons: Deshaun Watson out less than half of the season is a win for this offense with explosive upside.
- Devin Knotts: This offense is cheaper than it should be due to uncertainty around Deshaun Watson.
Staffers in a Neutral Mood
- Andy Hicks: This team is treading water without Deshaun Watson for six weeks. He may need time to get back to his best when he returns. Caution is advised.
- Kevin Coleman: With Watson being suspended for six games, this could be a top-10 offense down the stretch of the season and in the fantasy playoffs.
- Christian Williams: Deshaun Watson's return in Week 7 will help, but the receiving options after Amari Cooper don't inspire much confidence.
- Ben Cummins: I’m a big believer in Kevin Stefanski as a coach and offensive mind, and he'll now coach Deshaun Watson after his six-game suspension.
- Jeff Bell: The impending suspension of Deshaun Watson creates the biggest swing in any offense.
- Ryan Weisse: After six games of Jacoby Brissett, the team will get Deshaun Watson. Watson will boost every player on this team, but he will need to knock some rust off.
- Will Grant: Deshaun Watson will only miss six games, and Jacoby Brissett will just need to keep the team competitive. The Browns could be dangerous by the middle of the season.
- Nick Whalen: The Browns are a good overall team that upgraded at quarterback but will not have Watson for the initial six games of the season.
Staffers in a Bad Mood
Players We're In On at Cost
Reasons to be In on Amari Cooper
- Jason Wood: Cooper will get a massive target share and should be catching passes from Watson in the second half of the season, including your fantasy playoffs.
- Kevin Coleman: Cooper is the clear WR1 on this roster, and regardless of who is the starting quarterback, he’ll see the most targets on the team. He should be locked into a top-24 finish.
- Devin Knotts: Cooper is a guy who could have a big second-half of the season with Watson historically elevating the number one wide receiver.
- Jeff Bell: The clear top target is driven down by uncertainty.
- Ryan Weisse: I tend to draft running backs early in fantasy drafts, so landing Cooper, the Browns' top receiver, in the 5th makes perfect sense.
- Chad Parsons: The clear WR1 without much of a challenge for targets, plus paired with Deshaun Watson for most of the season.
- Nick Whalen: Amari Cooper is better than Will Fuller, who was a starting fantasy receiver when healthy and playing with Deshaun Watson in 2020.
Reasons to be In on David Njoku
- Sam Wagman: Njoku is on the verge of finally breaking out. He has a brand new contract to motivate him and one of the best in the league set to throw to him.
- Christian Williams: The Browns cleared the way for a significant target share for the first time in a few years.
Reasons to be In on Nick Chubb
- Andy Hicks: His numbers are elite for running backs in NFL history. Yet to fully translate to fantasy success, but it’s coming.
- Will Grant: He'll get a ton of work through the first six weeks and have solid performance after that. He has top-ten potential.
Reasons to be In on David Bell
- Ben Cummins: I’m hammering David Bell in best ball. His price has sunk to the last rounds on both Underdog and DraftKings. This is insane. Bell is Stefanski’s new Jarvis Landry.
Players We're Out On at Cost
Reasons to be Out on No One
- Sam Wagman: I think everyone on this team is accurately priced. With Watson receiving a lesser suspension, every player on this offense becomes valuable.
- Kevin Coleman: Everyone on this roster is appropriately valued based on their ADP.
- Ryan Weisse: Everyone is priced right. In the second round, Chubb is pushing it with his receiving limitations, but he could easily lead the league in rushing yards.
- Clayton Gray: Everyone is priced as if Deshaun Watson won't play in 2022. Once he gets on the field, most Browns skill players will look like bargains.
- Will Grant: Watson is only going to miss six games. If this team gels in the second half, all the key offensive positions will be value picks.
- Nick Whalen: I like all the prices of Browns skill players with Watson playing for 11 games this year.
Reasons to be Out on Amari Cooper
- Christian Williams: A low-volume passing attack combined with a good chunk of the year without good quarterback play caps his upside.
- Ben Cummins: Cooper is too expensive for a receiver who will play with Jacoby Brissett for the first month-and-a-half of the season.
Reasons to be Out on Kareem Hunt
- Jason Wood: With the quarterback change, I expect less of a role for the No. 2 tailback making Hunt more of a high-value injury sub for Chubb than a standalone stud.
- Chad Parsons: Hunt needs an injury for upside yet is priced highly within the dependent-running-back bucket.
Reasons to be Out on David Njoku
- Andy Hicks: A surprise contract extension belies fantasy production. Around the 7-149-1 effort were 10-98-0 totals over the six games on either side.
- Devin Knotts: Njoku is getting love due to his contract, but don't expect a significant uptick in targets from 2021
Reasons to be Out on David Bell
- Jeff Bell: A trendy deep name who faces a steep path to starting rosters.