The Browns went wild on Friday night and hauled in an entirely new offense by acquiring Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry. The moves were great acquisitions for Cleveland, but what did they do to the fantasy value of the duo?
Over the past few seasons, the Bills have basically put Tyrod Taylor in a box. Instead of playing to his strengths as a dual threat QB and engineering an offensive scheme to best utilize those skills, they consistently pushed him to a more tradition pocket QB role. What this did show is that Taylor has the ability to work the underneath routes and utilize his running backs which is good news for both Jarvis Landry and Duke Johnson. Landry shouldn’t see a significant impact on his fantasy outlook from a PPR standpoint as he should be able to eclipse the 100 reception plateau with Taylor. He may not see 9 TD’s like he did in 2017, but he should have a chance to get over the 1000 yard mark.
Taylor also has a strong arm and he’s shown in the past he can put it to good use. In 2015 he found Sammy Watkins for a 17.5 YPC average, 9 TD’s and 1000 yards. This bodes well for Josh Gordon’s prospects as well as speedy deep threat tight end, David Njoku.
We’ve never seen Taylor in an offensive with this many weapons and the Browns aren’t done as they are sure to add a workhorse running back to pair with Johnson. Overall, this is good news for the entire Browns offense from a fantasy perspective. I put Taylor squarely in the top 15 for QB’s and Gordon and Landry in the top 20 for WR’s. Duke Johnson has strong PPR value but will be an up and down play in 2018. Njoku checks in as a sleeper at TE with Top 5 upside.