Cleveland Browns 2021 Fantasy Soccer Rookie Abstract ⋆ Soccer Absurdity

The Cleveland Browns had a surprising campaign for 2020. They made the playoffs and won a game! AND The game they won was against their rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers. They did so without the starwide recipient Odell Beckham, Jr. in tow. Instead, they relied on their running game, Jarvis Landry, and a bevy of tight ends. After Beckham returned from injury this season, the Cleveland Browns didn’t really have to do much in the 2021 NFL Draft to tackle positions relevant to fantasy football. They took a third round receiver and a Swiss Army knife with them to the existing weapons in Cleveland Brown’s quarterback Baker Mayfield’s armory.

What can we expect from Anthony Schwartz and Demetric Felton in their rookie campaigns for the Cleveland Browns and what does that mean for the 2021 fantasy football leagues?

FULL CLEVELAND BROWNS DESIGN RESULTS
Rd Choose player Item University
1 26th Greg Newsome II CB Northwest
2 52 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB Our lady
3 91 Anthony Schwartz WR Auburn
4th 110 James Hudson OT Cincinnati
4th 132 Tommy Togiai DT Ohio State
5 153 Tony Fields II LB West Virginia
5 169 Richard LeCounte S. Georgia
6th 211 Demetric Felton WR UCLA
Round 3, Selection 91: Anthony Schwartz, wide receiver, Auburn (6’0 ”197 pounds)

Depth diagram:
WR1: Odell Beckham, Jr.
WR2: Jarvis Landry
WR3: Rashard Higgins
WR4: Donovan Peoples-Jones
WR5: Anthony Schwartz

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I’ll be honest with you all, I’m not looking at the NCAA and I’m only looking at about 25 rookie receivers before the draft to get a sense of the position. Anthony Schwartz wasn’t one of those 25. When the Browns took him, I thought he had to be a deep threat as this is an aspect that the Browns passing game is currently lacking. Lo and behold, I looked into him and looked at a tape, and I was right. He ran a 40 yard dash of 4.27 on his pro day, and that’s what he does best. The guy is extremely raw but can fly past defenders or take the ball behind the scenes and go to work. He’s talented, but he’s not buckled up at the moment. Auburn throws him on nine routes, bubble screens and sweeps most of the time.

2021 OPPORTUNITY

The Browns need to spice up Schwartz before you can rely on him in your fantasy football leagues. You might have full intent on using it, and it fits within the 100-pick threshold for first year fantasy football success. Unfortunately, at all times, the guy will be … fifth fiddle on this offensive at best. Because of this, I doubt if he’s doing anything more for the Browns than stretching the field in his rookie year.

2021 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

I doubt he’ll get 40 touches this year; I will pass it on in all redraft leagues.

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Round 6, Selection 211: Demetric Felton, Offensive Weapon, UCLA (5’9 ”189 pounds)
Depth diagram:
OW: Demetric Felton
TALENT

I persistently list Felton as a weapon of attack instead of a wide receiver or a running back because UCLA listed him as a wide receiver while he is clearly a running back. UCLA placed him everywhere to get their hands on the ball as effectively as possible. Felton lacks rebound instincts, but has enough spin moves, hop steps, and second tries to keep moving forward. I don’t think he has a great future as a wide receiver in the NFL, but like Austin Ekeler, Antonio Gibson or Nyheim Hines you can split him up wide to get back in the NFL. Felton is fast and seedy and difficult to bring down. He is fun to watch and I hope he has had a long and exciting NFL career. Unfortunately, I don’t expect much from him in his rookie year.

2021 OPPORTUNITY

Felton probably doesn’t see the field much behind the bevy of offensive weapons available to the Cleveland Browns and Baker Mayfield. The best scenario is an offensive injury breakdown in front of Felton, and he gets a few spot games here and there. But there’s nothing in the capital and depth map draft to suggest he should get plenty of fantasy football-related play if everything goes according to plan.

2021 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

I don’t see any reason to draft him into most fantasy football leagues as he has depth map issues. However, it should flash as a preseason DFS (yes there is) darling. Should the Cleveland Browns actually use him, he could have a deep draw with the league. Unfortunately, this is all Pie in the Sky hopes on my part.

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