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Two Browns players listed in the Top 100 fantasy football players

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Isaiah Crowell and Corey Coleman crack the Top 100.

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I typically don’t start my fantasy football league until August, but perhaps it is my lack of advance gameplanning that has seen me come away with some rather disappointing seasons the past couple of years. Over at The MMQB, Gary Gramling took an early look at the Top 100 fantasy players for the 2017 season. For now, my primary interest was whether any members of the Cleveland Browns appeared:

45. RB Isaiah Crowell
94. WR Corey Coleman: Terrelle Pryor-to-Kenny Britt is a major downgrade across from Coleman. If he can show a little better grasp of the offense this year, he could emerge as the top receiving option on a team that figures to trail often and throw a lot.

Even though I’d agree from a potential perspective that Britt seems like a downgrade from Pryor, that could also be viewed as a bit of a funny statement, considering had near-identical statistical seasons in 2016. I personally would not have placed any Browns wide receiver in the Top 100, given Coleman’s struggles as a rookie and the team’s continued search for a quarterback.

Crowell, on the other hand, is a money pick. He had a solid season in 2016 despite the team having plenty of offensive line woes, and now he’s in a contract year with a heavily upgraded offensive line.

Among the unusual names to see at the top of the list include Bears RB Jordan Howard (No. 6) and Bengals RB Joe Mixon (No. 13). I think Mixon being ranked so high is an odd choice. Cincinnati’s running backs didn’t do so well a year ago, and they lost their best two offensive lineman this offseason. Is Mixon as a rookie, with the dark cloud hanging over him, going to jump to the front of the depth chart, get enough snaps, and succeed right away at such a high value? I’d bet serious money against it.