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The Cleveland Browns have recorded just 29 sacks in 2015.
Only four NFL teams have fewer sacks on the year, and the lack of production has frustrated Browns defenders. "I just haven't had those big plays that put our defense in a good situation, and that I put on my own shoulders," said linebacker Paul Kruger. The Cleveland defense has also forced just one turnover since Week 12, further adding to their defensive woes. The Browns D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option at home against Pittsburgh in Week 17. Jan 2 - 3:47 AM

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The Cleveland defense has not forced a turnover since Week 12.

The Browns will have a tough time correcting their turnover troubles in Week 16 when they travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs, who have turned the ball over just 12 times in 2015, the second-lowest total in the NFL. In addition to the turnover woes, Cleveland is 31st among NFL defenses in stopping the run, so fantasy owners will stay far from this D/ST option in Week 16.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 01:44:00 AM

The Cleveland defense travels to Seattle in Week 15 to face the Seahawks, who have averaged 34.6 points per game over the last five weeks.

The Browns have their work cut out for them this week, as the Seattle passing game has been on fire in recent weeks with Russell Wilson throwing 16 touchdown passes in his last four games. Cleveland has allowed 30 or more points in five of their last six games, making the Browns D/ST an avoidable group in fantasy leagues this week in what should be a lopsided game.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 03:48:00 AM

The Cleveland defense allowed 37 points in Week 13, the fifth-consecutive game that the group has allowed 30 or more points.

Cleveland has allowed 30 or more points in eight of 12 games in 2015, and checks-in at 31st among NFL defenses in points allowed, ahead of only lowly New Orleans. Week 14 provides a chance for Cleveland to reverse this trend, when they host the San Francisco 49ers, who are dead-last in the NFL in scoring offense at 14.8 points per game. The Browns D/ST is worth a look as a potential streaming option in fantasy leagues this week, but the floor this unit offers is frighteningly low.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 01:00:00 AM

The Cleveland defense has not held an opponent under 30 points since Week 7.

In four games since Week 7, Cleveland has allowed 32.0 points and 414.3 total yards per game while going 0-4. The Browns have also recorded just four sacks in that span and haven’t been close to the fantasy radar all season. Week 13 will be no different, when the Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals, who are fourth among NFL offenses in scoring at 27.0 points per game.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 02:06:00 PM

The Cleveland Browns will host the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, who will be led by Matt Schaub, Buck Allen, and Kamar Aiken.

Baltimore has been crushed by injuries and will play the rest of the 2015 season their leading passer, rusher, and receiver. The Cleveland defense is an enticing Week 12 fantasy option due to the matchup, but this group has not been good this season and has allowed 29.0 points per game during their current five-game losing streak. The Browns D/ST is a borderline top-12 fantasy play this week for teams looking for streaming options.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 02:37:00 AM

The Cleveland Browns head into their Week 11 bye with the last-ranked run defense among NFL teams, allowing 138.8 rushing yards per game.

The Browns have held their opposition to less than 100 rushing yards in just two of 10 games in 2015. After the bye, Cleveland will host the Baltimore Ravens and will not be a worthwhile fantasy D/ST option.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 12:47:00 AM

The Cleveland defense could face Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot) in Week 10, who is practicing on a limited basis.

Roethlisberger was originally expected to miss Week 10, leaving the Pittsburgh offense in the hands of Landry Jones. Of course, it is entirely possible that the Steelers are toying with Cleveland by giving the allusion that Roethlisberger will play, but the situation should be monitored prior to kickoff. Considering the struggles of the Cleveland run defense in 2015, the Pittsburgh quarterback may not make much of a difference. The Browns D/ST is not a recommended fantasy option in Week 10.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 03:11:00 AM

The Cleveland Browns will take their 32nd-ranked run defense to Cincinnati on Thursday night to face the Bengals.

The Browns have struggled to stop opposing rushers all season and are coughing up 147.0 rushing yards per game, over 13 yards per game more than the 31st-ranked Detroit Lions. Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard will receive a Week 9 boost due to this matchup, but the Browns D/ST can be safely avoided on Thursday night.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 06:51:00 AM

The Browns D/ST will not be a viable fantasy option in Week 8 when they host the Arizona Cardinals, who are the second-highest scoring team in the NFL.

The resurgent Chris Johnson will look to gash the Cleveland defense that is dead last in the NFL in run defense and allows a beefy 5.1 yards per carry to opposing rushers. The Cleveland defense will remain on fantasy waiver wires this week and won't see their schedule lighten up anytime soon as they travel to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh following Sunday's matchup with Arizona.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 02:20:00 AM

The Cleveland run defense will face a tough challenge on Sunday as they travel to St. Louis to take on Todd Gurley and the Rams.

The Browns are allowing an NFL-worst 149.8 rushing yards per game this season and will now attempt to corral rookie Todd Gurley, who has run for 305 yards over the last two weeks. The Browns D/ST will not be an advisable fantasy start this week as they face the Rams on the road.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 03:29:00 PM

The Cleveland Browns will be without defensive backs Joe Haden and Tashaun Gipson in Week 6 when they host the Denver Broncos.

The losses of Haden and Gipson will certainly hurt the Cleveland defense as they face Peyton Manning and the Broncos. "That's tough to have two guys that are Pro Bowl guys not out there for you, but we're confident in the depth in the room and we've gotten a lot of quality reps with those guys," said coach Mike Pettine as he attempted to paint a more positive picture. Although Peyton Manning is not the top-tier quarterback of previous years, the Cleveland D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option in Week 6.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 02:01:00 AM

The Cleveland Browns will face a depleted group of Baltimore pass catchers on Sunday, with wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. ruled out.

Baltimore TE Crockett Gillmore is also unlikely to play, as he has not practiced yet this week. Maxx Williams will handle lead duties at tight end against the Browns, with Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, and Chris Givens handling the wide receiver work. The Browns D/ST has struggled in most defensive situations through four weeks and will happily catch a break against Baltimore in Week 5. Despite the anticipated defensive advantage due to Ravens injuries, the Browns D/ST still won't be a startable group in fantasy leagues this week.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 01:19:00 AM

The Cleveland Browns, who are last in the NFL in run defense, will look to corral San Diego rookie Melvin Gordon in Week 4.

The Browns are giving up 158.3 rushing yards per game this season and will travel to San Diego to face the Chargers and Gordon, who is averaging 4.3 yards per carry on 44 chances in 2015. While the matchup is great for the rookie, the Cleveland D/ST will not be a recommended fantasy option on the road against a San Diego offense racking up over 400 yards per game.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 01:08:00 AM

The Cleveland Browns have given up 160 rushing yards per game so far in 2015, the worst mark among NFL teams.

Chris Ivory did the damage in Week 1, followed by Dexter McCluster in Week 2. Cleveland is also allowing 4.8 yards per carry this season and faces a very capable running back in Latavius Murray on Sunday. The Browns D/ST will be a back-end starting fantasy unit in Week 3 at home against Oakland, but will need to see improvement from their defensive front.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 03:04:00 AM