Browns add Willis McGahee to the backfield, but fantasy owners could do better


In wake of exchanging Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first-round pick, the Browns have added veteran running back Willis McGahee. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Browns added veteran running back Willis McGahee to the backfield on Thursday, as reported by NFL Network's Jeff Darlington.

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The news comes as much less of a surprise than Wednesday's news of the team trading Trent Richardson to the Colts in exchange for a first-round pick, and it appears McGahee will soon enough fill Richardson's spot atop the Browns depth chart. The 31-year-old veteran provided a nice complement to the Broncos backfield a season ago, posting three 100-yard games and totaling 731 yards in just 10 games.

Fantasy Spin: McGahee will not likely see much action in Week Three as he will likely need some time to absorb the Browns playbook and get properly conditioned for a decent workload. Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey may get some work early on, but the writing is on the wall for McGahee to assume the main ball-carrying responsibility in Cleveland. However, expectations should be tempered. If an elusive back like Trent Richardson struggled to produce in the Browns offense, odds are that a veteran who went from the couch to the gridiron in a matter of days will not post better results. When McGahee is good to go, he deserves consideration as a desperation flex play and nothing more.

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