The Week 3 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins features a rookie quarterback in Cleveland, and a resurgent offense in Miami. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
Once upon a time tight end Gary Barnidge was the darling of the Cleveland Browns fantasy options. Many expected that trend to continue with Josh McCown taking over for Robert Griffin at quarterback, but that simply wasn’t the case last week. Rookie Corey Coleman broke out instead. He caught five passes for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week against the Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately, Coleman has since broken his hand and will be unavailable this weekend.
Even with Coleman, the Browns offense has quarterback problems. Cody Kessler will make his first NFL start on Sunday as perennial backup Josh McCown deals with a shoulder injury. The team will have to rely on running back Isaiah Crowell even more now. Crowell ran for 133 yards and a touchdown last week. Although most of that came on an 85-yard touchdown run in the first half, the fact of the matter is the Browns and fantasy owners probably don’t expect Kessler to make too many waves in his first career start. Crowell will likely be a busy man on Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins have been inconsistent thus far, but Jarvis Landry fantasy owners probably don’t care. Landry was the beneficiary of the fact that the Dolphins had to play from behind against the New England Patriots last week. He was targeted a lot and capitalized on the opportunity. Landry caught 10 passes for 137 yards against the Patriots and although he did not find the end zone, he continues to be the Dolphins’ top offensive weapon. He likely won’t see as much action against Cleveland given the Dolphins are heavy favorites, but he has a strong chance of finding the end zone to potentially match his Week 3 fantasy projections.
When it comes to the running game, it looks like running back Arian Foster will be sidelined this week with a groin injury. He has currently been given the doubtful designation. That means Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, and Damien Williams could form a running-back-by-committee against Cleveland. Of those three, Ajayi likely has the inside track on touches. He only rushed the ball five times for 14 yards last week but he’s highly touted and could see lots of carries if Miami gets a big early lead in the game.