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2013 Team Outlook: Cleveland Browns

A fantasy football preview of the Cleveland Browns this season. Profiled players include Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden, Dion Lewis, and Bobby Rainey.

The new coaching regime in Cleveland hand-picked Jason Campbell while they merely inherited second-year QB Brandon Weeden. This doesn't mean Campbell is the guaranteed starter but Weeden has accomplished nothing to cement his 2012 position as the Browns' field general. Campbell is on his third team in three seasons and there is a good reason for that. He never excelled as a starter in Washington, but has been a serviceable backup since then. If either Campbell or Weeden emerge as the starter, a losing streak could cost them their job, meaning both players are nothing more than waiver wire fodder.

In the short-term, Brian Hoyer is the Browns' starter while Brandon Weeden heals from a thumb injury. Although if Hoyer continues to succeed, there will certainly be a quarterback controversy. Deeper formats should monitor Hoyer, if not add him as soon as possible. He seemed to have great chemistry with Josh Gordon. Don't count out the Browns just yet.

The silver lining surrounding Brandon Weeden is that this will be his second season and needless to say, drafting the 29-year-old would require plenty of optimism. The former Oklahoma State product will have offensive coordinator Norv Turner to guide him. Weeden finished 2012 with only 14 TD passes and 20 total turnovers. In response to his rookie season, the Browns added QB Jason Campbell to challenge in the offseason. While early reports suggested Campbell may have had an early lead in this QB competition, Weeden has come on strong in the preseason.

UPDATE (08/16/2013): Through two preseason games, Weeden has completed 18-of-25 passes for 229 yards and three scores. His 139.4 QB rating during the preseason is the highest among all QBs with 10 or more pass attempts.

Due to the emergence of RB Bryce Brown with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dion Lewis became expendable. He has found a new home in Cleveland and will push RB Montario Hardesty to become the No. 2 back. Lewis is only 22 years old and there is little wear on his treads. Hardesty, on the other hand, has battled with injuries throughout his collegiate and pro career. In theory, Lewis should be able to contribute more on passing downs, although he's only caught three passes in his previous two seasons.

UPDATE (08/16/2013): Lewis fratured his fibula during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions. He will be out for at least two to three months.

With Trent Richardson out of town, Bobby Rainey figures to see a spike in playing time. After Week 3, he still has a lot to learn and prove on the field. He had five touches in his debut and it appears Willis McGahee has the starter's edge. Rainey is a guy to watch in dynasty formats, and he isn't likely to hit it big this year.

Willis McGahee still has something left in the tank. Just don't expect him to have enough for a road trip and keep it under the speed limit. The former Miami Hurricane is in his 11th season. At 31 years of age, he'll be used sparingly and is certainly worth an add in bigger leagues. In his first game, he had eight carries for nine yards. McGahee will probably need a game or two to get his sails full of wind and should be rostered in every competitive league.