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2013 Team Outlook: Cleveland Browns

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

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David Nelson, formerly with the Buffalo Bills, is rehabbing from a torn ACL and should be ready for training camp. In 2011, he had a career year with the Bills, catching 61 passes for 658 yards and five scores. Considered a deep sleeper in 2012, the ACL injury derailed his season. With his 6'5" frame, he is blessed with the physical gifts necessary to be more than just the fourth option for the Browns. The 26-year-old must stay healthy to reach his full potential.

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Cleveland allowed both TEs (Ben Watson and Alex Smith) to test free agency this past offseason. The logic behind that choice is that waiting in the wings is Jordan Cameron. An athletic specimen at 6'5" and 250 pounds, Cameron can run a sub-4.6 40 yard dash. Now entering his third season, the former USC prospect is expected to make the leap in 2013. If not a starter-caliber option, a very young and talented TE2. Cameron is a high-value sleeper that should still be available late in fantasy drafts.

UPDATE (08/16/2013): Cameron has been a very popular TE2 option for fantasy owners. The hype is red hot, especially with Brandon Weeden playing very well this preseason.

UPDATE (9/23/2013): The hype was legit. Cameron has been very impressive through three games. He already has 20 receptions for 269 yards and four scores. Consider him a Top 5 TE for the remainder of the season.

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Brought in via free agency from the Chicago Bears, Kellen Davis is an adept blocker and will provide depth behind third-year TE Jordan Cameron. With only 19 receptions last season, Davis mostly stayed on the line to block and was rarely a featured part of the offense in Chicago. It is unlikely that Davis cracks the Top 20 at his position.

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Shayne Graham converted 27 of 29 field goals inside of 50 yards, but was just 4 of 9 on kicks over 50 yards. His point totals were very high due to playing with the Houston Texans. The 35-year-old has struggled with longer kicks throughout his career, which is why Cleveland brought in K Brandon Bogotay, an undrafted free agent from the University of Georgia. Graham is the early favorite in this open competition.

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Cleveland is transitioning to a 3-4 defese under the leadership of defensive coordinator Ray Horton. The Browns added a lot of intruiging players both in the draft and as free agents. 2013 first-round pick Barkevious Mingo should contribute on passing downs. OLB Paul Kruger and DE Desmond Bryant are new to the team, but both have had above-average seasons in the recent past. Cleveland's defense was mediocre for the majority of the 2012 season. They'll need to improve their pass defense first after ranking 25th in the NFL (245.2 ypg).