By Jack Delaney on March 16, 2014
With the recent signing of running back Ben Tate, the Cleveland Browns hope to take the right step in becoming competitive in the NFL. Even though the running back depth chart for the Browns may not be known outside of Cleveland, fantasy football players need to realize that Tate will not automatically become a fantasy star just because he is the starting running back. Here are five running backs for the Cleveland Browns who will see the field.
Dion Lewis was unable to play in the regular season for the Browns due to a broken leg he suffered in the preseason. Lewis was actively involved in the return game in 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles, but it is unknown how active he will be in the running game in the 2014 season.
He wasn't very active in the rushing game for the Browns, but running back Fozzy Whittaker is the owner of one of the best names in the NFL. Even with a small workload, Whittaker had 155 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in 2013. He was also actively involved in the return game.
Chris Ogbonnaya found himself involved in the rushing and passing attack for the Browns. In 2013, he ran for 239 yards, had 343 receiving yards and caught two receiving touchdowns. He will be a free agent in 2015, so the Browns may give him more playing time to see if he is worth keeping.
Even though he only played in three games during the 2013 season, the young Edwin Baker was able to show signs of promise. He finished his season with 171 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and 57 receiving yards. He is predicated to be the main backup for Ben Tate.
While it may not seem like there is that much talent to compete with Ben Tate for his starting role with the Cleveland Browns, the depth chart is surprisingly deep. Any of these players could find there way into the offense from week to week, and Tate could lose value if the Browns go with the hot hand. If Tate can prove himself early, then he will not have to worry about these other backs, but this should be a concern for all fantasy players.
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