|Johnny Manziel loses starting QB job -- Tue Nov 24 3:45 pm --|
Josh McCown to start Week 12
|Johnny Manziel has been replaced by Josh McCown as the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Tuesday. Two weeks after being named the team's starter, Manziel has been demoted to third string for Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens after social media posts surfaced this week that showed Manziel allegedly partying last weekend in Texas. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Manziel 10-week rehab stint this off-season apparently didn't cure his partying ways. Manziel posted a 24-point fantasy day against the Steelers in Week 10 but will give way to McCown. The Browns face the Ravens on Monday Night Football this week.
| Johnny Manziel named Browns' starter -- Tue Nov 17 11:35 am --|
Josh McCown (ribs) benched; team on Week 11 bye
|Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) on Twitter:
"Scoopage: #Browns are making the switch to Johnny Manziel as starting QB for rest of the season @NFLonFOX" (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It appears the era of Johnny Football has officially begun. In what appears to be a lost season, with Josh McCown nursing a rib injury and the team on a Week 11 bye, this makes some sense. Manziel won't be deployable in standard formats, but two-QB leagues and DFS competitors should take heed.
| Manziel will start for Browns on Sunday -- Fri Nov 13 4:20 pm --|
McCown still limited in practice as he recovers from rib injuries
|The Browns are expected to start Johnny Manziel against the Steelers on Sunday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Earlier, Browns coach Mike Pettine would not name a starting quarterback for what he described as competitive reasons. Pettine said Johnny Manziel took the majority of reps in Friday's practice and that Josh McCown was limited as he recovers from rib injuries. Pettine said earlier in the week that McCown would start if healthy. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Manziel is a mid-range QB2 this week with some upside, as the Steelers' pass defense is currently ranked 26th in the NFL.
| Browns will start QB Manziel -- Wed Nov 4 11:00 am --|
Josh McCown out with rib injury
|A day away from battling the undefeated Bengals, the wandering Browns are turning the offense over to Johnny Manziel. With veteran passer Josh McCown battling a painful rib injury, Browns coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Manziel would get the starting nod.
FF Today's Take: The Browns will turn to Johnny Manziel to right the ship against state rival Cincinnati. Cleveland's lack of a consistent rushing attack will only make it tougher to move the chains through the air against a Bengals defense that has only surrendered nine passing touchdowns on the year. Travis Benjamin and Andrew Hawkins see their fantasy stock limited for another week.
| Josh McCown listed as questionable -- Fri Oct 30 5:20 pm --|
QB dealing with shoulder and rib injuries
|Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown, who left last week’s meeting with the St. Louis Rams after sustaining shoulder and rib injuries, could be a game-time decision against the Cardinals this Sunday, coach Mike Pettine told reporters Friday. McCown is officially listed as questionable, but according to a report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, he will play this week. Having completed 26 of 32 passes for 270 yards, McCown was replaced in Week 7 by backup Johnny Manziel after taking several hits from the Rams’ defense. If McCown is unable to go this week, Manziel would get the call. (SI)|
FF Today's Take: It sounds as though McCown will play, but how effective he will be is hard to predict. If you have another option this week, it might be a smart to leave McCown on your bench.
| McCown not expected to practice Wed. -- Wed Oct 28 8:13 am --|
Should play Sunday
|Browns QB Josh McCown (shoulder) is not expected to practice today, but is expected to start Sunday vs. Cardinals. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: McCown injured his shoulder last week against the Rams and has been labeled as "day-to-day" by the team. If he plays, McCown will be a low-end QB1 at best against the Cardinals defense.
|Manziel to start for Browns in Week 2 -- Fri Sep 18 11:30 am --|
McCown still not cleared
|Quarterback Johnny Manziel has been given the nod as the Cleveland Browns starter for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Friday. Josh McCown was not cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol and is not able to practice Friday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: McCown (concussion) has yet to be cleared to play. Manziel has a decent matchups against the Titans defense but in reality he's nothing more than a risky QB2. Tennessee allowed 210 passing yards and 2 TDs to Jameis Winston in Week 1.
| Browns preparing as if Johnny Manziel is starter -- Tue Sep 15 11:05 am --|
Enigmatic QB likely getting the call in Week 2
|The Browns are preparing to move forward with Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback for Week 2. Josh McCown remains in the concussion protocol but attended meetings and watched film Monday, a day after suffering a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first quarter.
FF Today's Take: A league source said McCown felt good, but head coach Mike Pettine said the team began the week anticipating Manziel will get the start Sunday in the home opener against the Tennessee Titans.
“If we have our starting quarterback in protocol … it’s an ideal situation that Josh would be back at the end of the week, but we have to plan otherwise that he won’t be available at least early for practice, " Pettine said. “We’ll see how it plays out. Johnny early in the week will get the starting quarterback reps.”
Neither Manziel nor McCown is a recommended play in anything but the deepest of fantasy leagues -- one that would have to ignore turnovers and award extra points for pantomime and panache.