Cleveland Browns: Pick Up Gary Barnidge In Fantasy Football


The Cleveland Browns do not have many options on offense that can provide consistent plays. However, they do have TE Gary Barnidge. He has been a pleasant surprise taking his game to another level towards the end of the last year, while continuing that effort this season.

Coming into this season, very few would have expected to see any member of the Cleveland Browns as a leader in points based off their play in fantasy football. After six weeks of football, that assumption is not possible anymore with TE Gary Barnidge.

With six weeks in, Barnidge has caught 27 passes for 413 yards and 5 touchdowns. Those 27 passes is more than double his whole 2014 total of 13 passes.

At TE, Barnidge is currently third is points with 52 and is owned in 69.5 % of leagues on ESPN. He is second with 71.30 points on and is owned in only 54.4% of leagues. Those totals were based on default scoring. The statistics speak for themselves– Barnidge is a must to be picked up.

Across the NFL there was only four TEs (Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Travis Kelce, Greg Olsen) coming into this season that can almost be guaranteed to provide good production. After that it is more of a hope for the best approach with the position.

With Graham not impacting the Seattle Seahawks the way many would have expected, owners of him or anyone in general who may be struggling needs to go pick up Barnidge.

If a trade is going to be needed, do what is needed. Dealing for him will likely not much cost much.

Since Week 3 verses the Oakland Raiders, Barndige has been on a roll.

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Browns QB Josh McCown has made Barnidge his go to guy, which is a role Barnidge have not been associated with since coming into the NFL.

Since the majority of the team’s WRs are roughly the same size, there is no doubt McCown will continue to rely on Barnidge getting open and making plays.

If Cleveland can get their running game going ( regardless of whether that is Duke Johnson, Isaiah Crowell, Robert Turbin, or a combination of the three) then that will also work in Barnidge’s favor.

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Just think about the play action plays that are called. Instead of the defense focusing on Barnidge and being less concerned about their running game, Cleveland’s opponents will have decisions to make on how to defend the Browns.

The thought of Barnidge’s success running out is understandable, especially after looking over the offensive side of the roster. If that situation occurs, deal with that then. Until that occurs (if it ever even does happen), fantasy football teams should benefit off of Barnidge’s play!

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