2024 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup: The Cleveland Browns

There are a lot of question marks surrounding the Browns this offseason. Most of them are centered around quarterback Deshaun Watson and running back Nick Chubb. But, with a full arsenal of weapons on offense (including newly-acquired Jerry Jeudy), it’s hard to see room for any weapons that we could rely on in fantasy football. Let’s take a look at the one guy they took in the draft who might matter, Jamari Thrash!


Round Pick Player Pos College
2 54 Michael Hall Jr. DT Ohio St
3 85 Zak Zinter G Michigan
5 156 Jamari Thrash WR Louisville
6 206 Nathaniel Watson LB Mississippi St
7 227 Myles Harden CB South Dakota
7 243 Jowon Briggs DT Cincinnati

Round 5, Pick 156 Overall: Jamari Thrash, Wide Receiver, Louisville (6’0” 188 lbs)


Thrash plays very fast and is frenetic with the ball. He uses his athleticism well to find himself open at all three levels. He has great hands when someone isn’t draped all over him, but he is every bit as skinny as he seems at his sub-190 frame whenever he can’t shake a defender, causing pressure drops. But, if he gets the football, he’s a slippery fish, who regularly shakes the first tackler, making him an extremely effective yards-after-the-catch player. But, his size makes him an unreliable first, or second option on any given play. Instead, he will be better suited in the NFL as a third receiver who takes advantage of the defense forgetting about him.

2024 Opportunity:

The Cleveland Browns are one of the most confusing passing games in the NFL. They leveraged their future picks, their salary cap, and their reputation on Deshaun Watson. Watson, in return, has been horrendous. He’s averaging 185 passing yards, 1.2 touchdowns, and 0.8 interceptions per game with Cleveland. He’s destroyed the passing game there, to the point that off-the-couch Joe Flacco averaged 323 yards, 2.6 touchdowns, and 1.6 picks per game just by airing it out, and if you want to believe that Watson comes in and is Texans’ Deshaun Watson, then be my guest.

2024 Fantasy Football Outlook:

Thrash is currently the WR3 on the offense, and it isn’t a particularly high-ceiling offense with Watson. I am not super interested in him outside of a late-season breakout.


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