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Monday, September 19, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: CODY KESSLER ERA ARRIVES QUICKER THEN EXPECTED, MIXED BAG REGARDING IMPACT ON COREY COLEMAN/GARY BARNRIDGE

Two weeks into the season and the Cleveland Browns have lost two quarterbacks to very serious injuries.  In Week 1 it was RG3 who went down for the season with a broken shoulder and in Week 2 it was Josh McCown who suffered a "serious" injury to the same joint.  That means rookie Cody Kessler will move into the starting lineup for Week 3 whether he is ready or not and the fallout is sizable for the Cleveland skill position players.  The real shame of McCown's injury for those who own rookie wideout Corey Coleman is that the two had an instant chemisty that resulted in two first half passing scores but now that ends just like that.  Kessler and his noodle arm is bad news for Coleman and his immediate fantasy football value and if the latter is available on waivers for Week 3, let someone else burn an early spot to get him.  The fact of the matter is that Kessler won't be able to get the football down the field to Coleman and that makes the latter a bench option at best.  The promotion of Kessler is also bad news for returning ace wideout Josh Gordon who again won't be able to use his speed down the field as much.  Meanwhile the one person who may benefit from the injury to McCown is tight end Gary Barnridge who has done nothing through two weeks.  With a rookie under center, we all know they tend to look to their tight ends and that could put Barnridge in play as a starting option for Week 3.  Either way, this is an ugly situation that is just getting worse. 


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