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Can Jarvis Landry Live Up To His New Contract In Cleveland?

By Travis Pulver - 4 years ago in NFL Season Long Fantasy Draft Kit & Advice

Can Jarvis Landry Live Up To His New Contract In Cleveland?

NFL and daily fantasy fans were caught off guard when the Cleveland Browns acquired Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins. For the first time in years, the Browns would have a marquee receiver in the lineup. If Josh Gordon can return to form and stay out of trouble, they might even have two.

With the news that the Browns are signing Landry to a five-year, $75.5 million contract extension—well, it becomes crystal clear who the team’s No. 1 receiver is going to be.

But the question daily fantasy players want answered is whether he can perform like one in Cleveland.

The standard is set pretty high

At $15.1 million he becomes the fifth-highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. Only Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, and Sammy Watkins get paid more. What does he need to do to belong in the same conversation as those guys?

Watkins is the most overpaid player in the NFL, so we’ll exclude him from the conversation. As for the other three, the standard is set pretty high (stats are for 2017):

•    Antonio Brown: 101 receptions, 1533 yards, nine touchdowns

•    Mike Evans: 71 receptions, 1001 yards, five touchdowns

•    DeAndre Hopkins: 96 receptions, 1378, 13 touchdowns

Landry is no slouch!

The bar is set pretty high, but Landry is a stellar receiver in his own right. He’s averaged 100 receptions and more than 1000 yards and five touchdowns a season since joining the NFL. Probably the most impressive number is the percentage of passes caught—70.5.

More than likely, if you get the ball somewhere near him, he’ll make the catch.

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But it’s the Browns (yuck)

It is hard to see anyone on the Brown being a top-notch daily fantasy option. It doesn’t matter how much talent they have. There is just something about playing for the Browns that kills production. Maybe if Gordon returns to form, the coverage on him will not be as intense.

There’s also the quarterback question. Will it be a rookie? Or will it be Tyrod Taylor? It will probably be Taylor to start, and for daily fantasy purposes, that is not promising. His best season in Buffalo saw him throw for 3,035 yards.

He had no 300-plus yard games last season, threw for less than 200 yards eight times, and never had more than two touchdowns in a single game.

So, don’t expect much from Landry until we get a few weeks into the season next year.

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