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QB DeShone Kizer - Cleveland Browns

6-4, 233Born: 1-3-1996College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 25): It isn't pretty, but Kizer's turnovers can create the opportunity for good fantasy games in comeback efforts like they did in Week 3 against the Colts. The Bengals defense is looking very good up front and getting Vontaze Burfict back, so Week 4 might not be the best streaming week for him, but Kizer's boldness throwing downfield and running ability will make him rosterable as long as he's the starter.

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs PIT 66 20 30 222 1 1 5 17 1 0 21.8
2 at BAL 52 15 31 182 0 3 5 26 0 1 7.7
3 at IND 77 22 47 242 2 3 7 44 1 0 26.5
4 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 22 37 * * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs BAL (15 / 31 / 182 / 0 / 3 pass, 5 / 26 / 0 rush)

Kizer didn't play well against a fearsome Baltimore defense in this game. The rookie quarterback threw three interceptions and lost a fumble on a strip sack. He left the game with a migraine following the team's first drive in the second quarter, but later returned with 8:19 remaining in the third quarter. He made several typical rookie mistakes, failing to get the snap off in time twice for delay of game penalties, holding onto the ball too long at times, and forcing throws in the middle of the field. Kizer's first interception of the game wasn't his fault as his pass went off of a wide open Duke Johnson's hands and into the defender's for the pick. He did get a red zone running play called for him on first-and-goal at Baltimore's three yard line but he lost four yards on the play.

2017 Week 1 vs PIT (20 / 30 / 222 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 17 / 1 rush)

Kizer did some good things against a tough Steelers pass rush on Sunday. He also made some rookie mistakes, as would be expected. He once again showed the arm talent that made him one of the top collegiate quarterbacks in last year's draft class before he went back to school. Kizer threw several off-balance strikes to his receivers and also had a great back-shoulder completion to Corey Coleman. He did overthrow a few receivers who were open, including Duke Johnson, who had Joe Haden beat and may have scored a touchdown had the pass been on target. Kizer's main issue is that he continues to hold onto the ball too long. He took seven sacks on Sunday, mostly on plays where he was moving around in the pocket and not getting the ball out quick enough. He did come close to completing a touchdown pass to David Njoku in the first quarter, but Njoku was held and drew a pass interference flag around the Pittsburgh two-yard line. Kizer showed the ability to make plays with his legs, running a quarterback sneak for the Browns' first touchdown of the game.


Latest News

Browns | DeShone Kizer has mixed results (Sun Sep 24, 04:43 PM) - Cleveland Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer completed 22 of his 47 pass attempts for 242 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Week 3 at Indianapolis. He also added seven runs for 44 yards and a score.

Our View: Kizer was uneven and not safe with the ball as usual, but he kept plugging away in the second half and put up a very good fantasy day in the process. The Browns are going to stay with him through thick and thin, and he will be viable in weeks that he plays lesser defenses. We're not sure if the Bengals are one with Vontaze Burfict coming back next week.
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Browns | DeShone Kizer has disastrous Week 2 (Sun Sep 17, 07:40 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer completed 15 of his 31 pass attempts for 182 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions while also losing a fumble in Week 2 at Baltimore.

Our View: Kizer left for a bit with a migraine and was arguably outplayed by backup Kevin Hogan. If Kizer does start against the Colts next week. he'll be a good cheap DFS play and worth a look in 2QB and superflex leagues.
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Browns | DeShone Kizer out of the game (Sun Sep 17, 01:57 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer (migraine) left the team's Week 2 game early because of a migraine and is considered questionable to return. QB Kevin Hogan has taken over as the starting quarterback.

Our View: Kizer was effective at times, but also turned the ball over twice. Hogan has been moving the offense could create a quarterback controversy for the game at Indianapolis next week.
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Steelers | Ryan Shazier fined (Sat Sep 16, 09:53 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier was fined $24,309 by the National Football League for his hit on Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer during the first half of Week 1's game. He said that he didn't expect Kizer to slide on the play, which also resulted in a 15-yard penalty. Shazier plans to appeal the ruling.

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