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CB Denzel Ward - Cleveland Browns

5-11, 191Born: 4-28-1997College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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The Browns return no opening day 2017 starters at the corner positions. Instead they added three solid players via free agency and selected Ward with the second of their first round picks. General consensus had Ward as the top corner in this year's draft so he should be an exceptional addition on the field. In fantasy terms however, expectations should be much lower. The rookie corner rule is something mentioned often at Footballguys and it could be a factor here. That being the fact offensive coordinators will often target inexperienced players, thus creating more opportunity to make plays. In Ward's case that may not be enough. History is against him in that Cleveland corners have traditionally held minimal fantasy value, and Ward himself was not particularly box score friendly during his time at Ohio State. As a junior last year he totaled 30 solo stops, 7 assists and a pair of interceptions in eleven games. (May 31)

FBG Staff Rankings

CB Redraft - 60, 38, 46
CB Dynasty - 45, 22, 42
Overall Rookie - 15, 9, 11, 13, 14, 20

Stats and Projections

2018 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 62.0 * * * * * * *
2018 PROJ-Norton 16.0 48.0 * * * * * * *

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2018 Schedule

1vs Pittsburgh Steelers
2@ New Orleans Saints
3vs New York Jets
4@ Oakland Raiders
5vs Baltimore Ravens
6vs Los Angeles Chargers
7@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8@ Pittsburgh Steelers
9vs Kansas City Chiefs
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13@ Houston Texans
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Denver Broncos
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17@ Baltimore Ravens