Antonio Callaway, Wide receiver
2018 Fantasy Points: 89.3 points
The Cleveland Browns wide receivers will be hard to value in terms of fantasy because of the presence of Beckham and Jarvis Landry at the top of the depth chart. Those two are likely going to garner a lot of targets from Mayfield and the passing offense will likely run through them.
However, their presence on the field will attract most of the attention from defensive coordinators and their coverage’s. Because of Beckham’s play-making ability and Landry’s reliable hands, they will be the focus of a defense’s coverage.
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This will create opportunities for whoever Cleveland’s third wide receiver will be, whether that is Antonio Callaway or Rashard Higgins. But Callaway could be a sneaky selection late in fantasy drafts because of his ability as a vertical receiver.
Last season, Callaway’s speed made him one of Cleveland’s only vertical threats. Defenses knew this and could keep a safety over top of him to prevent Callaway from beating them deep. But there were still times Callaway’s speed beat the coverage.
In 2018, Callaway played in all 16 games, starting in 11, and made 43 receptions for 586 yards and five touchdowns. Similar to most of the players on the offense, his game took off during the second half of the season as he seemed to be more comfortable with being in the NFL.
With Beckham on the field, defenses are going to be forced to shade their coverage towards him. If Callaway is on the opposite of the field, this will give him more one-on-one opportunities to take advantage of downfield. And with Todd Monken’s Air Raid offense and Kitchens’ aggressive play-calling, the Browns could be calling a lot of shot plays.
If Callaway can continue to show the improvements he made during the end of last season, he could be in for a big year. He may not be as much of a focal point in the 2019 offense, but he should still have opportunities to make big plays. He could be an attractive option towards the back-end of a draft.