Titans eyeing McCluster as RB: The efforts of the Kansas City Chiefs to transform Dexter McCluster into a wide receiver never produced much. Now that McCluster has moved to Tennessee, coach Ken Whisenhunt would prefer to have the speedy player move back to his college position of running back. That’s a win for McCluster … and fantasy owners. The former Ole Miss star is likely to split time in the backfield with Shonn Greene, but will have some nice value as a PPR option. In his four seasons in Kansas City, McCluster averaged 43 receptions per season. That’s a respectable number for a PPR back — not so much for a receiver.
Johnson still on trade block: The man that McCluster is ostensibly replacing, Chris Johnson, is still being shopped in trade offers by the Titans. And where once Johnson said he wouldn’t take less money, he is now reportedly willing to lower his price in order to help push a deal through. As the days of the featured back continue to wane, Johnson won’t find a team willing to give him anywhere near the 317 touches he’s averaged over the past three seasons. He’s likely relegated to a platoon situation anywhere he goes and won’t rise above the level of a No. 2 fantasy back with any franchise.
Browns could lock up Hawkins: Signs are pointing toward Andrew Hawkins landing with the Cleveland Browns. Earlier in the week, the Bengals appeared ready to match the offer sheet for the slot receiver. Now that the numbers have been made public, the Bengals seem less either less interested or less capable (or a combination of both) of retaining Hawkins. The Browns could certainly use a wide receiver complement to Josh Gordon, but a player whose best season was 51 catches for 533 yards doesn’t seem like the answer. Add in the quarterback quandary in Cleveland and there won’t be much fantasy demand for Hawkins.
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