No player in NFL history has more receptions in their first four seasons than Jarvis Landry (400), a record previously held by Anquan Boldin. That didn’t stop Miami from trading the four year pro for a reported 4th round pick in 2018 and a 7th round pick in 2019 to the Cleveland Browns. The disconnect between Jarvis Landry and the Miami front office has been well documented over the past year. Landry has been publicly vocal about wanting top end wide receiver money and a long-term contract.
It’s apparent that Miami placed the franchise tag on Landry simply to get any compensation they could in a trade, as opposed to letting him walk as a free agent this summer and receiving no compensation. A change in uniform for Landry might soon provide what he desired that Miami never gave him, the confidence of a long-term contract that shows the appreciation he deserves.
It’s hard to not be immediately disappointed for fantasy purposes that Landry is headed to Cleveland. For years Cleveland has been a wasteland for fantasy players with a few exceptions. However, new general manager John Dorsey has a track record of being an aggressive GM that has the capability to rebuild NFL rosters. I believe that he is building something in Cleveland that can change the narrative from being the “same old Browns.”
Jarvis Landry will be on a team with also newly acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is more than capable of supporting his high PPR production. He will be in a receiving core that includes Josh Gordon as well as Corey Coleman; this should allow single coverage on almost every play for Landry.
Volume and targets are king in fantasy, and Landry will continue to be a target monster as a Cleveland Brown. At worst he is due to play under the franchise tag at just under $16 million this season. Usually, if a team is paying a player a significant amount, they tend to lean on them as a focal point of their offense. That fact, as well as the others I mentioned, is why I think that Landry’s dynasty value didn’t take a hit with his departure from Miami to Cleveland. I wouldn’t move Jarvis up or down in my WR ranking for dynasty; I think he stays firmly where he is at as a top 12 PPR dynasty wide receiver.
If there is an owner in your league that is panicking because they think that anyone who goes to Cleveland is cursed to fail, capitalize on this insecurity and trade for him.
Many owners will see Cleveland and think that it hurts his value. They would be wrong. Cleveland is building a solid offense, while Miami is trending downward with a question mark at quarterback with Ryan Tannehill coming off of ACL surgery. Just imagine if the Browns do select Saquon Barkley in the draft with one of their top 4 picks in the draft, this team could become one of the more explosive offenses in the league next year, as strange as that is to say given the recent history of the franchise.