Monday, March 3, 2008

Donte Stallworth In Line For A Solid Season In Cleveland

In a post Friday regarding Derek Anderson resigning with Cleveland, we hinted that the Browns weren't done adding to their offense this offseason and were in the market for a #2 WR. Our prophecy was fulfilled Saturday when the Browns agreed to a 7 year 35 million dollar contract with New England WR Donte Stallworth which features 10 million in guaranteed money.

Stallworth will be the starting #2 WR for the Browns and serve as the third option in the passing game behind Braylon Edwards and tight end Kellen Winslow.

Fantasy Impact

Stallworth has world class speed and can be effective as a deep threat or elusive possession receiver over the middle of the field. His abilities were underutilized in New England where he spent much of the year lost among the team's myriad of receiving options. Specifically, he was stuck behind Randy Moss and Wes Welker who lead the team in touchdowns and receptions respectively while splitting offensive looks with Jabar Gaffney. Stallworth posted respectable numbers as the 3/4 WR bringing in 46 receptions for 697 yards and 3 TDs.

As the #2 WR in the pass happy Cleveland Browns offense, Stallworth should get plenty of looks from Derek Anderson and barring injury is a lock to surpass his 2008 output by a decent amount. Stallworth serves as an excellent complement to the more physical Braylon Edwards and should benefit from the attention paid to Edwards and Kellen Winslow. I think Stallworth has a great chance to put up around 1000 yards receiving with 5+ TDs.

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