2015 Outlook: If the Browns honestly assess their 2014 film, they'll establish Crowell as their lead rusher. Unfortunately, that seems like a big if. The cluelessness of the Cleveland staff affected the entire roster last year, and the backfield was no exception. First, the Browns opted for a punchless Ben Tate, then fluctuated between Crowell and Terrance West seemingly at random. We see Crowell as a good, not great, NFL starter along the lines of RBs Rudi Johnson and Marion Barber: a professional banger who'll get stronger with more carries. But he might need an injury to West to ensure a bigger workload.
2015 Outlook: West's carry totals in his final seven games of last season read like an EKG: 26, 5, 14, 7, 15, 5, 18. Coach Mike Pettine gave no believable justification for interchanging West and Isaiah Crowell, leading us to the conclusion that perhaps West simply likes even-numbered weeks. In truth, we thought Crowell outplayed West, who's a bit too east/west as a runner and needs to understand that his strength comes from his power. Given the Browns' mess at QB, though, there could be some big workloads awaiting West again in 2015. If he uses those 225 pounds the right way, he could establish himself as a legit short-TD maker.
2015 Outlook: A home run threat who averaged 6.8 yards per carry in college, Johnson is also a fluid and dynamic pass catcher. Size-wise, he borders on scatback territory (5-9, 207); ability-wise, he could turn into a feature RB someday. Unfortunately, Johnson's rookie home looks awful for fantasy. Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West are also in Cleveland, meaning early-down work probably won't be available for the Miami (Fla.) product right away. Expect Johnson to play in a rotation, with an emphasis on receptions in 2015.