Baker Mayfield
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To be fair, this post could also be used to have a bounce-back year in general. Either way, it is fair to say that Baker Mayfield and the Browns in general massively disappointed. They have such a talented roster, so the fact they were only 6-10 was just awful. With that much talent on the roster, usually, whether your QB plays well or not is irrelevant as long as the rest of the team can carry. But they still failed, which makes me believe that coaching was the issue in Cleveland. Freddie Kitchens had no right being the Browns HC. Now, they have a competent Head Coach in Kevin Stefanski to get the Browns to compete. This also means getting Baker Mayfield to be the best QB he can.

Baker Mayfield 2019

We have to talk about the bad and ugly before we can get to the good. Baker Mayfield was thought to be one of the best QBs for fantasy last year, and it didn’t happen. With Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry, Baker shouldn’t have had a problem with points. It was just a bad year overall. He was 20th in fantasy last year. He was 2nd in INTs behind Jameis Winston, but only 18th in TDs. He was only 14th in passing yards as well. These stats are less than ideal. But hopefully, this is due to bad coaching by Freddie Kitchens and not necessarily not all on Baker.

Final Assessment

There’s no doubt that Baker Mayfield can be higher than 20th in fantasy QBs, but how much is the question. I would personally have him around 10th. That is a nice sizable jump and is realistic. He still has Odell and Jarvis to throw to, and now Austin Hooper and David Njoku along with that, Baker Mayfield has plenty of options to throw to. One thing that could inhibit his fantasy production is the emergence of Nick Chubb, who’s arguably better than Saquon Barkley. He’ll be looking to continue his fantasy production in 2020. I wouldn’t say that Baker Mayfield needs to be one of the first QBs off the board, but Baker Mayfield might be a diamond in the rough this year after disappointing last year.