Until Ricardo Louis finds regular playing time with the Browns and puts up good numbers, Fantasy owners shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Louis, who failed to make a catch on two targets during Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, finishes the season with 27 receptions for 357 yards. Louis set career highs in receptions (27), targets (61) and yards (357), but ended the season as the Browns' fourth wideout behind Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman and Rashard Higgins. He hauled in just one pass over the final six games of the season, and will most likely have to battle for a roster spot in 2018.
Louis played just four offensive snaps and finished without a catch or target during Sunday's 27-21 overtime loss to Green Bay. Josh Gordon and Rashard Higgins have jumped past Louis on the depth chart, so much so that the second-year pro out of Auburn is having a tough time finding the field. The 23-year-old has just one reception over his past three games, and Sunday marked his second straight game without a target. Coach Hue Jackson has been fluid with his wide receivers all year long, so there's still hope Louis gets involved again, but his involvement would be limited to the No. 3 wideout spot if that should happen.
Louis caught two passes (six targets) for 15 yards during Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Lions. Louis played 74 percent of Cleveland's offensive snaps, though he had a tough time getting in sync with DeShone Kizer (ribs). The 23-year-old accumulated his lowest receiving yards since Week 3 and has hauled in just four of his last 12 targets. He still remains the Browns' No. 1 wideout, and with the way Kizer looked Sunday, bigger things could be on the way for Louis.
Louis brought in three of seven targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Texans. Louis drew the start with Kenny Britt (knee/groin) out again, but he couldn't parlay the opportunity into any meaningful production. The 23-year-old had been on the rise coming into Week 6, as he'd posted 10 receptions for 135 yards over the previous two games. Despite the disappointing outcome Sunday, he'll look to bounce back against a vulnerable Titans secondary in Week 7, although a return to game action for Britt would presumably affect Louis' snaps and targets to a degree.
Louis will again draw a start for the Browns on Sunday with Kenny Britt (knee/groin) inactive, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Louis was the team's leading receiver Week 5 against the Jets, and once again appears poised to play a meaningful role in the passing game. With Britt on the shelf due to both knee/groin ailments and overall ineffectiveness, the Browns may continue to lean on Louis, even with new quarterback Kevin Hogan under center. Through five weeks, Louis leads the Cleveland receivers in snaps (219), targets (28) and receptions (15), and that pattern should continue Sunday against a Houston defense that has given up five touchdowns to opposing wideouts on the year.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|3||09/21||New York Jets||19||20.00|
|6||10/14||Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|7||10/21||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|9||11/04||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||48||22||281||0||12||12.77||28|