Pryor performed as the No. 1 receiver for the Browns, and while he delivered good enough numbers for Fantasy fans, he really could have been so much better.
All four of his touchdowns came in the red zone, but he only had 13 red-zone targets thanks in part to, well, playing on the Browns. It’s not like Cleveland had competent quarterbacks — the ones they did have threw to Pryor behind a depleted offensive line and led to a 55.0 percent catch rate. That includes 10 completions on 29 deep targets.
By comparison, Cousins had 80 red-zone pass attempts last year and connected for 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. He was even better than that the year before (22 touchdowns, no interceptions in the red zone). And of six teammates with at least 40 receptions in 2016, five had a catch rate of 67.7 percent or better from Cousins.
Pryor has a better quarterback in an offense that should throw the ball a bunch. But best of all, Pryor won’t have to absorb all of the defense’s attention. This is an offense with Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder — they’ll draw bodies away from Pryor everywhere on the field including the red zone.
Pryor probably won’t get quite as many targets as he did in 2016, but he’ll have a significantly higher catch rate with Cousins than he would have with whoever the Browns end up starting. He should also be much more involved in the red zone, creating more touchdown opportunities.
So long as Cousins is his quarterback, Pryor should exceed the 1,000 yards he had with the Browns and at least double the four touchdowns as well. After all, not only will Pryor be in “prove it” mode with his one-year deal, but so too will his quarterback.
Pryor is a Top 50 Fantasy option. Lock him in as a No. 2 wideout with a Round 4 pick.