Edwin Baker's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 15

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2013

Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Edwin Baker (27) makes a catch against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

America, meet Edwin Baker. 

The Cleveland Browns running back—who, let's be honest, most of us had never heard of heading into Week 15—planted himself on the fantasy football radar against the Chicago Bears, rushing for a third-quarter touchdown.    

In all, he rushed eight times for 28 yards and the score and added four receptions for 46 yards. To say it ended a bit of a scoring drought for the runner would be an understatement.

From Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated:

So who is Baker?

Well, one of the reasons you aren't familiar with him is that he was making his NFL debut against the Bears. He played his college ball for Michigan State and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 draft by the San Diego Chargers, but he spent 15 weeks on the practice squad and was inactive twice.

He then had stints on the Denver Broncos' and Houston Texans' practice squads before being signed to the Browns this week.

And now, much to the chagrin of Chris Ogbonnaya owners everywhere, he has his first NFL touchdown. Not a bad way to introduce yourself to the country, huh?

Keep tabs on Baker heading into Week 16. He already led the team in carries early in the second half, and a strong showing could earn him more opportunities next week.

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