AFC NORTH TEAMS’ FANTASY RELEVANT PLAYERS

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Here is my continuation of breaking down each team and their fantasy relevant players. Here are the most fantasy relevant players in the AFC North.

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben finally came back last year after talking about retiring again. Good thing for you as he put up 5,129 passing yards and 34 touchdowns for your fantasy team. This year however will look a little different. He lost the best wide receiver in the game, Antonio Brown (traded to the Oakland Raiders), arguably a top 3 running back, Le’Veon Bell (signed with the New York Jet) and he is another year older. He still can throw the deep ball which is good because is receiving core is very young and very fast. Don’t look for record breaking numbers from Big Ben but he will put up solid stats this year. If you draft him he’ll be a good weekly starter but be ready to stream a week or two because he does have off games. Stat projection: 4,900 passing yards and 30 touchdowns

RB James Conner

Last year Conner was looking over his shoulder every week wondering if Bell would come back and take his job. Well he didn’t. This year and this job is all about Conner. His stats last year 973 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns, 55 catches, 497 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown are going to go up big time. He has no one to worry about stealing his job and he has a full year in of running in the offense. He is a solid RB 1 your team. If you like the Zero WR drafting style Conner is for you. Grab him, don’t let go, and enjoy the ride to the playoffs. Stat projection: 1,200 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns, 65 catches, 550 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns

WR JuJu Smith Schuster

This is JuJu’s year. He is now the WR 1 on the team. Time to put your money where your mouth is. His stats last year were 111 catches, 1,426 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns. He is fast, electric, great route runner, and loves the long ball. Everything you want as your WR 1 on your fantasy team. Just be cautious of the possibility of him seeing more double teams, possibly lead to lesser stats. Don’t let him pass you in the draft. Stat projection: 120 catches, 1,500 yards, and 10 touchdowns

WR James Washington

This will be his second year in the league and for his rookie season his numbers weren’t too bad, 16 catches, 217 yards, and 1 touchdown. As of now he is the team’s WR 2. But don’t be surprised if he slips down to the WR 3 because the Steelers signed Donte Moncrief this off season. Washington will be a good bye week filler, bench filler, maybe even trade bait for you. Draft him but don’t expect too much from him this year. Stat projection: 30 catches, 600 yards, and 5 touchdowns

WR Donte Moncrief

He is on his third team in as many years. Last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars and year before that the Indianapolis Colts. With the Jaguars he only had 48 catches, 668 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Not the best showing but he also didn’t have the best quarterback, Blake Bortles. But all has changed and he has Big Ben throwing him the ball. He is a good fantasy sleeper this year. He’ll slowly move up the points board throughout the year, because he will be the team’s PPR machine. Dink and dunks and touchdowns. If you play PPR then he will be your guy. He’s a flex or bye week filler. Stat projection: 60 catches, 800 yards, and 8 touchdowns

TE Vance McDonanld

If you are still waiting on a tight end in your draft look no further than McDonald. He’s a solid route runner, great hands, oh and he can run you over like a mother… but anyway. They got rid of the other tight end Jesse James, that will Vance see more targets. His stats last year were 50 catches, 610 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Vance is a solid TE 1 weekly starter for you. Stat projection: 70 catches, 750 yards, and 7 touchdowns

Cleveland Browns

QB Baker Mayfield

The Browns are now Baker’s team to lead. Will he be able to do so and put up fantasy points for your team? Yes! Should you draft him before the 4th round? No! Even with a new head coach (new plays and schemes) Baker should not lose any stats from last year when he had 3,725 passing yards and 27 touchdown. If anything they will go up because the team added wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Baker will get you points in the air and on the ground. Stat projection: 4,200 yards and 35 touchdowns

RB Nick Chubb

In his rookie year last year Chubb tallied 996 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns, 20 catches, 149 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns. Pretty good for a rookie. Now that he has a year under his belt, a new head coach, and the passing game just opened up the box for him run, Chubb will go off this year. Don’t worry about follow back Duke Johnson or newly acquired RB Kareem Hunt taking to many touches away. Chubb is the team’s RB 1 back and he’s not looking back. He will be a solid RB 1 for your team and you’ll won’t be looking back either when you march into the playoffs with him. Stat projection: 1,200 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 15 catches, 120 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

RB Kareem Hunt

Well Hunt found his way onto a team after his offseason mishaps. The only problem is he will be sitting for the first 8 games. So how will he be fantasy relevant. Well last year in Kansas City he has 824 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns, 26 catches, 378 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns in 11 games. Cut those numbers in half and that’s still a decent back. If you want to draft him wait and wait some more. 8 games is a lot to sit on a player who is on your bench. By drafting him late your hoping he will out produce those backs around him. He should if given the opportunity. Chubb may not let him. If anything you will have a good handcuff and trade bait for the Chubb owners. Stat projection: 500 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns, 15 catches, 250 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns

WR Odell Beckham Jr

New team, check. New better, younger QB, check. Stud wide receiver, check. So what are you waiting for? Take him as your WR 1 and get into the playoffs. OBJ last year had 77 catches, 1,053 yards, and 6 touchdowns in 11 games with the New York Giants. Now he’s a Brown and healthy. He’s the team’s WR 1, has good hands, fast, can catch the deep ball and puts up great numbers. He speaks for himself. If he’s not one of the Top 3 WRs drafted this year, when I want to play in you league so I can win. Fire him up as your WR 1. Stat projection: 110 catches, 1,400 yards, 10 touchdowns

WR Jarvis Landry

After playing his first year with a rookie QB (Mayfield), Landry had 81 catches, 976 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Now he will have another full offseason to team up with Mayfield. And have some help with OBJ to take coverage away from him. Giving him more PPR options. Because Landry will lose double coverage by the defense, this allowing him to see more targets. Landry will be a solid WR 2 or flex form your fantasy team. Stat projection: 90 catches, 1,000 yards, and 8 touchdowns

TE David Njoku

There isn’t any reason (other than injury) that Njuko shouldn’t end up as a top 5 tight end. Another year with Mayfield, OBJ takes coverage away, and the running game will keep the defense honest watching for the run. All signs points to Njuko being your team’s TE 1. His stats last year 56 catches, 639 yards, and 4 touchdowns. These may dip a little because of OBJ but not too much. Stat projection: 50 catches, 600 yards, 5 touchdowns

Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson

He didn’t have the best rookie year but it wasn’t bad either, 1,201 passing yards, 6 touchdowns, 695 rushing yards, and 5 touchdowns. One of the big questions going into the season is, who is he going to throw to? He has some below average vets and a handful of rookies. Oh and about 75 tight ends. But none of them are saying watch out world he comes Jackson for 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. It’s unfortunate because he can throw the ball deep with the best of them. Too bad he’ll have to wait for his young receivers to catch up to it. Draft him as a streamer or bye week filler. Stat projection: 2,000 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 500 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns

RB Mark Ingram

After putting up 645 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns, 21 catches, 170 yards, and 1 touchdown in 12 games (4 game suspension) last year for the New Orleans Saints, Ingram finds himself on the Ravens. This is an excellent fit for him. A young QB (who still hasn’t been fully given the keys to the car), he’ll be the RB 1 on the team, and not too much pressure from the backups, all of this sets Ingram up for a big season. He is a solid RB 2 for your team. If you go with a Zero RB approach in your draft and he’s still there grab as your RB 1. Stat projection: 1,200 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns, 15 catches, 150 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown

The Ravens WRs Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin are rookies who you won’t want to draft this year. If they have any value it will be late in the year as a bye week filler or bench spot. The same really goes for the teams tight ends Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst too. Though both have potential to be by week filler by mid season.

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton is only mentioned in this article because he’s the starting quarterback and each quarterback will be mentioned. In no way do you want to draft him. It’s safe to say he probably won’t be on many teams unless you have a deep bench or play Super Flex. He’s not even worth the stream or bye week filler. Last year he had 2,566 yards and 21 touchdowns. Avoid him at all costs. Stat projection: 2,600 yards and 25 touchdowns

RB Joe Mixon

One of the few bright spots on the team. He is the team’s RB 1 and should be your’s too. His 1,168 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns, 43 catches, 296 receiving yards and 1 touchdown should get a slight bump this year as he is healthy and still the number one option in the offseason. If you go RB-RB in your draft he is a solid RB 2. Don’t be afraid to reach a little for him, you won’t be disappointed. Stat projection: 1,300 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns, 50 catches, 350 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns

WR AJ Green

Green is the other bright spot on the team. Yes he has been dealing with injuries is whole career, however he still produces. Because he’s the team’s best WR with 46 catches, 694 yards, and 6 touchdowns in 9 games. Coming into this year he is a weak WR 1 but a solid WR 2 for your fantasy team. If you draft Zero RB then grab him as your WR 2. But he may fall to you if you go RB- RB or RB-WR, because people are scared of his injuries. Let them worry while you take him to the playoffs. Stat projection: 90 catches, 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns

There are no fantasy relevant tight ends for the Bengals. Sure Eifert will be back but one can’t trust his injury history.

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