Complete AFC North Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Steelers, Browns, Ravens and Bengals this season…

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have all the right pieces to pile up points and breeze through the regular season on their way to another AFC North title. They’re a serious Super Bowl contender, too, but they’ll have to clear all the necessary hurdles to get there first.

Baltimore Ravens

The organization has declined to make big changes the past two years amid fan discontent, maintaining that the team was one or two plays short of making the playoffs. However, the Ravens are 40-40 in the regular season since winning Super Bowl XLVII. Their roster hasn’t been good enough to compete with the top teams in the AFC, and the latest version is again lacking in elite difference makers. If QB Joe Flacco stops the regression and rediscovers an ability to connect on big plays with a new-look receiving corps, this team will compete for a playoff berth. If he doesn’t, the Ravens will remain mired in mediocrity, the Lamar Jackson era at quarterback will start sooner and other changes will occur.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals didn’t make many changes after a disappointing season, underscoring a sense of confidence that they have the right coach and right players to get the team back to where it expects to be. If a few close games break their way, the Bengals could easily turn 7-9 into 9-7 and put themselves back in the mix as a Wild Card contender.

Cleveland Browns

The roster is better, even without future hall of famer Joe Thomas. GM John Dorsey needed to add experience, even if he didn’t add a bunch of blue-chip players. This will still be one of the league’s youngest teams, but it has improved at quarterback, wide receiver and in the secondary — all critical areas in a passing league. The Browns believe they have more offensive playmakers than they’ve had in years and will be able to run the ball once the new linemen and RB Nick Chubb develop some chemistry. The quarterback question still lingers — and likely will continue to with Baker Mayfield looming as the eventual starter.

The Browns probably aren’t a playoff team, and they might not even escape the AFC North basement. But they’ll win some games and hope to position themselves as a playoff team for 2019. Whether or not head coach Hue Jackson is still around then remains to be seen.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft

AFC North

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and its time for teams to make critical acquisition for the next season and future.  FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. You will be able to look at the improvements each AFC North could make during the draft. Now let’s check out what the AFC North needs for the future in this NFL Fantasy Football Draft.

Cincinnati Bengals

The main thing for the Bengals this campaign would be to solidify their Defense. An upper-echelon safety would really solve a lot of defensive issues. While their Center Russell Bodine is being pushed around far up front a bit too often, they will most likely not ignore that position. With A.J. Green as their main wide receiver, it seems like not all his wide receiving teammates will be retained due to free agency. Free agency and and the age could potentially lead the Bengals to a few linebackers and some strength in defensive tackling with one of their draft picks.

Top 3 round picks: 24th and 55th, 87th selections.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens need some serious help in their defensive backfield with threats such as Antonio Brown and A.J. Green in their division. Terrell Suggs’ injury will definitely make them go on the hunt for a pass rusher. We’re waiting to see what Breshad Perriman is capable but a good form from their QB Joe Flacco won’t hurt.

Top 3 round picks: 6th and 36th, 70th selections.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers cannot stop the pass and there hasn’t really been many turnovers in the CB position. This year however, you might see some new blood added and not just for depth purposes, but as potential long-term starters. To go along with some new corner backs, the Steelers might be on the lookout for Will Allen’s eventual replacement if they find a safety talented enough. The absence of Ben Roethlisberger for four games in 2015 highlighted the need for the Steelers to find a capable, young backup to groom and it might be time to find a left guard to challenge Ramon Fosterfor the starting role.

Top 3 round picks: 25th and 58th, 89th selections.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland have learned their lesson when they took a swing at a franchise QB 2 years ago. They must keep trying to find that guy but with good due diligence. They will need to get some solid defensive addition that could help them stop the run. The departures of Travis Benjamin and Alex Mackand as well as Mitchell Schwartz will create need for their immediate . They must keep trying to find that guy. How do the Browns do a better job of stopping the run? Well, new talent might be nice. The departures of WR Travis Benjamin, C Alex Mackand OT Mitchell Schwartz have created a more immediate need at their positions.

Top 3 round picks: 8th and 32nd, 65th selections.

 

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FANTASY FOOTBALL AFC NORTH REVIEW

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Fantasy Football AFC North Review

The AFC North saw Cincinnati and Pittsburgh enter the playoffs, this past year. Baltimore and especially Cleveland sunk in the bottom of the standing, with both team having to deal with more than football trouble.

  • Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)

It was more of the same for the Cincinnati Bengals. Making it through to the Wild Card round of the playoffs for the fifth straight year, but falling short a first playoff win in over 25 years. Even though they took the top spot in the AFC East, they’ve lost to their divisional rivals, Pittsburgh Steelers, in the first playoff game. Since taking over the team in 2003, Marvin Lewis racked up a 0-7 record in the post-season. He has the most playoffs losses among coaches that have never won a single post-season game. We can help but to feel for the guy.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

It was a battle for “Big Ben”, throughout the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback dealt with a sprained MCL early in the season, resulting him missing four games. The result was not too bad though, as the combo of Michael Vick and Landry Jones were 2-2. Antonio Brown proved once again why he is the best wide receiver in the league, collecting a total of 1,834 rushing yards and 10 TD’s against the best defensive oppositions.

  • Baltimore Ravens (5-11)

With so much expectation coming from countless predictors, with even some speculating a Super Bowl appearance, it was nothing more than a disappointment for the Baltimore Ravens. It’s been a season riddled with injuries for John Harbaughs team. No less than 22 of their players were placed under the injured reserve list. QB Joe Flacco, RB Justin Forsett and OLB Terrell Suggs were among those who left sometime during the season, due to injury, and never came back. It was the first time in eight years, under the coaching of Harbaugh that the Ravens suffered a losing season.

  • Cleveland Browns (3-13)

The Johnny Manziel experiment proved to be a complete failure. The one who was supposed to reinvigorate Cleveland with new life wasn’t able to keep his personal life in check and did little on the gridiron to warrant himself a franchise tag. The Browns finished tied with the Tennessee Titans for worst in the NFL. The team took no time to fire head coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer after the end of the season.

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Baltimore Ravens versus Cleveland Browns Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-30-2015

The AFC North division will be showcased on Monday Night Football as the Cleveland Browns will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens. DFS GMs can tune to ESPN TV on November 30th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league fantasy rosters.

These two division rivals had their first meeting back on October 11th and it was the Cleveland Browns earning the 33-30 victory on the road in overtime. It was a strong offensive performance by the Browns who produced 505 yards of offense. The run game only produced 83 yards on 25 carries so the Cleveland damage was done through the air. Veteran Josh McCown completed 36 of his 51 throws in the game for 457 yards with two touchdowns. With Johnny Manziel being demoted to the third string it will be Josh McCown getting the start on Monday night football in this game. Baltimore has success on the ground in defeat as they ran for 181 yards. Problem is Justin Forsett is out for the season now due to injury and he piled up 121 rushing yards and a touchdown in that meeting with Cleveland on October 11th. Joe Flacco threw for 210 yards and a touchdown but bad news for the Ravens last week as Flacco was lost to the season to a knee injury in their win against the St Louis Rams.

It has been a bad season for the Ravens. They enter Monday Night Football with a record of 3-7 and are 1-4 on the road. The team got off to a 0-3 start and was 1-6 after seven weeks of the season. Ravens have had a difficult time defending the pass this year as they surrender 257 yards through the air per game ranking 24th in the NFL. Opponents score 25 points per game on the Baltimore defense which ranks 23 in the league.

It is another bad season for the Cleveland Browns. The club is a disappointing 2-8 and is 1-3 on their home turf. Even with this poor record the Las Vegas oddsmakers have still listed the team as a -3 ½ point favorite for this game. The Browns have struggled on both sides of the football. They are 27th in total offense by gaining 335 yards per game. They run poorly for just 75 yards per game which is 31st and second to last in the NFL which contributes to 18.6 points per game average ranking 28th in the league. The Brown defense has digressed from previous seasons. They are 30th in both total and scoring defense by surrendering 407 yards and 27.7 points per game. Cleveland allows 27.7 points per game which is 30th and third to last in the NFL.  With games held in Cleveland in late November the weather could be a big factor for fantasy football draft managers. There is rain in the forecast after midnight but the temperatures will be OK at 44 degrees.

Cleveland Browns QB:

Josh McCown

McCown appears to be the best option at quarterback as the present time for the Browns. On the year he is completing 65% of his throws for 1897 yards with 11 touchdowns and four picks. The one thing Cleveland does is pass the football as they are 11th in the NFL in passing offense.

Cleveland Browns RB:

Isaiah Crowell

The Browns run terribly. Crowell has the most carries for the team in 2015 with 107 for 328 yards and a touchdown. He rushes for just 3.1 yards a carry.

Cleveland Browns WR:

Travis Benjamin

The four year veteran has caught 48 passes for 736 yards with four touchdowns. He averages 15.3 yards a catch.

Baltimore Ravens QB:

Matt Schaub

The veteran takes over for an ailing Joe Flacco. Schaub has seen no action in 2015. Last year with the Raiders he lost his starting job in preseason and was a backup to Derek Carr and passed for only 57 yards.

Baltimore Ravens RB:

Javorius Allen

Rookie Javorius Allen takes over for an injured Justin Forsett. He rushes against the worst team against the run on Monday.

Baltimore Ravens WR:

Kamar Allen

With Steve Smith Sr. injured Allen is the leader of the activated wide outs with 37 catches for 456 yards and three touchdowns.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Josh McCown (Browns)

RB: Javorius Allen (Ravens)

WR: Travis Benjamin (Browns)

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