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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NFL Week 16 Review

Washington Shows up when it Counts

The Redskins won a “must-win” game against the Eagles on Saturday night locking up their playoff position. Kirk Cousins continues on his hot streak. He threw for 365 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns totaling 32.2 fantasy points. He connected with the weekend leading tight end, Jordan Reed 9 times for 129 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns for 36.9 fantasy points.

Big upsets around the League

This week saw losses from the top teams all over the league. These teams are already locks in the playoffs though so who knows if they were playing at the full level. The first loss was the Patriots overtime loss against the Jets. Brady played the whole game and produced very poor numbers: 231 passing yards, 1 passing touchdowns, and an interception for only 14.8 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick for the Jets provided some good fantasy value with 3 passing touchdowns (2 to Marshall and 1 to Decker), with 296 passing yards for 26.9 fantasy points.

The next big upset was the Falcons taking down the undefeated Panthers. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones got back in sync with Ryan totaling 306 passing yards and a touchdown (19.2 fantasy points) while Julio had 178 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches (35.8 fantasy points). Cam Newton threw for only 142 passing yards, no touchdowns.

Lastly, the Seahawks, who have been red hot over the past 4 weeks, fail to generate much offense against the Rams. Doug Baldwin, who totals 10 receiving touchdowns over the previous 4 weeks scored only 1 this weekend for 1 of 2 passing touchdowns by Wilson.

Johnny Football plays Running Back

Manziel put up the worst game of the weekend as far as passing stats but he helped save a little fantasy value by running the ball. While passing only 136 yards and 1 interception, he ran for 108 rushing yards on 11 attempts. This brought his total score to 17 fantasy points.

Megatron gets some attention

Calvin Johnson put up a decent game this week after catching only 1 pass in each of the previous 2 weeks. He caught 6 passes for 77 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. This made 19.7 fantasy points. Far from the 3 touchdown game he put up on Thanksgiving, but an improvement.

Brees and Bortles Shootout

The Jaguars and Saints had a high scoring shootout game, which is no surprise with those aggressive quarterbacks and weak secondaries. Although injured, Brees threw for 412 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns in the win, totaling 31.5 fantasy points. One was a long 71 yard touchdown pass to Cooks, giving him a 5 catch, 123 yard, 1 touchdown game (26.3 fantasy points)

Bortles was less effective throwing 2 interceptions, but with 368 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns, he stayed close to Brees with 32 fantasy points.

Steelers finally stopped

Big Ben and Antonio Brown seemed unstoppable after putting up big numbers against the Broncos defense last weekend. They were finally stopped this weekend however by the likes of Baltimore. Roethlisberger only there for 215 yards and 2 interceptions, a measly 10.6 fantasy points. Brown had a touchdown get called back and ended the day with 7 receptions for 61 receiving yards and 13.1 fantasy points.

Cardinals and Vikings prove contenders

The Cardinals had a big 38 to 8 win over the Packers. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals prove to be serious contenders, especially with the other big teams showing poor results. There was no huge individual fantasy value in this game, only team contentions.

The Vikings won a blowout of their own winning 49 to 17 against the Giants. Minnesota was very effective running the ball with Peterson rushing 104 yards with a touchdown and McKinnon rushing 89 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Some Premium Receivers Deliver

Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes for 115 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. 31.5 fantasy points.

Deandre Hopkins caught 7 passes for 117 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. 24.7 fantasy points.

Julio Jones caught 7 passes for 178 receiving yards and a touchdown. 35.8 fantasy points.

Allen Robinson caught 6 passes for 151 receiving yards and a touchdown. 30 fantasy points.

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Cleveland Browns versus Cincinnati Bengals Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-5-2015

Thursday night football will feature two rivals from the AFC North as the Cincinnati Bengals will be home to meet the Cleveland Browns. DFS draft managers can tune to CBS TV on November 5th at 8:30PM Eastern Time from Cincinnati to track the scoring results of their fantasy football one day draft picks.

 

These two teams have split their two divisional meetings over the past five years. Cincinnati should be motivated in this spot because Cleveland went into Cincinnati last year and beat the Bengals 24-3. The Bengals are an undefeated football team entering Thursday night football with a record of 7-0. They come off a huge game at division rival Pittsburgh where they came away with the 16-10 victory that allowed the Bengals go up four games in the loss column over second place Pittsburgh in the AFC North division. The issue facing the Bengals is that if they are to earn a first round bye in the playoffs they will need to finish ahead of either New England or Denver but each of those teams are undefeated as well. Cincinnati has repeatedly said that post season success is a must this year so there is plenty to play for in this spot for the Bengals to bring focus. The team is solid on both sides of the football as they average 28.3 points a game good for third best in the league and they are seventh in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 18.9 points to their opponents.

 

The Cleveland Browns continues their struggle as a franchise. The club is 2-6 and looks like their losses in 2015 may end in double digits. They are 1-3 on the road this year. The team has lost three straight after a 34-20 home defeat last week to the Arizona Cardinals. The Browns defense was carved up by the Arizona dynamic passing game as Carson Palmer threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns. This is something that has to concern Cleveland in this spot as Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has just as many weapons in his disposal to exploit their defense plus Cincinnati has a better downhill running game. Another issue for Cleveland in this spot is their starting quarterback Josh McCown will miss the game due to injury and it will be second year signal caller Johnny Manziel getting the start. The Browns have been poor on both sides. They are 30th and third last in the NFL in total defense as their opponents put up 405 yards per game. Cleveland is 32nd and last in the league in run defense. Over on offense the Browns average 20.9 points a game which is 25th ranking and in the lower third of the NFL.

 

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

 

Andy Dalton

 

The veteran quarterback for Cincinnati is completing 66.2% of his throws for 1992 yards with 15 touchdowns and 4 picks. He had his worst game of the year last week in the win at Pittsburgh with 60% passing for 231 yards with a touchdown and two picks with a QB rating of 64.7.

 

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

 

Giovani Bernard

 

Bernard has been the most efficient back in the backfield for the Bengals with 78 carries for 439 yards with two touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.6 yards a carry.

 

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

 

A.J. Green

 

The leading wide out for the Bengals has caught 46 balls for 649 yards and four touchdowns. Green is averaging 14.1 yards per reception.

 

Cleveland Browns QB:

 

Johnny Manziel

 

Manziel has seen action in four games with one start. He has completed 56% of his throws on the campaign for 393 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. He started in week two at home to Tennessee where he completed 53.3% of his throws for 172 yards with two touchdowns and no picks in a 28-14 win.

 

Cleveland Browns RB:

 

Isaiah Crowell

 

The Browns 28 year old running back has 91 carries on the year for 295 yards with a touchdown. He is running for just 3.2 yards a carry. Crowell has ten receptions out of the backfield for 134 yards and a touchdown.

 

Cleveland Browns WR:

 

Travis Benjamin

 

Benjamin has grabbed 38 passes for 601 yards with four touchdowns. He is averaging 15.8 yards a catch on the year.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Cash Fantasy League Picks

QB: Andy Dalton (Bengals)

RB: Giovani Bernard (Bengals)

WR: A.J. Green (Bengals)

TE: Gary Barnidge (Browns)

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NFL Fantasy Sports Picks News 9-15-2015

Week 1’s NFL Top News Items

Dallas Wide Receiver Dez Bryant out 4-6 Weeks with a Broken Foot

The Dallas Cowboys will be without their talented wide out for a great deal of time. Up next for Dallas are the Philadelphia Eagles on the road in an NFC East battle.

Dez Bryant:

Last week against the Giants Bryant had five receptions for 48 yards. In 2014 the talented wide out caught 88 balls for 1320 yards with 16 touchdowns. He gained 15 yards per reception last year and that was a career high.

Terrance Williams:

The Cowboys starting wide out opposite Bryant may get more targets next week. Williams had five receptions against New York last week for 60 yards and three first down gains.

Matthew Stafford Elbow Problems

The Detroit Lions suffered an early scare when Matthew Stafford’s elbow made contact with the helmet of San Diego linebacker Melvin Ingram. Stafford has been dependable for the Lions but the signal caller was seen with a heavy wrap around his elbow following the game. This is something that fantasy football draft GM’s should stay on top of. The Lions are at Minnesota on Sunday.

Matthew Stafford:

Stafford in week one against San Diego went 19 for 30 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. The Lions are outscored 23-7 in the second half of a 33-28 defeat at the San Diego Chargers.

Dan Orlovsky:

Backup QB Dan Orlovsky is a veteran of already ten seasons in the league. He has seen action in 21 regular season games hitting on 58% of his passes with 14 touchdowns and 12 picks. The veteran last played in 2012 in mop up duty as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Josh McCown Suffers Concussion in Loss to New York Jets. Johnny Manziel will work with the First Team This Week.

McCown is under the concussion protocol and the Browns coaching staff indicating they are preparing to start Johnny Manziel on Sunday.

Josh McCown:

In week one in limited time before sustaining his injury McCown hit on 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards. He fumbled as he was trying to score a Browns touchdown near the end zone with the ball going out of the end zone as a touchback and going over to the Jets.

Johnny Manziel:

The second year quarterback completed 13 of 24 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown in relief of McCown. His downside was the three turnovers as he had an interception and two fumbles.

Arizona Starting Running Back Andre Ellington Could Miss 1-3 Weeks

The Cardinals starting running back has a PCL sprain that has been reported as mild. Ellington has not been ruled out for the Cardinals week two game at Chicago on Sunday.

Andre Ellington:

The running back is listed as questionable. Ellington had 12 carries against the Saints for 69 yards and a touchdown. He had one lost fumble.

Oakland Starting Quarterback Derek Carr’s Status Unknown for Sunday.

Derek Carr was forced to exit the Raiders loss at home to Cincinnati on Sunday with what has been reported as a bruised thumb.

Derek Carr:

In the week one loss to the Bengals Carr was 7 of 12 for 61 yards prior to exiting the game.

Matt McGloin:

McGloin in relief of Carr completed 23 of 31 passes for 142 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. He saw extended work in 2013 where he played in 7 games and completed 56% of his throws for 1547 yards with eight touchdowns and eight picks.

Houston Texan’s Starting Quarterback Up in the Air. Could be a Game Time Decision

Texan’s head coach Bill O’Brien indicated to the media on Monday that he undecided on his starting quarterback for Sunday. Brian Hoyer was ineffective last week in a loss to Kansas City at home while backup Ryan Mallet showed production in his six minutes of play last week.

Brian Hoyer:

In week one Hoyer went 18 of 34 for 236 yards with a touchdown and pick.

Ryan Mallett:

The fifth year pro in his limited time last week completed 8 of 13 passes for 98 yards with a touchdown.

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