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Fantasy Watch: AFC North

Monday, August 04, 2014


All-Fantasy First Team

 

QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

RB1: Giovani Bernard, Bengals

RB2: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

WR1: A.J. Green, Bengals

WR2: Antonio Brown, Steelers

WR3: Torrey Smith, Ravens

TE: Jordan Cameron, Browns

D/ST: Bengals

K: Justin Tucker, Ravens

 

 

Other divisions: NFC North, NFC East, AFC East, AFC South, NFC South, NFC West, AFC West

 

 

Overrated

 

 

1. Andy Dalton, Bengals: Coming off a top-five fantasy QB finish but is nothing more than a middling QB2 in new run-oriented offense.

 

2. Steve Smith, Ravens: Will be the third or fourth option in the passing game after being top dog in Carolina over the past decade.

 

3. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals: Appears to have lost big-back, goal-line job to rookie Jeremy Hill and may not make roster.

 

4. Ray Rice, Ravens: Looked run-down last season and will serve a two-game suspension to open season. If Bernard Pierce shines, Rice may not get his job back.

 

5. Lance Moore, Steelers: Not playing in a Drew Brees-quarterbacked offense anymore, and is the No. 4 or 5 option in the passing game.

 

 

Underrated

 

1. Bernard Pierce, Ravens: Whipped himself back into shape and should start the opener with Ray Rice suspended. Natural fit for OC Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme.

 

2. Jeremy Hill, Bengals: Taking over big-back duties form the Law Firm and could flirt with 150-200 carries and 8-10 touchdowns in year one.

 

3. Torrey Smith, Ravens: Will be Gary Kubiak's new Andre Johnson as a target-hog receiver. Continues to make strides and is a definite threat for WR1 production.

 

4. Heath Miller, Steelers: Back and fully healthy after 2012 knee reconstruction. Should dominate targets in the red zone as a Ben Roethlisberger favorite.

 

5. Dennis Pitta, Ravens: Going to be fed the ball consistently in the short-intermediate game and red zone in new tight end-friendly offense.

 

 

Late-round fliers

 

1. LeGarrette Blount, Steelers: Clear No. 2 behind Le'Veon Bell and may even be given goal-line opportunities.

 

2. Markus Wheaton, Steelers: Replacing Emmanuel Sanders as the starter opposite Antonio Brown. Big-time burner who can blaze past slower corners.

 

3. Marvin Jones, Bengals: Touchdown-scorer and locked-in No. 2 receiver behind A.J. Green. Coming off a breakout sophomore season.

 

4. Andrew Hawkins, Browns: Jitterbug playmaker who's a threat for 80-plus grabs in a Josh Gordon-less offense. Only Jordan Cameron is ahead of him for targets.

 

5. Lorenzo Taliaferro, Ravens: With Ray Rice opening the season suspended, Taliaferro could see some short-yardage and third-down work if Justin Forsett doesn't pan out. The rookie is a hard-charging downhill runner.



Nick Mensio is a football writer for Rotoworld.com. The 2014 NFL season marks his third with Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter at @NickMensio.
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