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AFC North Player Analysis
Mark Chamberlin, FantasySharks.com, Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Steelers (vs Indianapolis Colts)

QB Ben Roethlisberger: As long as Antonio Brown is around he is a decent backup, but he is simply not productive throwing to anyone else. ( 238 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 5 yds rush )

RB Le'Veon Bell: His numbers don't say it, but he is running better than DeMarco Murray. ( 87 yds rush; 5 catches for 47 yds )

RB LeGarrette Blount: ( 37 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB Dri Archer: ( 7 yds rush; 1 catch for 3 yds )

WR Antonio Brown: Yes, it's a tough matchup. No, you're not benching him. ( 1 yd rush; 7 catches for 88 yds and 1 TD )

WR Markus Wheaton: Nothing official has been reported, but it appeared Wheaton was benched during the week seven game. He's waiver fodder at this point. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 40 yds )

WR Justin Brown: ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

WR Lance Moore: ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Martavis Bryant: He's limited to go routes right now, but as long as he gets a handful of deep looks per game he becomes an interesting guy to watch.

TE Heath Miller: He's better for the Steelers than for your fantasy team, he remains an uninteresting bye week/injury filler. ( 5 catches for 59 yds )

TE Matt Spaeth: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Michael Palmer: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

PK Shaun Suisham: The offense has really sputtered the last three weeks, so in a game they will likely be playing from behind we recommend looking elsewhere. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Pittsburgh Steelers: This unit is nowhere near what it once was and Andrew Luck is starting to play like the next great quarterback. They are not an option this week. ( 1 sack, 1 Fumble )



Cleveland Browns (vs Oakland Raiders)

QB Brian Hoyer: Last week exposed Hoyer's weaknesses: Without a strong running game he can be neutralized. A weaker opponent, Oakland, will help, but the Browns have their own issues caused by the loss of Alex Mack to overcome too. We say stay away. ( 240 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 4 yds rush )

QB Johnny Manziel: ( 6 yds pass )

RB Ben Tate: Do not expect the same offensive line this week as last week. Will it work? That's the 'who should I start?' question that needs answering. We lean yes. ( 68 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 13 yds )

RB Isaiah Crowell: The Browns got West involved again week seven and it negatively impacted everyone. Expect Crowell to get West's touches this week. ( 51 yds rush and 1 TD; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB Terrance West: ( 14 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

RB Glenn Winston: ( 2 yds rush; )

WR Andrew Hawkins: Pittsburgh was the anomaly, expect him to be the target leader until Gordon returns. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 54 yds )

WR Miles Austin: The big play ability is gone and he's not getting enough targets. ( 3 catches for 32 yds )

WR Taylor Gabriel: Displaying big play ability, but needs to turn one or two of his deep looks into six. ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 34 yds )

WR Travis Benjamin: ( 2 yds rush; 2 catches for 24 yds )

WR Marlon Moore: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Jordan Cameron: His blow up was caused by poor coverage from Troy Polamolu. We can't in good faith recommend him right now. ( 5 catches for 69 yds )

TE Jim Dray: ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

TE Gary Barnidge: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

PK Billy Cundiff: This is not a good spot to use Cundiff. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Cleveland Browns: This is not a slam dunk start due to the issues in the front seven, but the improved secondary play offers the potential for big play turnovers. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



Cincinnati Bengals (vs Baltimore Ravens)

QB Andy Dalton: This offense is lost right now and Dalton is a big reason why. Green getting healthy will obviously help, but this is not the week to deploy him. ( 246 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 11 yds rush )

QB Jason Campbell: ( 26 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Giovani Bernard: The Bengals offense is stuck in neutral and until it gets out, neither back will be a great start. Tough to bench Bernard given the weekly upside, but if you have options we think it'd be a good idea to sit him out this week. ( 50 yds rush; 3 catches for 27 yds )

RB Jeremy Hill: His value depends on the Bengals protecting a lead, so now is a bad time to consider starting him. ( 30 yds rush; 1 catch for 13 yds )

RB Cedric Peerman: ( 2 yds rush; )

WR A.J. Green: This is difficult to write, but he is not a slam dunk start this week. If he is active, then it really depends on alternatives as he won't be near 100%.

WR Mohamed Sanu: The Colts made Dalton try to beat them with someone else and it worked. Baltimore is an even tougher opponent, so we are less rosy on his outlook than we were in previous weeks. ( 1 yd rush; 6 catches for 74 yds and 1 TD )

WR Dane Sanzenbacher: ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 42 yds )

WR James Wright: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 21 yds )

WR Brandon Tate: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

TE Jermaine Gresham: The volume was there last week, but since it only produced 3.7 yards per target we don't expect them to repeat that game plan. ( 4 catches for 38 yds )

TE Kevin Brock: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

PK Mike Nugent: Nugent has a chase of the shanks and this offense is lost, not a good combination. ( 3 XPs, 1 FG and 1 missed FG )

Def Cincinnati Bengals: This unit has been scorched three weeks in a row and now get the hot Ravens. Resting them until they prove otherwise is the right play. ( 1 sack, 1 INT )



Baltimore Ravens (vs Cincinnati Bengals)

QB Joe Flacco: Flacco was on his way to his second straight big game, but the Falcons generating no offense rendering the Ravens passing game to the ground halted those plans. We think Flacco takes a step back this week, but still nets something serviceable. ( 264 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 4 yds rush )

QB Tyrod Taylor: ( 7 yds pass; 10 yds rush )

RB Justin Forsett: Forsett has stepped up as the lead in the committee, but this is not a great spot for him against a challenging opponent. ( 40 yds rush; 2 catches for 11 yds )

RB Lorenzo Taliaferro: Pierce has played poorly, but Taliaferro has not made it easy for his coaches to move on to the rookie, yet. ( 33 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Bernard Pierce: Meh. ( 27 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Kyle Juszczyk: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

WR Steve Smith: Two of his last three games have left something to be desired, but the targets (and upside) are still there. ( 5 catches for 67 yds and 1 TD )

WR Torrey Smith: He's been boom over bust the last two weeks, so owners want to start him again. Naturally, this will be a bust week. ( 3 catches for 46 yds and 1 TD )

WR Marlon Brown: ( 2 catches for 26 yds )

WR Jacoby Jones: ( 2 catches for 15 yds )

WR Kamar Aiken: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE Owen Daniels: Having tight end problems? This is your solution. Bengals are banged up through the middle of their defense and Daniels has produced lately.

TE Crockett Gillmore: ( 6 catches for 53 yds )

PK Justin Tucker: If there is such thing as a stud kicker -- he would be it. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Baltimore Ravens: On the road within the division we are expecting a step back this week, but given the Bengals issues on offense they are still a must start. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



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