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AFC North Player Analysis
Mark Chamberlin,, Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Steelers (vs Houston Texans)

QB Ben Roethlisberger: Roethlisberger will have to navigate around J.J. Watt, but if successful this Texans pass defense is ripe for the picking. We really like this spot for Roethlisberger. ( 251 yds pass with 3 TDs and 1 Int; 5 yds rush )

RB Le'Veon Bell: Bell has been struggling to find the end zone, but the weekly production has maintained anyway. Deploy as you usually would, but until the offense gets on track, don't expect a breakout performance. ( 87 yds rush; 4 catches for 39 yds )

RB LeGarrette Blount: Desperation play only. ( 39 yds rush; 1 catch for 5 yds )

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

WR Antonio Brown: Expect fireworks, a lot of them. That's every week for Brown owner's though. ( 1 yd rush; 8 catches for 106 yds and 1 TD )

WR Markus Wheaton: The volume was there vs. Cleveland, but like previous weeks, the production was not. the quality of play on the field matched too. It's time to send Wheaton back to waivers. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 49 yds )

WR Justin Brown: ( 3 catches for 21 yds )

WR Lance Moore: ( 1 catch for 20 yds )

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

TE Heath Miller: We like him more than most tight ends with these sort of projections, but if he is your best option then you really need an advantage elsewhere. ( 5 catches for 52 yds )

TE Matt Spaeth: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Michael Palmer: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

PK Shaun Suisham: The Steelers continue to struggle when the field shrinks, so Suisham reminds a solid weekly gamble at kicker. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Pittsburgh Steelers: This defense is a mess, but they get a Ryan Fitzpatrick led offense in primetime at home. We think this is a worthwhile risk if options are limited, but be prepared for them to lay an egg if Bad Fitzpatrick decides to decline an appearance. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

Cleveland Browns (vs Jacksonville Jaguars)

QB Brian Hoyer: The only problem here is that the Browns are a running football team and the Jaguars can be beaten both via the run and the pass. We expect another efficient game from Hoyer, but it will be just an average day in fantasy. ( 256 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 4 yds rush )

QB Johnny Manziel: ( 7 yds pass )

RB Ben Tate: He's had more than 20 carries in consecutive weeks, since returning from a knee injury. Against the Jaguars? Enjoy the ride! ( 65 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 13 yds )

RB Isaiah Crowell: The quantity of touches and ball security, are concerning enough for us to say he is at best a flex, despite the matchup. Even if he hits pay dirt again, his upside is capped. ( 46 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Terrance West: Now would be a great time for dynasty owners to buy as his value tanked on the heels of his deactivation for a bad week of practice. That said, redraft owners that are still hanging on, need to move on to the next guy. ( 28 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Andrew Hawkins: Review his targets per game, week 6 vs. Pittsburgh is the outlier. In this matchup he's still a sneaky play. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 61 yds )

WR Miles Austin: The floor is too low and the ceiling isn't high enough, despite the matchup. ( 3 catches for 35 yds )

WR Taylor Gabriel: Gabriel needs to start creeping onto your waiver wire radar. His routes are typically of the high variance type (down field), but the potential is there for a breakout game given his skill set. ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 37 yds )

WR Travis Benjamin: ( 2 yds rush; 2 catches for 26 yds )

WR Marlon Moore: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Jordan Cameron: Cameron owners should thank Troy Polamolu for his putrid coverage on Cameron's two big plays. The lack of volume remains an issue going forward, but in this matchup he is a must start. ( 5 catches for 67 yds )

TE Jim Dray: ( 2 catches for 21 yds )

TE Gary Barnidge: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

PK Billy Cundiff: The offense is now clicking on all cylinders, with the upcoming schedule feel free to deploy him through October. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Cleveland Browns: Owners who picked up Cleveland prior to week 6 had their eye on this matchup against a team full of rookies. However, this unit is very banged up right now, so we caution depending on them at this moment. Follow the injury reports throughout the week. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )

Cincinnati Bengals (vs Indianapolis Colts)

QB Andy Dalton: Credit where credit is due, great job out of Dalton to lead an offense to that performance vs. Carolina despite being down three of his top four options in the passing game. That said, it's going to be tougher sledding on the road this week. We recommend looking elsewhere. ( 240 yds pass with 1 TD and 2 Ints; 12 yds rush )

QB Jason Campbell: ( 25 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Giovani Bernard: Gio got a little dinged up vs. Carolina, so monitor the injury report this week but if all systems are go, then he's in the starting lineup. ( 57 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 32 yds )

RB Jeremy Hill: To be safe, Gio owners should handcuff Hill through waivers this week, if he's available. He doesn't have stand alone value, but he's a great insurance policy. ( 38 yds rush; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB Cedric Peerman: ( 2 yds rush )

WR A.J. Green: Based on what A.J. Green has said, we do not expect him to play this week. We will update here once more is known.

WR Marvin Jones: Given the lack of information being disclosed about Jones' injury it'd be best to just drop him if he's still hanging around your roster.

WR Mohamed Sanu: We expected a big week from Sanu, but 18 TARGETS!?!? Well, as long as Green and Jones are out, start him, no matter the matchup. ( 1 yd rush; 7 catches for 85 yds and 1 TD )

WR Dane Sanzenbacher: ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 38 yds )

WR James Wright: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 18 yds )

WR Brandon Tate: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

TE Jermaine Gresham: The problem with Gresham's game last week is that is his ceiling. There are better risks to take. ( 4 catches for 45 yds )

TE Kevin Brock: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

PK Mike Nugent: Nugent has the yips, we can't recommend him until he shows that he is over it because the Bengals are going to be more hesitant to kick field goals with him too. ( 3 XPs, 1 FG and 1 missed FG )

Def Cincinnati Bengals: This unit has struggled consecutive weeks and now they get Andrew Luck in his house. Look elsewhere. ( 1 sack, 1 INT )

Baltimore Ravens (vs Atlanta Falcons)

QB Joe Flacco: We expected a good week from Flacco, but...not that! Expect him to take a step back to Earth this week, but we expect another quality performance in what should be a relatively high scoring game. ( 256 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 5 yds rush )

QB Tyrod Taylor: ( 4 yds pass; 9 yds rush )

RB Justin Forsett: The quantity of touches are concerning, but he's been efficient with them and gets a soft Falcons run defense this week. He's certainly flex worthy and perhaps a bit more. ( 60 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 15 yds )

RB Lorenzo Taliaferro: He's waiver wire fodder, but keep him on the watch list. Pierce was once again inefficient with his touches, so Taliaferro in theory should get another opportunity sooner rather-than later. ( 45 yds rush; 2 catches for 10 yds )

RB Bernard Pierce: The only good thing that can be said about Pierce's 15 touch performance vs. Tampa Bay is he scored. Don't trust him this week or anytime soon. ( 35 yds rush; 2 catches for 9 yds )

RB Kyle Juszczyk: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

WR Steve Smith: Torrey Smith was the story yet the other Smith still produced the same total points. He's still the Ravens number one. ( 6 catches for 84 yds and 1 TD )

WR Torrey Smith: The Ravens made a point of it to get Smith involved early on vs. Tampa Bay. Don't take that as a sign to start him though. He needs another strong performance, and more targets, before going down that well again. ( 4 catches for 51 yds and 1 TD )

WR Marlon Brown: ( 2 catches for 23 yds )

WR Jacoby Jones: ( 2 catches for 19 yds )

WR Kamar Aiken: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE Owen Daniels: The Falcons numbers vs. the tight end suggest they're strong, but the personnel doesn't fit as the Falcons have coverage issues at both linebacker and safety. Still, Daniels needs to show something before considering him in the lineup. ( 4 catches for 38 yds )

TE Crockett Gillmore: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

PK Justin Tucker: He's been rewarding owner's for weeks and against the Falcons sieve of a defense this week should be no exception. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Baltimore Ravens: This defense is on a roll and now they get Matt Ryan away from his friendly confines in Atlanta. The matchup may not be great, but the waiver wire does not represent many good options this week. We recommend sticking with them again. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

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