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

Pittsburgh Steelers (vs Carolina Panthers)

QB Ben Roethlisberger: We expect the Steelers to be playing from behind, but that's the only thing we like about this matchup. It's going to be a long night for Big Ben. ( 276 yds pass with 1.2 TDs; 6 yds rush )

RB Le'Veon Bell: The talent is legit, but this is a brutal matchup. Start him, just keep expectations tempered. ( 72 yds rush; 3.73 catches for 40 yds )

RB LeGarrette Blount: ( 22 yds rush; for 4 yds )

RB Dri Archer: ( 4 yds rush; for 4 yds )

WR Antonio Brown: He is the best receiver under six feet high in the game, this is a difficult matchup but he's starting anyway. ( 1 yd rush; 7.26 catches for 91 yds )

WR Markus Wheaton: This would be a good week to seek alternatives, the volume will be there as the Steelers play catch up but this matchup is rough. ( 3 yds rush; 5.12 catches for 51 yds )

WR Lance Moore: ( 2.63 catches for 29 yds )

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: ( for 5 yds )

TE Heath Miller: We don't expect there to be many scoring opportunities for the Steelers so between that and matching up vs. Kuechly we recommend looking elsewhere. ( 6.35 catches for 67 yds )

TE Matt Spaeth: ( for 3 yds )

TE Michael Palmer: ( for 1 yd )

PK Shaun Suisham: It's going to be a long night for the black and gold, look elsewhere. ( 2 XPs, 1.2 FGs )

Def Pittsburgh Steelers: We expect the Panthers to run circles around this over matched unit, look somewhere else. (, 2.3 sacks )



Cleveland Browns (vs Baltimore Ravens)

QB Brian Hoyer: Credit where credit is due, he did what he needed to do to get the Browns a win week two. Still not doing anything to consider him as a fantasy starter though. ( 200 yds pass; 6 yds rush )

QB Johnny Manziel: ( 9 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Ben Tate: We expect him to be held out until after the Browns week four bye.

RB Terrance West: The offense goes as the running games goes. The Ravens will be a more challenging task than the Saints though. ( 57 yds rush; 2.43 catches for 21 yds )

RB Isaiah Crowell: He's still just waiver wire watch list fodder, but the talent is real. ( 25 yds rush; 1.45 catches for 10 yds )

WR Miles Austin: The volume is there, but he is a shell of his former self. he isn't an option yet. ( 1 yd rush; 3.9 catches for 51 yds )

WR Andrew Hawkins: Hopefully he isn't needed yet, but the bye weeks are coming and then he will be valuable. ( 5 catches for 58 yds )

WR Travis Benjamin: ( 2 yds rush; 2.45 catches for 24 yds )

WR Taylor Gabriel: ( 1.55 catches for 9 yds )

WR Marlon Moore: ( for 3 yds )

TE Jordan Cameron: We expect Cameron to return for the Browns division rival, plan to deploy him as you usually would but keep expectations tempered and monitor the injury report this week.

TE Jim Dray: ( 3.22 catches for 37 yds )

TE Gary Barnidge: ( 1.07 catches for 12 yds )

PK Billy Cundiff: The offense is still not strong enough for us to feel comfortable recommending him yet. ( 2.06 XPs, 1.56 FGs )

Def Cleveland Browns: The Browns are going to win games on the heels of their defense as long as Gordon is out and week two was no exception. We don't feel as good about this unit this week though. (, 2.8 sacks )



Cincinnati Bengals (vs Tennessee Titans)

QB Andy Dalton: Operation decrease Dalton's workload is in full effect, expect more of the same vs. a team strong against the pass. ( 246 yds pass with 1.06 TDs; 10 yds rush )

QB Jason Campbell: ( 25 yds pass; 3 yds rush )

RB Giovani Bernard: Just like last week, we expect a field day from Bernard vs. an over matched opponent. ( 71 yds rush; 3.9 catches for 40 yds )

RB Jeremy Hill: A big lead led to more touches, but until Hill gets a big role in a close game we cannot recommend starting him. His upside just isn't high enough... yet. ( 37 yds rush; for 7 yds )

WR A.J. Green: Monitor his injured foot, but he gets the stud treatment. if he is active you're starting him. ( 1 yd rush; 5.09 catches for 67 yds )

WR Mohamed Sanu: Even with A.J. Green he is interesting, but the possibility of no Green makes Sanu a starting consideration, even in a difficult matchup. ( 2 yds rush; 3.28 catches for 31 yds )

WR Dane Sanzenbacher: ( 1 yd rush; 2.88 catches for 27 yds )

WR Brandon Tate: ( for 10 yds )

WR James Wright: ( for 1 yd )

TE Jermaine Gresham: Despite Eifert out of the way, Gresham remained primarily a blocker. Look elsewhere. ( 4.89 catches for 51 yds )

PK Mike Nugent: The missed field goals are troubling, but the opportunities are plentiful enough to justify giving him another shot. ( 2.66 XPs, 1.52 FGs )

Def Cincinnati Bengals: A hot start and sluggish opponent make this unit a must start. (, 1.95 sacks, 1.51 INTs )



Baltimore Ravens (vs Cleveland Browns)

QB Joe Flacco: Flacco has had a lot of success vs. the Browns. Owners in two QB leagues should deploy away, but owners in regular leagues should look elsewhere unless they fell victim to the RG3 injury. ( 214 yds pass; 4 yds rush )

QB Tyrod Taylor: ( 3 yds pass; 9 yds rush )

RB Justin Forsett: We warned against putting too much faith in him last week, he's a flex play at best. ( 52 yds rush; 4.24 catches for 21 yds )

RB Bernard Pierce: It's only a matter of time before he loses touches to Lorenzo Taliaferro. ( 38 yds rush; for 6 yds )

RB Lorenzo Taliaferro: ( 4 yds rush; for 3 yds )

WR Torrey Smith: Different week, same story. boom or bust. Good luck. ( 5.34 catches for 79 yds )

WR Steve Smith: Eventually Flacco will stop calling his number in the red zone, but he is proving valuable between the twenties. Expect him to take advantage of the young Browns secondary. ( 6.37 catches for 76 yds )

WR Marlon Brown: ( 3.3 catches for 32 yds )

WR Jacoby Jones: ( 2.62 catches for 24 yds )

WR Deonte Thompson: ( for 6 yds )

TE Dennis Pitta: The Steelers chose to focus on Pitta, so Daniels got the call last week. Frustrating, but don't let that impact decision making this week. Deploy Pitta away! ( 4.7 catches for 51 yds )

TE Owen Daniels: He showed last week that he still has it, deep league players should consider adding and stashing. ( 3.38 catches for 25 yds )

PK Justin Tucker: The Ravens red zone problems are going to lead to opportunities for Tucker and in a game the Ravens should win that means good things for his owners. ( 1.95 XPs, 2.12 FGs )

Def Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens are coming off extended rest and are usually successful against Cleveland. However, a road game against a conservative offense (Hoyer has not thrown an INT in his last four starts) is a tough spot to start them. Keep them on your roster, but if you must start them keep expectations tempered for this week. (, 1.06 INTs )



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