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AFC North Player Analysis
Mark Chamberlin,, Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Steelers (vs Seattle Seahawks)

QB Ben Roethlisberger: He is excited to face the Seahawks and we are excited to see what he can do with the matchup. ( 278 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 4 yds rush )

QB Landry Jones: ( 34 yds pass )

QB Michael Vick: ( 14 yds pass; 3 yds rush )

RB DeAngelo Williams: He did not look right vs. the Browns, so we wouldn't read too much into his lackluster performance. The Seahawks are a tough opponent, but after a week off and given the alternatives at the running back position he should be starting for you. ( 86 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 27 yds )

RB Jordan Todman: ( 11 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Isaiah Pead: ( 1 yd rush; )

WR Antonio Brown: Yes, the matchup is brutal but Brown has a way of getting open and Big Ben is throwing the ball. ( 2 yds rush; 7 catches for 100 yds and 1 TD )

WR Martavis Bryant: Given the volume of targets he's gotten lately even with most of his opportunities being of the high variance variety he's a worthy start, even in this tough matchup. ( 2 yds rush; 3 catches for 56 yds and 1 TD )

WR Markus Wheaton: ( 2 catches for 26 yds )

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: ( 1 catch for 11 yds )

WR Sammie Coates: ( )

WR Jacoby Jones: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Heath Miller: With the Seattle pass rush and the home crowd that will inevitably create protection problems, we expect the Steelers to keep Miller in for blocking purposes early and often. ( 4 catches for 47 yds )

TE Matt Spaeth: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Chris Boswell: The Steelers were going for two again in situations that didn't necessarily call for it. Between that and a likely loss in Seattle we're not considering him this week. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Pittsburgh Steelers: This unit in Seattle? Pass. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

Cleveland Browns (vs Baltimore Ravens)

QB Josh McCown: With Manziel losing his job while on vacation it's McCown's show again. There will likely be some rust as he comes off injury, but this is a very favorable matchup. ( 246 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 10 yds rush )

QB Johnny Manziel: Beer funnels!! YES!! ( 112 yds pass and 1 Int; 7 yds rush )

QB Austin Davis: ( 30 yds pass )

RB Isaiah Crowell: It doesn't get much worse than Crowell's performance Week 10 vs. the Steelers. The Browns will utilize Duke Johnson more going forward, so we recommend staying away from Crowell for now. ( 34 yds rush; 1 catch for 12 yds )

RB Duke Johnson: One would think now would be a great time to expand his role in this offense, but since it should have been done more than a month ago we recommend keeping him stashed on the bench until the Browns actually give him more opportunities. ( 16 yds rush; 3 catches for 28 yds )

RB Glenn Winston: ( 5 yds rush; )

WR Travis Benjamin: We like Benjamin this week. The matchup is friendly and McCown is healthy for the first time since October. ( 6 catches for 78 yds )

WR Andrew Hawkins: ( 3 catches for 38 yds )

WR Brian Hartline: ( 3 catches for 40 yds )

WR Taylor Gabriel: ( 3 catches for 30 yds )

WR Marlon Moore: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Gary Barnidge: He and McCown have great chemistry, so don't think twice about starting Barnidge. ( 4 catches for 57 yds and 1 TD )

TE Jim Dray: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

TE E.J. Bibbs: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

PK Travis Coons: This offense struggles in the red zone, which is a good thing for a kicker. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Cleveland Browns: There will be lots of opportunities to take advantage of Schaub over the next few weeks, but this is not one of them. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

Cincinnati Bengals (vs Saint Louis Rams)

QB Andy Dalton: Dalton's performances have suffered as the competition has stiffened up over the last few weeks, but for the most part he has still been putting up fantasy points. The Rams are a tough out, so we wouldn't force him into the lineup but we wouldn't force him to the bench either. ( 206 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 14 yds rush )

RB Jeremy Hill: It was nice to see him hit pay dirt a couple of times vs. Arizona, but the yards per carry are still not there and he had another bonehead moment as he drew an unsportsman-like conduct penalty. Against a stiff front-four like the Rams have, we'd rather pursue alternatives. ( 31 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

RB Giovani Bernard: It was nice to see him heavily involved in the passing game again. The Rams also have a tendency to be beaten by guys like Bernard as they can get overly aggressive at times. Given the inconsistent performances lately we would not force him into your lineup, but if you're in a bind we think he is a reasonable gamble. ( 30 yds rush; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB Rex Burkhead: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Cedric Peerman: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR A.J. Green: We can't imagine a scenario in which we'd bench Green, but given the opponent and his recent production keep expectations tempered. This is a brutal matchup for him and we expect low numbers. ( 5 catches for 65 yds and 1 TD )

WR Marvin Jones: The targets have been more consistent lately, but he has been extremely inefficient lately. Part of that is on Dalton, but with this opponent? It's hard to recommend him in many scenarios. ( 3 catches for 36 yds )

WR Mohamed Sanu: ( 3 yds rush; 2 catches for 26 yds )

WR Brandon Tate: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Tyler Eifert: He's a red zone machine and the Rams have issues covering the tight end, at least relative to receivers anyway. Deploy as usual. ( 4 catches for 40 yds and 1 TD )

TE Tyler Kroft: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

PK Mike Nugent: We're wary points may be at a premium in this one, so if there are alternatives pursue them. ( 3 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Cincinnati Bengals: Whether they see Keenum or Foles we think the Bengals are a reasonable gamble this week. ( 3 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 Fumble )

Baltimore Ravens (vs Cleveland Browns)

QB Matt Schaub: Flacco was able to be productive enough with lackluster weapons around him, but (pick-six) Schaub? Not so much. Given the opponent he is a consideration in daily leagues due to cost alone, but regular leagues? Go down the rabbit hole with someone else. ( 233 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

RB Javorius Allen: Even though we are not a big fan of his talent and the offense will obviously suffer transitioning from Flacco to is the Browns. ( 59 yds rush; 3 catches for 24 yds )

RB Kyle Juszczyk: ( 4 yds rush; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB Raheem Mostert: ( 7 yds rush; 1 catch for 3 yds )

RB Terrance West: ( 12 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Kamar Aiken: There's some risk with the Ravens relying on Schaub going forward, but the volume of targets will still be there and this is a super soft matchup. ( 5 catches for 62 yds and 1 TD )

WR Chris Givens: We like the number of targets the last two weeks and the big play production, but we want production before recommending him as anything more than a hail mary option. ( 3 catches for 34 yds )

WR Marlon Brown: ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

WR Kaelin Clay: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Crockett Gillmore: With three consecutive mildly productive weeks in his pocket we expect Schaub to lean on him against a paltry Browns defense. ( 3 catches for 40 yds )

TE Maxx Williams: ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

TE Nick Boyle: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

PK Justin Tucker: Stud kicker and all, we don't feel great about him with Schaub under center, but against the Browns? Sure, what the heck. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Baltimore Ravens: This unit has played too poorly for most of the season to trust. ( 3 sacks, 1 Fumble )

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