There are plenty of AFC North players that you should consider drafting in your fantasy football draft. However, don’t make mistakes that many have made and choose mainly players from one offense like the Ravens. It doesn’t work.
Now, if you broaden your horizons a bit and choose players at the very least from all four AFC North teams, you have a sensational fantasy football team. Or you will if everyone stays healthy. Today’s post will tell you who we’re hot on in fantasy football among players in the AFC North.
You will get a few obvious names, but we will also touch on a few players you may have never expected. Are you ready to dig deep and discover who the best players are in the AFC North from a fantasy viewpoint? Then, keep reading below.
Lamar Jackson has epitomized what a fantasy football quarterback should look like. But be careful with Jackson. He’s sensational both in real life and fantasy football when asked to throw the ball fewer than 30 times per game. When teams force Jackson to throw, he’s not an effective quarterback.
J.K. Dobbins can save Jackson from the Bust Label given his unbelievable production in 2020. He galloped for 805 yards and averaged 6.0 yards per carry in the process. Dobbins scored 9 touchdowns too. He will develop into a solid RB1 in 2021.
Marquise Brown has more potential than many give him credit for. He’s no WR1 in fantasy football, but his 58 receptions, 769 yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns account for something. Think of him as a high-end WR3 in fantasy football in 2021.
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— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 8, 2021
Sammy Watkins never lived up to his draft hype. However, he’s an effective player and is worth at least a look in the later rounds. He logged 37 receptions in just 10 games in 2020 for 421 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Rashod Bateman is your ultimate boom or bust. He was a splash player in college and may walk into the same role in the NFL. They’re saying Bateman has struggled with injuries, so he’s a definite risk. However, if you’re looking for a sleeper to snag late, he’s got potential.
Mark Andrews is not as effective as pundits make him out to be. However, he’s a solid TE1. He’s not a top four tight end and you’d do well to wait a little while before you draft him. But if someone else reaches for Andrews, it’s no reason to flip.
Joe Burrow won’t get drafted until late in most leagues, unless you’re playing in a deep league. Many thought Burrow was a prime candidate to make the leap early. But that honor went to Justin Herbert, who many thought would need a year.
Joe Mixon struggled in every facet but he’s still the offense’s centerpiece until Burrow makes that Leap. If he stays healthy, he’s still a solid RB1, even if he’s a low-end one. If you value receivers before running backs, Mixon is a great consolation.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 7, 2021
Tyler Boyd is underrated—especially when he has a rookie in Ja’Maar Chase coming along with Tee Higgins having established himself. Don’t be fooled. Boyd is the most talented odd man out in perhaps fantasy football history. He stepped back in 2020, but he’s a solid WR3 at worst in fantasy football.
Chase was one of those rare cases where the Bengals drafted for want instead of need. But it made sense, given his chemistry with Burrow in college. If signs point to Chase and Burrow getting hot in the preseason, he wouldn’t be a bad “reach” on draft day.
Higgins really established his presence as a rookie in 2020, logging 67 receptions, 908 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Sure, he will fight for targets with Boyd and Chase in the lineup. But Higgins is built like a small tight end, giving him a tremendous size advantage.
Baker Mayfield is the product of his system, and therefore, it inflates his fantasy value. Look for Mayfield to have another good year as a game manager, which makes him a solid QB2 option in fantasy football. You don’t want him to start often, however, given his pedestrian numbers.
Kareem Hunt is the best RB2 in football and he’s a solid RB2 in fantasy football. What makes him so valuable is that he possesses a different skill set than Chubb. While Chubb is great between the tackles, Hunt is the dual-threat back teams fear.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 10, 2021
He scored 11 total touchdowns in 2020, 6 on the ground, and 5 through the air. He’s a decent back if you’re playing in a PPR league since he’s always a threat to catch and run.
That said, he’s a good bench player since he remains a sure-handed target who can dominate PPR leagues if your team struggles with injuries. Ditto for Odell Beckham Jr.
Harrison Bryant may actually take over as the TE1. So if you’re looking to draft a tight end late, Bryant may become more than just a TE1 in real life. He has the potential to take the position over in fantasy football.
Ben Roethlisberger is no longer an effective quarterback in fantasy football. Since the Steelers drafted Najee Harris, beefed up their offensive line, and will continue to win on defense, look for him to float between franchise quarterback and game manager in 2021.
Harris can become a legit RB1 in fantasy football and many will draft him in the opening round in larger leagues. He’s considered a reach given his rookie status, but he’s a smart reach. With Ben playing in what may be his last season, look for Harris to reap the production.
Nicknamed Mapletron given his resemblance in size and skill set to the legendary Calvin Johnson (Megatron), Claypool can make The Leap in 2021 and pick up where Antonio Brown left off in 2018.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 10, 2021
They call Pat Friermuth “Baby Gronk,” much to the dismay of Steeler fans that I’ve become good friends with over the years. Anyway, Friermuth can be the next great tight end in Pittsburgh and is worth a look as a solid TE2 for your fantasy football team. Especially if you wait to draft tight ends.
And perhaps he will ascend in Year 3, after he logged 88 receptions, 923 yards, and 7 touchdowns. At the very least, he’s a solid WR2 and perhaps a low-end WR1 in PPR leagues.
Look for Smith-Schuster to be at least a solid WR2 if not a WR1 in PPR leagues.
There are good AFC North players to choose from whether you’re looking at Baltimore’s roster or Pittsburgh’s. At one time, they were THE teams in the division, but Cleveland has a few serious fantasy contenders and Cincinnati has potential.
Oh, and make sure you let us know who your favorite AFC North players are in the comments as they pertain to fantasy football. Let us know in the comments who you intend to draft and which online sportsbook you used.