Fantasy Football Sleepers: AFC North

“Fantasy Football Sleepers”

The month of June is coming to an end. So get your fireworks ready to celebrate the 4th of July! Moon Man will be posting a short article with valuable Fantasy Football Sleepers for each team. It is important to recognize that “Sleepers” can be former pro bowlers, previous 1st round draft bust and players returning from injuries or suspension. Be sure not too “SLEEP” on any athlete in the NFL, ever!

OTAs and Minicamps give Fantasy Friends a glimpse into what rookies appear to be the real deal, who is healthy and which players remain an injury liability for us. With free agency and the NFL draft. Players are consistently producing in fantasy one year while bombing in the next offensive scheme. Shall we take brief loom at the AFC North.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have a host of Fantasy options in 2017. Breshad Perriman is healthy, Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin and running back Kenneth Dixon year two. Joe Flacco could be in for his best year. Which isn’t really saying much Fantasy wise. Breshad Perriman obviously with his size and athleticism catches the Fantasy eye as a Sleeper. Exercising patience with the Raven’s playmakers for now.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The 2016 season long suspension of Martavis Bryant last season hurt Fantasy owners. This guy is an absolute Fantasy Stud in League play and Daily Fantasy Sports. His 6’4 frame at 215+ LBs while running a 4.42 forty-yard dash actually panned out in 2015. With a year off due to suspension. Martavis used this time to get stronger and his act together.

Now that Moon Man is edging closer to trusting Martavis Bryant as a viable wide receiver for 16 games. The fact that he Opens up everything on offense for Big Ben is noticed!

-The deep ball numbers get better.

Le’Veon Bell needs to worry about one less player in the box. While re-gaining a quality run blocker in Bryant.

-The run game and short to intermediate passing routes become easier for all.

-Of course Martavis himself can take a wide receiver screen the distance or manuever a reverse into a 20+ yard gain.

The guy a stud who will take coverage away from Antonio Brown. He is primed to do what he does. Make big plays, score touchdowns and improve the Steelers offense as a whole. 

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton has A.J. Green returning healthy and the 9th overall pick John Ross to stretch the field. Tyler Eifert scores touchdowns when he plays but who knows which games he will play? Rookie Joe Mixon is getting the buzz and appears to be in the mix for a running back 2 standing in Fantasy Football. With Giovani Benard and Jeremy Hill sharing the workload in previous years. It makes sense regardless of the buzz to pay attention to Mixon. He dropped in the draft not because of talent and was scooped up by a team that loves players with off the field issues. In year 1 with the Bengals. Joe Mixon is still a risk even under head coach Marvin Lewis’s watch. Match that with Jeremy Hill eating away at the redzone opportunities and Gio Benard still being a quality 3rd down back.

The hype around Joe Mixon is valid. The Bengals consistently run the ball more than most NFL teams. The opportunity for touches will be there on offense and special teams. Mixon will be used in multiple formations. Lining up all over the field. The potential for a Tyreek Hill season for Mixon is here. An injury to a Cincy running back most certainly would lessen the risk factor. Moon Man needs to see more and is looking forward to padded workouts and preseason schedule.

Cleveland Browns

Rookie tight end David Njoku should do well at some point. There is a higher probability of a quarterback carousel happening in Cleveland than most NFL teams. Kenny Britt, Corey Coleman, Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis appear to be the options for Cody Kessler at wide receiver. Brock Osweiler is doing his thing to win the job this off season. Kessler is familiar with the playbook and should enter the preseason as the #1 quarterback in Cleveland.

Njoku’s athleticism is unquestioned as he continues to mature with NFL routes, blocking schemes and the playbook. With an improved offensive line and run friendly head coach Hugh Jackson. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr. are the viable Fantasy Football options. The Cleveland Browns are stacked on defense so Moon Man expects this aspect to aid in a false good start to the season for Cleveland. David Njoku’s fantasy value will come towards the latter part of the 2017 season. When the Browns quarterback carousel is in full effect and targets come his way.

As Always,

(Teams Going Off + Thoughts Flexed In) = Combination Lineups

May the Fantasy Force Be With You.

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