Football is back! With the preseason under way fantasy players are doing mock drafts hourly (or maybe it’s just me) to prepare for their fantasy drafts. Each year fantasy owners want to construct their team with a proper mix of good value players and upside sleepers while avoiding players with high bust potential. For my fantasy readers, this is part three of eight installments where I will go division by division giving you two players with great ADP value, two players with high bust potential and two sleepers that could help put your team over the top. Today is the AFC North. Players ADP and rankings is based off standard scoring according to the fantasy football calculator. So let’s begin and as always, happy hunting fantasy friends!
Isaiah Crowell RB Browns (3.02)- Last season Crowell finished as the RB15 and many fantasy owners were shocked. After a strong season the Browns boosted Crowell’s supporting cast, signing two big free agents along the offensive line and Kenny Britt at wide receiver. Last season Crowell finished with career-highs across the board and the team is working on signing him to a long-term deal. Head coach Hue Jackson has stated repeatedly this offseason his desire to give Crowell more touches this season. Many underestimate Crowell’s catching ability, but last season he finished with 40 catches. With an improved offensive line and a head coach determined to run him more this season, Crowell has a safe floor and is a great option as he currently being drafted as the RB14.
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Martavis Bryant WR Steelers (4.10)- After missing all of the 2016 season with a suspension, Bryant is entering a contract year and has to show he is serious about playing in order to get a new contract in the offseason. In 2015 Bryant showed that he is an explosive and dangerous weapon on the Steelers high powered offense. Bryant has 14 touchdowns in just 21 career games. Bryant is a boom or bust player without doubt, but when he is booming he can single-handedly win a week. Currently the WR22, Bryant is in an ideal spot as a low WR2 or high WR3 where you can be willing to take a chance on him.
Corey Coleman WR Browns (10.11)- Last season Corey Coleman got off to a hot start, having a 22 point performance week two against the Ravens. Then Coleman missed six weeks and over the last eight games of the season he scored only 31 points. The Browns were so concerned with his development that after they let Terrelle Pryor leave as a free agent, they gave over $32 million to Kenny Britt. The team doesn’t have a high degree of confidence in him and even as the WR46 you shouldn’t either. With receivers currently drafted behind him like Britt, Marvin Jones, Jordan Matthews and Sterling Shepard there are better options to select over Coleman.
Tyler Eifert TE Bengals (6.09)- Health has always been an issue for Eifert, in four years he has missed 27 games including eight last season. When healthy Eifert is a monster in the redzone. His best year in 2015, Eifert had 13 touchdowns in 13 games. However, reportedly he is still battling back issues and even when healthy he isn’t in the same tier as the four elite fantasy tight ends. Currently drafted as TE6 there are better options behind him at a much cheaper cost including Hunter Henry (8.11) and Kyle Rudolph (9.02). With tight ends if you don’t grab one of the elite four guys you are better off waiting closer to the double-digit rounds and grabbing one then.
Jeremy Maclin WR Ravens (8.08)- Many fantasy players look at Maclin’s production last season and are scared to draft him. However, in 2015 Maclin finished as the WR16 with 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016, Maclin battled injuries and struggled, leading to his release this offseason. Now with the Ravens, Maclin joins a team lacking weapons on offense and now has a quarterback that will push the ball downfield to him. The Ravens lost 352 targets from last season, Maclin should be in line for at least 120 of them. The only other proven receiver on the roster is Mike Wallace, opening the door for Maclin to be a critical part of the offense. Currently drafted as the WR38, Maclin could put up 85 catches for 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns this season and you could grab him as your WR4.
Kenny Britt WR Browns (11.01)- Many people thinks Britt got overpaid in the offseason, I am one of them. However, his fantasy value is not something to think poorly of. Many people say, “oh the Browns have no quarterbacks, no receivers can produce there”. Well last season Terrelle Pryor was the WR17 with no quarterbacks. Britt last year had 68 catches for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns, finishing the season as the WR26 despite not having a good quarterback. In Cleveland, Britt has the upside to put up similar numbers this year and is currently being drafted as the WR48. With several players being drafted ahead of him with much lower floors, Britt is a sleeper that can slide into your FLEX spot depending on the weekly match up.