The Cleveland Browns (7-9 record and last in the AFC North) are coming off of a 2014 season where they had adversity from both of their first round draft picks and more trouble from their best offensive player. Throughout the offseason the Browns found their “franchise” quarterback in rehab. With the off the field distractions of their first round quarterback, the Browns went out and signed an insurance at the position in Josh McCown. The Browns also head into the 2015 season without star receiver Josh Gordon, who finds himself suspended again. There is promise on the defensive side of the ball with incoming rookie Danny Shelton and the signing on Tramon Williams. The longtime Packer looks to be a veteran presence for the immature but talented Justin Gilbert.
The Baltimore Ravens (10-6 record and 3nd in the AFC North) are coming off of a 2014 season where they overcame adversity, dealing with the Ray Rice domestic abuse situation that went viral. Throughout the Ray Rice situation the Baltimore Ravens still found their way to the playoffs. The Ravens defeated their division rival the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wildcard weekend, but was defeated by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the Divisional round. The Ravens saw four players selected to the Pro Bowl, with a surprise star in running back Justin Forsett. The Ravens lost deep threat receiver Torrey Smith, traded away troubled nose tackle Haloti Ngata to the Detroit Lions and drafted deep threat receiver Breshad Perriman in the first round. With some new additions and key losses we should see a whole new Ravens team this coming season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5 record and 1st in the AFC North) are coming off of a 2014 season where they lost to divisional rival the Baltimore Ravens during Wildcard weekend. During the 2014 season, the Steelers showed one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NFL. With Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown the Steelers showcased one of the best offensive trio’s in the entire NFL. The defense was middle of the road; ranking 18th in total defense, struggling at 27th against the pass, and one of the best against the run ranking 6th in the league. The Steelers used their first two draft picks to fortify the defensive side of the ball. Bringing in OLB Bud Dupree to help rush the passer and DB Senquez Golson to provide speed and depth to a depleted defensive backfield.
The Green Bay Packers (12-4 record and 1st in the NFC North) are coming off of a 2014 season where they were a five minute meltdown away from going to the Super Bowl. We saw the best quarterback in the league continue his elite prowess over the entire NFL on a weekly basis. New comer Julius Peppers brought a veteran consistency to a struggling Packers defense from last season. Eddie Lacy took a big step in his second season in the NFL, and provided a balance on an already highly productive offense. With incoming rookies filling the defensive backfield to help slow down the pass happy teams in the NFC North. The Packers should be the favorites to win the NFC North and one of the top contenders in the entire NFL.
This is the third installment of a twice a week presentation of each NFL team’s top fantasy players by position. The first four analyses will present the NFC North division. Check out our analysis on the Detroit Lions.
With these articles you will find a player from each key position to target in fantasy football. The lists will consist as to why they are chosen as the top player for their respective positions and teams, players poised to breakout or as sleepers, 2pt specialists and a new format based off of individual defensive players.