We leave the wild, wild, West to head North in our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections. A lot has changed in the AFC North this offseason. All of that is accounted for in our 2020 Fantasy Football AFC North Projections.
The Baltimore Ravens will look to return to the AFC Championship game in 2020. They added J.K. Dobbins, with the 55th pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, to the running game to go along with Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and company.
Pittsburgh will have Ben Roethlisberger back under center in Week 1. Quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges won all eight of the Steelers games last year. They also added Stefen Wisniewski on the offensive line, Eric Ebron at tight end and drafted wide receiver Chase Claypool out of Notre Dame with the 49th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Cleveland Browns did not live up to expectations last year. They brought in Kevin Stefanski as their new Head Coach, Alex Van Pelt as their new offensive coordinator and signed TE Austin Hooper. They also added both a right and left tackle in Jack Conklin via free agency and Jedrick Willis with the 10th overall pick the 2020 NFL Draft.
A new era of Bengals football begins Week 1 when Joe Burrow takes the field, at home, against the Los Angeles Chargers. Andy Dalton is now the backup QB for the Dallas Cowboys. Cincinnati will finally get to see their 2019 first-round pick, Jonah Williams, play left tackle in 2020. If A.J. Green can stay healthy, the Bengals could shock the world!
2020 Fantasy Football AFC North Projections
Lamar Jackson was incredible last season! However, there is little chance he owns a 9% touchdown rate ever again. His Fantasy value will always come in the run game which means he has to run for touchdowns. He will not have enough volume in the passing game. Draft wisely, as first/second round quarterbacks are risky business!
By drafting J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram's projection became much more difficult. He was only playing about 50% of snaps last year and Dobbins is much better than Gus Edwards. The goalline work is still his and he rushed for eight touchdowns inside the five-yard line last year.
Marquise Brown is the only Ravens wideout worth drafting and even there you are looking at one of the most boom or bust receivers in the NFL. We have him ranked as WR34 in our Fantasy Six Pack Consensus Draft Rankings.
Mark Andrews' breakout season makes him a top three-five Fantasy tight end. However, with Lamar Jackson expected to throw touchdown passes less often, it's hard to see Andrews catching 10 touchdowns again.
A healthy Ben Roethlisberger changes everything for the Steelers. The question is, is a 38-year-old QB coming off elbow surgery on his throwing arm ever going to be 100% healthy?
James Conner was also banged up in 2019 limiting his Fantasy value. I will be happy to take him as a low-end RB2, where he is currently ranked, and hope he rebounds nicely. The backfield is a bit crowded with Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and now rookie Anthony McFarland Jr., but I have faith in Mike Tomlin leaning heavily on his veterans.
Wouldn't you know it, JuJu Smith-Schuster was also injured last year. We have seen what a healthy JuJu is capable of and there is no reason to believe that he can't bounce back. It will be interesting to track his ADP this summer.
James Washington is the deep threat and rookie Chase Claypool ran a sub 4.45, at 238 pounds, at the NFL Combine.
You might remember Eric Ebron from the 2018 season when he caught 13 touchdown passes from Andrew Luck. He followed that up last year with half the targets, receptions and yards playing with Jacoby Brissett and caught just three touchdowns.
Baker Mayfield did not look good in his second NFL season, despite adding Odell Beckham to his arsenal! If you are one of those owners who waits until every other owner has drafted a quarterback, Mayfield is a good target with lots of upside.
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are the perfect pair to share a backfield. Chubb rushed for 90+ yards five times from Week 10 on when Hunt joined the team, including four 100 yard games! Hunt vultured two rushing touchdowns in his return but is more of a threat as a pass-catcher. Chubb is still a reliable RB1 in Fantasy.
Just like in the backfield the Browns have a perfect pair of wide receivers in Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Both finished as WR2's, despite Mayfield's poor play. Landry is the more consistent receiver and can be had one round after Beckham.
Speaking of duos, Cleveland also has a pair of tight ends that will make it nearly impossible for opposing defenses to cover everybody. Hooper joins the Browns after four successful seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Hooper has improved year over year and is a top 10 Fantasy TE. The Browns plan on featuring the tight ends under Stefanski's leadership.
Njoku's season was cut short last year due to a fractured wrist.
Joe Burrow is surrounded by weapons on offense, just like at LSU. If he can learn the offense quickly and adjust to the speed and defensive schemes of the NFL, he could turn this Franchise around quickly! It will be interesting to see how he mixes up his targets.
Joe Mixon was one of the least consistent running backs last year. That being said he still finished as RB13 in half-PPR. The offensive line is improved and the offense as a whole should be more efficient. Also, he is one of the few renaming bell-cows!
A healthy A.J. Green completely changes the Bengals offense. Problem is, he is coming off of ankle reconstruction surgery!
Tyler Boyd has proven himself capable of beating some of the top cornerbacks in the NFL and when he lines up at the WR2 it makes him even more valuable!
John Ross thrived in the new offense but was limited to just eight games thanks to a shoulder injury. He takes the top off the defense.
Adding rookie WR Tee Higgins in the 2020 NFL Draft gave Joe Burrow a potential WR1 to grow with and is a top Dynasty Fantasy Football WR.
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