Fantasy tipsheet: AFC North outlook

November, 1, 2012
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Our friends at Football Outsiders do a great job at projecting favorable (and not so favorable) matchups for your fantasy football teams. One player that Football Outsiders predict will have a rough time is Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who is going against the Broncos:
In addition to slowing down Drew Brees on Sunday night, the Broncos pass defense also held Matt Ryan (fourth in points per game), Tom Brady (fifth) and Ben Roethlisberger (seventh) below their averages, as well as lower-tier fantasy scorers like Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers. All told, excluding the success of Matt Schaub in Week 3, facing the Broncos' pass defense has meant a quarterback scores about 5.5 fewer points than he normally does.

Here are some division players who have favorable matchups: Browns QB Brandon Weeden (plus-2), Browns RB Trent Richardson (plus-2), Browns WR Josh Gordon (plus-1), Browns WR Greg Little (plus-1).

Here are some with less-than-favorable matchups: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (minus-3), Steelers WRs Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown (both minus-1).

And here are the position rankings from the fantasy experts at ESPN.com:

QUARTERBACKS: Roethlisberger (No. 7), the Ravens' Joe Flacco (No. 16), the Bengals' Andy Dalton (No. 18), and Weeden (No. 25).

RUNNING BACKS: The Ravens' Ray Rice (No. 2), the Browns' Trent Richardson (No. 7), the Bengals' BenJarvus Green-Ellis (No. 22) and the Steelers' Jonathan Dwyer (No. 24).

WIDE RECEIVERS: The Bengals' A.J. Green (No. 2), the Steelers' Mike Wallace (No. 14), the Ravens' Torrey Smith (No. 21) and the Steelers' Antonio Brown (No. 23).

TIGHT ENDS: The Steelers' Heath Miller (No. 4), the Bengals' Jermaine Gresham (No. 13) and the Ravens' Dennis Pitta (No. 17).

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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