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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Not much fantasy love for AFC North

By Jamison Hensley

ESPN released its 2013 fantasy football rankings, and let's just say the AFC North does better in real life. The division that has sent at least two teams to the playoffs for the past five seasons and includes the reigning Super Bowl champions didn't feature prominently in the fantasy projections.

In fact, the AFC North has only three players ranked in the top 50, the fewest from any division. The NFC South (12 players), NFC North (eight), NFC East (seven) and NFC West (six) all have over five players in the top 50.

Here are the 13 AFC North players who made the top 100:

3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens: Third-ranked running back

6. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns: Sixth-ranked running back

16. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals: Third-ranked wide receiver

61. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers: 22nd-ranked wide receiver

62. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers: 24th-ranked running back

77. Dennis Pitta, Ravens: 6th-ranked tight end

78. Torrey Smith, Ravens: 31st-ranked wide receiver

81. Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers: 33rd-ranked wide receiver

83. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals: 31st-ranked running back

87. Giovani Bernard, Bengals: 32nd-ranked running back

94. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers: 14th-ranked quarterback

95. Josh Gordon, Browns: 42nd-ranked wide receiver

99. Joe Flacco, Ravens: 15th-ranked quarterback