Ultimate Fantasy Team: AFC North

Ultimate Fantasy Team: AFC North

Ultimate Fantasy Team is a division by division guide where we at UKPigskin select the best possible fantasy line-ups from the four teams available.

The end goal? To create the ultimate fantasy team.

Episode one of the series saw us take a look at the NFC North and aside from the odd one or two disagreements, was pretty unanimously agreed with. Something we’re not expecting to continue here.

So, without further ado, next up on our whistle stop tour is the AFC North, which includes Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.

Who would make your AFC North fantasy line-up? Let us know on Twitter @UK_Pigskin.

QB – Lamar Jackson

One of the easiest picks of the entire series, the 2019 MVP comfortably slots himself in as the quarterback of the AFC North.

Nine times out of ten when drafting in fantasy football you should never consider drafting a QB early on, however, Jackson may well be an exception to the norm.

The Ravens main man finished the year with an insane 43 touchdowns and mustered up more rushing yards than players like Josh Jacobs, Joe Mixon and even Dalvin Cook. *Insert “wtf” meme here*

If you need any more convincing, just watch the above video. Logic fails us.

RB1 – Nick Chubb

Nick Chubb’s talent as a runner is simply undeniable and it is easy to forget that the 2019 season was only his second within the NFL.

He rushed for 1,494 yards, eight touchdowns and was also on the receiving end of 36 passes for 278 yards over the course of the year.

Although the number of touchdowns came as a disappointment to many, especially on the receiving end of the ball, a lot of that can be put down to mismanagement in a topsy-turvy Cleveland Browns organisation.

If the Browns can hit the ground running (as we’ve predicted) under Kevin Stefanski, Chubb could be set for his best year yet.

RB2 – Joe Mixon

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The Cincinnati Bengals running-back is one of the most underrated, slept on players in the entire NFL. There, I said it.

Mixon has been stuck in one of the worst franchises out of the entire 32 during his first three seasons and yet has still managed to produce decent numbers.

In 2019, he rushed for 1,137 yards, five touchdowns and also added 287 receiving yards with three touchdowns for good measure. Not bad for a back in a 2-14 team.

Along with the huge addition that is Joe Burrow, the Bengals have also added protection to their offensive line and that should only benefit Mixon moving forward.

WR1 – Odell Beckham Jr.

It would be fair to say that OBJ’s first season in Cleveland didn’t go as anyone expected but that cannot take away the fact that he is an elite wide-receiver and a worthy WR1.

As mentioned with Chubb, nothing went right for the Browns in 2019 and that affected the production of everyone on field.

Beckham is far too good of a player to not bounce back and after a year of bedding in in Cleveland, another huge campaign could be right around the corner.

WR2 – Marquise “Hollywood” Brown

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The WR2 spot in the AFC North came down to a coin flip (not literally) between Marquise Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster but the former has taken it, just.

Brown entered his rookie year in Baltimore with the infamous nickname of ‘Antonio Brown’s cousin’ but it hasn’t taken him long to put his own stamp on the NFL and make a name all for himself.

The 22-year-old saw 46 receptions in his first year – registering 584 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 appearances.

That production will only rise in 2020 with more experience behind him, and with the reigning MVP as his quarterback it’s hard to argue anything other than a big year for Hollywood.

TE – Mark Andrews

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The AFC North’s tight end group is stacked going into 2020.

With Eric Ebron moving to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Austin Hooper joining the talented David Njoku in Cleveland, there is guaranteed production all over this division.

Mark Andrews, however, has the edge.

The Ravens man has become Lamar Jackson’s go to guy when in need and that is backed up by Andrews’ seven red zone touchdowns in 2019.

Overall, the 23-year-old finished the year with 852 yards and 10 touchdowns. Huge numbers which could rise even further as he progresses in his still, very young, NFL career.

FLEX – Mark Ingram

Hard to leave Mr. “Big Truss” out of the core running-backs, so he slots in nicely as the AFC North’s flex.

Moving from New Orleans to Baltimore proved a very wise move as he solidified himself as RB1 and was a key cog in the Ravens’ offensive wheel.

1,018 rushing yards, 247 receiving yards and a combined 15 touchdowns made for an excellent year for the now veteran back and he will be looking to repeat that feat in 2020.

Although Ingram will certainly still be the number one for at least next season, he may well find himself sharing more snaps with the newly drafted rookie, J.K. Dobbins.

D/ST – Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh have far too good of a team not to have made this list and I can only apologise that it has taken until now for them to do so.

Luckily for Steelers fans, they have an extremely solid defence, one that is not only the best in the AFC North but arguably the entire NFL.

Finishing second for fantasy points in 2019 behind only the New England Patriots is not only a great achievement in itself, but a remarkable one considering how much they were on the field thanks to an offence that was in tatters.

Kicker – Justin Tucker

Completing Baltimore Ravens’ dominance of the AFC North is kicker Justin Tucker.

As above, Tucker is not only the best kicker in the division but undoubtedly the best in the league, too.

A four-time first-team All-Pro, the 30-year-old holds the record for the most accurate kicker in the NFL. Not bad at all.

The only downside to his game at this current moment in time is that Ravens don’t often have to settle for field-goals but with that said, at least he gets a sh*t ton of extra points!