2019 Fantasy Football: The Deep State reveals AFC North studs and duds

In part three of an eight-part series, The Deep State divulges the 2019 fantasy football studs and duds from each NFL division. This week, the AFC North gets its closeup.

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Cleveland Browns

Stud: David Njoku, tight end

The player most likely to benefit from the arrival of WR Odell Beckham Jr. is Njoku. He’s enjoyed a steady trajectory in his first two seasons, jumping from 32 receptions in 2017 to 56 receptions in 2018.

With additional coverage dedicated to Beckham Jr., look for quarterback Baker Mayfield to take advantage of high percentage attempts to his playmaking TE down the seam. Njoku looks to have the highest potential of AFC North tight ends, and he should see an increase in receptions, yardage, and touchdowns.

Dud: Kareem Hunt, running back

This is not a knock on Hunt, who is one of the most talented young running backs in the league. Rather, it is an indictment on his situation. He is suspended until Week 10, at which point he’ll need to get into game shape, and the Cleveland Browns will have to find organic ways to integrate him into the offense.

He’s nothing more than an insurance policy to starting RB Nick Chubb, who is in line for a breakout sophomore season on a high-powered offense. With the suspension, it’s simply not worth selecting Hunt in 2019 fantasy football drafts.

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Travis Yates is a writer for the Pro Football Network covering the Cincinnati Bengals and Fantasy Football. Travis is also a co-host on the AFC North and Goal podcast on PFN. You can follow him @TheTravisYates on Twitter.