There’s a lot going on in this division. The news never stops.

Is it going to be Joe Flacco or Lamar Jackson under center in Baltimore? Google that question and you’ll get overwhelmed with think pieces.

Joe Mixon lost weight so could he improve? Will John Ross catch a football this year?

Josh Gordon won’t be at training camp, got put on the NFI list with no timetable to return.

Le’Veon Bell isn’t going to camp either, but that’s because that franchise tag isn’t the same thing as a deal.

But let’s try to stick to the stats. That’s what we’re all about.


In 1996, Vinny Testaverde scored the first touchdown in Baltimore Raven history. It was a rushing touchdown. Testaverde made his first appearance in the Pro Bowl later that season.

Joe Flacco didn’t throw for over 288 yards in any game during the 2017 season.

His end of year stats show 18 touchdowns to 13 interceptions, but nine of those touchdowns and only two of those interceptions came in the last five games of the season. And in case you are wondering, he only rushed for 54 yards and one touchdown on the season.

The Ravens moved up to the end of the first round to select Lamar Jackson . In his 38-game college career, he scored 119 touchdowns, 50 of which were with his feet. Jackson never had a completion percentage over 60, but he did improve each year, going from 54.2 to 55.9 to 59.1. He also ran the final minicamp practice, something none of the other rookie quarterbacks from this class had a chance to do.

Alex Collins wasn’t on the Baltimore roster in Week 1. He didn’t play in more than 30 percent of the team snaps until Week 8. And yet, Collins finished the season as the 16th highest scoring fantasy running back with 973 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns, and 23 catches for 187 additional yards.

Kenneth Dixon missed the 2017 season with a torn meniscus. He also has multiple league violations regarding illegal substances. Javorius

“Buck” Allen is the likely No. 2, but not a likely threat to Collins’ fantasy impact.

Michael Crabtree is the No. 1 wide out on this team. He has scored at least eight touchdowns in each of his last three seasons. Last season, Crabtree only saw 101 targets, his lowest total since 2014. That’s his floor. His current ADP has him as approximately the 30th wide receiver coming off the board.

John Brown has sickle cell trait. He missed six games last season and already suffered a knee injury at camp. He hasn’t exceeded 517 yards or three touchdowns over the last two seasons.

In 11 games last year, Willie Snead only had eight catches for 92 yards and no touchdown. In 2016, he had 72 catches for 895 yards and four touchdowns. In 2015, he had 69 catches for 984 yards and three touchdowns. He gets a new start in Baltimore this season.

The Baltimore Ravens drafted tight end Hayden Hurst in the first round of this year’s draft. Then they went on to draft tight end Mark Andrews in the third round. Mark Andrews is not known for his blocking skills rather he broke Oklahoma’s all-time tight end receiving record with 1,765 yards, averaged an impressive 15.8 yards per catch, and scored 22 touchdowns.


The Bengals were founded in 1968 by Paul Brown, the first head coach, co-founder, and namesake for the Cleveland Browns.  When Brown was fired by Brown’s owner, Art Modell, Brown took all the Browns’ equipment because he technically owned it. The Browns’ equipment became Bengals’ equipment and the rest is history.

In 2017, Andy Dalton only completed 28.6 percent of his attempts 20 or more yards downfield. The only player with a worse percentage at that distance was Eli Manning . Over the course of his first eight games, Dalton was sacked on a league-high 25.8 percent of his drop backs. But over the last eight games, that rate went down to 19.2 percent of his drop backs.

During his rookie season, Joe Mixon only averaged 2.3 yards after contact (PFF), tied for 49th in the league. He averaged 3.5 yards per carry, tied for 63rd. He recently admitted that he played heavy in 2017, at 230 pounds, and that he currently weighs 218 pounds.

Giovani Bernard averaged 4.4 yards per carry, 2.7 after contact, and is still on the team.

A.J. Green has 1,000-plus receiving yards in six of his seven seasons in the NFL. The only time he missed that mark was in 2016, when he only played in 10 games. And frankly, he was only 46 yards away from hitting the mark.

John Ross caught zero passes during his rookie season. He did have one carry that went for 12 yards and a fumble. But he’s still only 22 yards old and did run that impressive 4.22 40 at the combine.

Brandon LaFell has only missed nine game in his eight-year career. He’s played in all 16 games in four of his last five seasons.

Tyler Boyd ’s 49-yard touchdown against the rival Baltimore Ravens in Week 17 put the Buffalo Bills in the playoffs. That one catch made up almost 22 percent of Boyd’s total receiving yards during the 2017 season.

In 2015, Tyler Eifert saw 16 red zone targets. He turned 13 of those into touchdowns.

In 2017, Tyler Kroft saw 12 red zone targets. He turned seven of those into touchdowns.


The Cleveland Browns are the only NFL team without a helmet logo. The logo-less helmet serves as the team logo on its own, but there have been numerous unofficial logos over the years. Including the vintage Brownie the Elf, who is part of the 2018 training camp logo. Art Modell, the team’s owner for 35 years, HATED that mascot and tried desperately to kill it. 

Over his three years as the quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, TyRod Taylor posted a 62.6 completion percentage and threw 51 touchdowns to 18 interceptions. He also scored 14 touchdowns with his feet. In that time frame, he is only second to Tom Brady in interception percentage.

Over his three-year college career, Baker Mayfield posted a 69.5 percent completion rate and threw 119 touchdowns to 21 interception. He also scored 21 touchdowns with his feet.

Duke Johnson has never rushed for more than 379 yards in a single season during his NFL career. His rushing yards have decreased in each of his three seasons. In 2015, he put up 534 receiving yards, the fifth among running backs. In 2016, his 514 receiving yards were fourth. And in 2017, his 693 receiving yards were third.

The Browns brought in Carlos Hyde , who put up a career-best 1,288 yards from scrimmage in 2017. However, he also put up a career-worst 3.9 yards per carry and has yet to score 10-plus total touchdowns in a season.

The Browns drafted Nick Chubb from Georgia in the second round with the 35th overall pick. He had zero fumbles during his 2017 on 227 touches.  However, that same year Chubb only caught four passes for 30 yards and zero touchdowns. 

Jarvis Landry is only 25 years old. His 400 career receptions are the most in the first four years of any career. Second is Anquan Boldin with 342 receptions. His 112 receptions were the most in the league last year, and he became the only wide receiver in NFL history with 100 or more receptions and fewer than 1,000 receiving yards. His nine receiving touchdowns were more than all last year’s Browns wide receivers combined (seven).

Josh Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. In 2014, he caught 24 passes for 303 yards, no touchdowns. He didn’t play in 2015 or 2016. In 2017, he caught 18 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown. He’s not at camp because he’s undergoing a treatment plan to help maintain his healthy and sobriety. His ADP has been between 32 and 42 overall.

In two seasons, Corey Coleman has only played in 19 games. Combined he caught 56 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns. Reminder, this is the same player who scored 20 touchdowns in his last season at Baylor.

Antonio Callaway hasn’t been able to participate in minicamp due to a soft-tissue injury, but he was drafted this year in the fourth round and could get an opportunity to show what he can do with the Josh Gordon absence.

David Njoku scored the most receiving touchdowns (four) of any Browns in 2017, even though head coach Hue Jackson only let him play in 47 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.


The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of only six NFL teams that do not have cheerleaders. They did have them back in 1961 for nine years, but then team President, Art Rooney, cut them because he thought they were a distraction from the game. In 2011, Super Bowl XLV was the first time that neither team in the Super Bowl had cheerleaders. That year Green Bay beat Pittsburgh 31-25.

Prior to the Week 9 bye in 2017, Ben Roethlisberger threw 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Five of those interceptions came against the Jaguars in Week 5. After the Week 9 bye, Roethlisberger threw 18 touchdowns to five interceptions. He threw four touchdowns in back to back games in Weeks 11 and 12.

Le’Veon Bell posted 1,850-plus carries in three of the last four years. He also led the league with 406 total touches. LeSean McCoy was a distant second with 346 touches.

James Connor and Jaylen Samuels will battle it out for handcuff duties. Connor is coming off a torn MCL. Samuels was drafted this year in the fifth round, but Samuels also played tight end at North Carolina State and caught 42 passes in the slot in 2017.

Antonio Brown is on the cover of Madden this year, so he is clearly cursed. Do not draft him if you play in a league with me. Thanks.

JuJu Smith-Schuster was the top rookie wide receiver last season with 58 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Cooper Kupp from the Rams was leading that race until Kupp was rested in Week 17 prior to the playoffs, and Smith-Schuster caught nine passes for 143 yards and a touchdown during the final week of the regular season.

James Washington heralds from Oklahoma State and was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ second round pick, 60th overall. In 2017, Washington led the nation with 1,549 receiving yards and he left college with the second-most receiving yards in Big 12 history (4,472). His quarterback for all three of his 1,000-plus yard seasons was the Steelers’ third-round pick, Mason Rudolph.

Vance McDonald caught 10 passes for 112 yards during the Divisional Round of the playoffs when facing the Jacksonville Jaguars. Over the entire 2017 season, he only logged 14 catches for 188 yards and one touchdown.

Jesse James only had one catch for 12 yards in the Divisional Round, but he managed to play in all 16 games in each of his last two seasons. Last year he caught 43 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns.