And finally, I'll conclude my early 2008 preview with a look at the division that interests the football fans in Baltimore the most -- the AFC North.

While the Ravens suffered a disappointing 5-11 finish in 2007, there is renewed hope for the upcoming season. Their coaching staff has now been finalized, but the team still has many questions that will need to be answered before the start of the 2008 season.


Who will be the starting quarterback? Will Todd Heap bounce back from an injury-plagued season to become a reliable tight end once again? Will the offense be improved under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron? There are other questions facing the Ravens, but the key to their 2008 season is finding positive answers to these three questions. If this happens, then the team will be back on track to compete for the AFC North title again. If not, then it could be another long season in Charm City.

Pittsburgh will be the favorite to win the division again after posting a 5-1 record against AFC North opponents en route to the division championship in 2007. Their only divisional loss came against the Ravens in Week 17 when they were without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Hines Ward and running back Willie Parker. If the Steelers can remain healthy in 2008, then they will be tough to dethrone.

Cleveland posted its best record since 1994 (10-6), but the Browns could lose quarterback Derek Anderson and running back Jamal Lewis to free agency. If they don't bring back these two players, then their record could falter in 2008. Cincinnati needs to find something to do with wide receiver Chad Johnson and then work to improve on their dismal 2007 season. Otherwise, they could be in for a repeat performance next season.

Chris Henry, Cincinnati Bengals, WR – After being suspended for the first eight games of last season, Henry finished with 21 catches for 343 yards and two touchdowns. He's pretty valuable as a third wide receiver, especially since the Bengals rely heavily on quarterback Carson Palmer and the passing game. Watch how the situation with Johnson plays out over the summer. If Johnson doesn't play for the Bengals, then Henry's value will improve substantially.

Brady Quinn, Cleveland Browns, QB – Let's be honest: If the Browns bring Anderson back, then Quinn has zero fantasy value. It looks like that might be the case, but it's worth watching until a decision is made. Even if he is named the starter, Quinn might not be too valuable at first. However, it might be good to draft him and stash him on your bench for later in the 2008 season. It's just a thought, but be sure to monitor the quarterback situation in Cleveland throughout the offseason.

Nate Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers, WR – Everyone knows what Roethlisberger, Ward and Parker are capable of doing. Najeh Davenport and Heath Miller will be solid fantasy performers and Santonio Holmes emerged as a pretty good option at wide receiver last season. Therefore, the Steelers player with the best chance of sneaking up on fantasy owners is Washington. He won't be worthy of a starting spot on your fantasy team unless Ward or Holmes gets injured, but it can't hurt you to keep him on your bench and watch his performance early in the season.

Mark Clayton, Ravens, WR – Clayton's fantasy value depends on whether the Ravens are able to get consistent play from the quarterback position. Whether it is Steve McNair, Kyle Boller, Troy Smith or someone else, the Ravens need to find a way to get the football to Clayton. Derrick Mason is still the best receiver on the team, but Clayton is primed for a breakout season if he's thrown to more often in 2008. I'd keep an eye on him and draft him in the later rounds if he's available.