Last season, Andy Dalton finished as a Top 5 QB in nearly all league formats. His 33 touchdown passes were 3rd in the NFL behind just Peyton Manning and Drew Brees! 21 of them went to A.J. Green or Marvin Jones. With Jones recovering from a broken foot, it will be up to Mohamed Sanu to take advantage of playing opposite one of the leagues best WRs. As a rookie, Giovani Bernard split RB duties in Cincy with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Bengals to release the Law Firm this offseason. Now it is Bernard's backfield with rookie Jeremy Hill there to give him a breather. Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert combined to see just 125 targets and with the Bengals leaning towards a more heavy offense this season, it will be tough to rely on either guy.
Over the final 5 weeks of the NFL regular season, Dalton scored more fantasy points than every QB except Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. He only completed 111 passes (8th) but his 12 Tds were matched by only Peyton (19). Over the course of the season he completed 3 or more touchdown passes 6 times! Things are going to change this season operating under a new offensive coordinator and scheme, but Dalton has one of the best WRs in the NFL and a running back that caught 56 passes while splitting time. Dalton will be a fine fantasy QB in deeper leagues, and will most likey be added to a roster and stick around for the rest of the season if he went undrafted. We ranked him 17th in our QB rankings.
Bernard gave way to 7 BJGE touchdowns in 2013 and still finished as the 12th best RB with 8 total TDs of his own. The only RBs to finish in the Top 20 with 170 carries or less were Danny Woodhead, Joique Bell and Pierre Thomas. Bernard wit 225+ carries plus nearly 100 targets is something you want on your fantasy football team! We ranked him 9th in our RB rankings.
Only Andre Johnson and Pierre Garcon were targeted more often by their QB. It will be interesting to see if Green goes back to being the Red Zone target with Marvin Jones out. In 2012, Green caught 8 TDs inside 20 yards, compared to 4 last season. We ranked him 6th in our WR rankings.
Marvin Jones / Mohamed Sanu
4 of Jones' 10 TDs came in one game against the New York Jets but he was second on the team in targets with 80. If he can return from his foot injury 100%, and you spent a late round pick on him as a stash, you could be handsomely rewarded! Sanu might be better value plays in daily fantasy football on DraftKings or FanDuel than in your redraft/dynasty lineups for the Bengals 3 games before the BYE week.
Jermaine Gresham / Tyler Eifert
Eifert is the guy to stash if you want to take a chance on the Bengals TEs, but Gresham is the better blocker and will be on the field more often. Eifert grabbed 5 passes twice last season, but failed to gain more than 66 yards in his rookie season and scored just twice. Oddly enough, Gresham finished strong with 3 TDs in the Bengals final 4 games, including the Wildcard loss to the San Diego Chargers. If the Bengals do rely more on the pass, and the play-action becomes part of the offense, then the TEs could prove valuable. I wouldn't bet on it though. We ranked Eifert 19th in our TE rankings.
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