Making The Case To Draft Andy Dalton

Bob Lung Fantasy Football Consistency Clutch Factor - Andy Dalton
Last year, Andy Dalton went from 19th in total points to 12th in total points. Despite being labeled as an extremely consistent quarterback, the consistency dropped heavily last year. As Bob Lung write in his 2017 Fantasy Football Consistency Guide "going from fourth to 21st  with only a 44% Clutch Rate."

Despite never finishing below QB18, Dalton is a tough QB to get a grip on entering into 2017. If he puts up his 2015 numbers (which he very well could), he should be a fantasy starter. But, we could also be looking at another average season from the Bengals QB.

Outside of 2015, Andy has never missed an NFL game. This year is already looking up for the Red Rifle. He's now played a full season in Ken Zampese's system, and is comfortable inside it with his main weapons returning, which is important because the Bengals often struggle to retain key WR's. He's got a top ten tight end in Tyler Eifert, a top 5 WR in AJ Green, the fastest receiver in the league in John Ross, and a versatile rookie RB in Joe Mixon.

Dalton had a rough 2016 in the touchdown category, throwing just 18. This worries me, but remember he did not get more than 10 games out of Tyler Eifert, AJ Green, or Gio Bernard. Some are still worried, but don't forget that Dalton had the 7th best rating before AJ Green's injury, and the 18th best after he went down. With a speedy receiver in Ross and two big targets in Eifert and Green, Dalton will be slinging the deep ball often. That's a positive for Dalton, as no QB was better than Dalton on "deep" routes last year, per Pro Football Focus.

Additionally, he has an RB in Mixon who can catch passes and also be a legitimate running threat. Another problem people have with Dalton this year is the loss of top tier offensive linemen, particularly Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler. While this might not be a huge deal as he took the second most sacks last year, it is cause for concern considering he has a particularly low grade when under pressure, according to Pro Football Focus.

According to Dalton, the offense is making strides this year. If he gets everyone healthy, you're almost certainly looking at a guy who can push into the top-10 scorers on the year. Even if the team is struggling with injuries, he's almost bound for improvement with two new rookie weapons. While Dalton might not be the "sexy" pick at quarterback, he is without question a solid pick at QB and someone who will get you guaranteed points that you can find after drafting nearly your entire team.

We ranked Dalton as the 18th QB in our initial rankings.

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