Cincinnati Bengals’ Top 5 Fantasy Players to Target

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Cincinnati Bengals' Top Fantasy Players

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In a tough AFC North Division, the Cincinnati Bengals managed to make the playoffs two years straight. The main reason is because these are not your father’s Bengals. Marvin Lewis has taken this team to new heights making believers out of “who-dey” Nation every year. Bengals owner Mike Brown’s patience with him has paid off. The Bengals are now a winning team and that winning team has a few viable fantasy options for the upcoming season.

Defensively they have a few guys that can really get after the QB; they have even managed to sign James Harrison who jumped ship from the Pittsburgh Steelers who released him in March of this year. Harrison paired with Michael Johnson will be a bookend combination that will notch up plenty of points for owners of the Bengals’ defense. Resigning LB Rey Maualuga and Geno Atkins were more great moves to help fortify the Defense.

Although the Bengals will present an impressively stout defense for the 2013 campaign, the reason fans are really filling the stands and why fantasy owners cannot wait until their draft is because of this turn around offense. The Bengals used to present a mediocre at best offense that consisted of a boring, but consistent T.J. Houshmandzadeh, loud mouth Chad Ochocinco (now Chad Johnson again), respectable Cedric Benson and inconsistent Carson Palmer. Since 2011, the Bengals have managed to clean house on that side of the ball and brought in some young, questionable, but coachable talent. In the slides to follow, I will share with you my top five fantasy players to target in fantasy football drafts.

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No. 5 The “Law Firm” BenJarvis Green-Ellis Is Still Relevant

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Although the Bengals decided to draft Giovani Bernard in the second round of the draft, BenJarvis Green-Ellis will still have the starting job. Green-Ellis made his case for starting by finishing the 2012 season off on a good note. In weeks 11-15, Green-Ellis averaged 5.1 yards per carry and even managed to push out four 100-yard performances and had three visits to “touchdown town” during that span. Another bonus with the pickup of this RB is ball security; he rarely fumbles. Look for more goal-line situations with this secure ball-carrier. He will a good value pick in the later rounds of your Fantasy Draft.

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No. 4 Jermaine Gresham Will Get More Looks In 2013

GRESHAM
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With the Bengals bringing in Tyler Eifert, the offense will look to add more two TE sets. These offensive changes should be enough to take some of the pressure off of Jermaine Gresham and give him more opportunities in the redzone. Look for Gresham to be the No. 6 TE to come off of the board this year.

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No. 3 “Big Red” Andy Dalton Will Be Drafted This Year

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Fantasy owners will look at all the flashy mobile quarterbacks around the league and be dazzled by their mobility and point potential; what they unfortunately forget is that mobile QBs get hurt. Andy Dalton is a pocket passer who has more than A.J. Green to throw to now. Look for Dalton to be the No. 13 QB to come off the board. I’ll even be bold enough to say he’ll come off before Phillip Rivers.

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No. 2 Look For The Bengals D To Rack Up Points

Bengals d
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Yes, the defense is considered a player in most leagues. The Bengals D did very well in their last eight games of the season; they forced 19 turnovers during that span. They also managed to place third in sacks on the season with 51; they were only behind the Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams (tied with 52 sacks). Look for them to be No. 5 Defense to come off the board.

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No. 1 A.J. Green Is The Bengals’ Top Weapon

green
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No surprise here; A.J. Green puts the fans in the stands and fantasy owners in the winner’s circle. He put up 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. He will be the No. 3 or No. 4 Receiver coming off the board. Look for this talented receiver to stay on pace and put up monster numbers in the upcoming season.

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Cincinnati Bengals' Top Fantasy Players

Bengals
Charles Leclaire-USA TODAY Sports

In a tough AFC North Division, the Cincinnati Bengals managed to make the playoffs two years straight. The main reason is because these are not your father’s Bengals. Marvin Lewis has taken this team to new heights making believers out of “who-dey” Nation every year. Bengals owner Mike Brown’s patience with him has paid off. The Bengals are now a winning team and that winning team has a few viable fantasy options for the upcoming season.

Defensively they have a few guys that can really get after the QB; they have even managed to sign James Harrison who jumped ship from the Pittsburgh Steelers who released him in March of this year. Harrison paired with Michael Johnson will be a bookend combination that will notch up plenty of points for owners of the Bengals’ defense. Resigning LB Rey Maualuga and Geno Atkins were more great moves to help fortify the Defense.

Although the Bengals will present an impressively stout defense for the 2013 campaign, the reason fans are really filling the stands and why fantasy owners cannot wait until their draft is because of this turn around offense. The Bengals used to present a mediocre at best offense that consisted of a boring, but consistent T.J. Houshmandzadeh, loud mouth Chad Ochocinco (now Chad Johnson again), respectable Cedric Benson and inconsistent Carson Palmer. Since 2011, the Bengals have managed to clean house on that side of the ball and brought in some young, questionable, but coachable talent. In the slides to follow, I will share with you my top five fantasy players to target in fantasy football drafts.

2 of 6

No. 5 The “Law Firm” BenJarvis Green-Ellis Is Still Relevant

Law firm
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Although the Bengals decided to draft Giovani Bernard in the second round of the draft, BenJarvis Green-Ellis will still have the starting job. Green-Ellis made his case for starting by finishing the 2012 season off on a good note. In weeks 11-15, Green-Ellis averaged 5.1 yards per carry and even managed to push out four 100-yard performances and had three visits to “touchdown town” during that span. Another bonus with the pickup of this RB is ball security; he rarely fumbles. Look for more goal-line situations with this secure ball-carrier. He will a good value pick in the later rounds of your Fantasy Draft.

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No. 4 Jermaine Gresham Will Get More Looks In 2013

GRESHAM
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the Bengals bringing in Tyler Eifert, the offense will look to add more two TE sets. These offensive changes should be enough to take some of the pressure off of Jermaine Gresham and give him more opportunities in the redzone. Look for Gresham to be the No. 6 TE to come off of the board this year.

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No. 3 “Big Red” Andy Dalton Will Be Drafted This Year

RED
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy owners will look at all the flashy mobile quarterbacks around the league and be dazzled by their mobility and point potential; what they unfortunately forget is that mobile QBs get hurt. Andy Dalton is a pocket passer who has more than A.J. Green to throw to now. Look for Dalton to be the No. 13 QB to come off the board. I’ll even be bold enough to say he’ll come off before Phillip Rivers.

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No. 2 Look For The Bengals D To Rack Up Points

Bengals d
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, the defense is considered a player in most leagues. The Bengals D did very well in their last eight games of the season; they forced 19 turnovers during that span. They also managed to place third in sacks on the season with 51; they were only behind the Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams (tied with 52 sacks). Look for them to be No. 5 Defense to come off the board.

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No. 1 A.J. Green Is The Bengals’ Top Weapon

green
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

No surprise here; A.J. Green puts the fans in the stands and fantasy owners in the winner’s circle. He put up 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. He will be the No. 3 or No. 4 Receiver coming off the board. Look for this talented receiver to stay on pace and put up monster numbers in the upcoming season.


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