Top 5 2013 Fantasy Football Players: Cincinnati Bengals

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Top Five 2013 Fantasy Football Players: Cincinnati Bengals

Top Five 2013 Fantasy Football Players: Cincinnati Bengals
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals have their sights set on winning the AFC North for the first time since 2009. But more importantly, they have their sights set on helping you win your fantasy football league for the first time since, well, I guess that’s up to you.

In real life, they hope to accomplish that goal with a combination of a high-powered offense with emerging playmakers, and a solid defense with a dominating defensive line.

That defense will be popular in fantasy circles this summer, but defenses don’t really win fantasy leagues -- offensive players do.

And the Bengals have plenty to go around when it comes to offensive skill positions. They have one of the best receivers in the NFL, a good veteran running back to go with a talented rookie, another talented rookie at tight end and an emerging quarterback.

That means the sky is the limit for the Bengals' offense this year. Their ability to put talent all over the field will mean defenses wont be able to focus on any one guy and open up space for them all to operate.

The running backs will battle for carries this year, but whoever ends up with the carries will get yards and put up fantasy points.

The Bengals have plenty of question marks heading into the season, but the points should be plentiful in Cincinnati, both in real life and for your fantasy team.

These are the five Cincinnati Bengals players that will have the most value in fantasy football this year.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL Writer for RantsSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Mohamed Sanu

Mohamed Sanu
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After a disappointing rookie year that saw the former third-round pick grab only 16 balls last year, Mohamed Sanu is ready for a breakout season with the high-powered Bengals offense.

The talented wideout will take advantage of the space that playing on the other side of A.J. Green will provide.

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4. Tyler Eifert

Tyler Eifert
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Tight ends are the hot property in the NFL today. Teams are building their offensive scheme around these hybrid receiver/blockers, and the best ones excel at the receiving part of the equation.

Tyler Eifert is the latest tight end to enter the league, ready to take advantage of the mismatches his size and skill will give him over the linebackers and safeties that will be tasked with stopping him in the passing game.

The first-round pick out of Notre Dame will have a big year clearing out space and making plays over the middle for the Bengals.

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3. BenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis
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What? Not the running back you were expecting to see on this list? Well, take it from someone who's watched BenJarvus Green-Ellis his whole career -- the always underrated runner consistently delivers.

He never fumbles and is great on the goal line. He may not be as flashy as the young rookie Giovani Bernard that so many think will steal his job this year, but he gets the job done.

In the end, Bernard has the higher upside and has a shot at being a difference-maker for the Bengals, but rookie running backs who specialize in the third-down type of plays have a hard time staying on the field because they aren’t yet equipped to deal with NFL blitzes.

So, expect The Law Firm to maintain his grip on the majority of the carries in Cincinnati this year.

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2. Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton
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Andy Dalton has matured quickly as an NFL player. His first two years in the league have been good, but the third year is the year that the Bengals are expecting him to take that next step and go from a quarterback that doesn’t hold his team back to one that puts them on his shoulders and leads them to victories.

He has all the weapons he needs around him to make it happen, and he just needs to step it up and put his name in the conversation of top fantasy football quarterbacks.

Dalton's development is the biggest question the Bengals face this season as a team, and their win could be your win in your fantasy league.

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1. A.J. Green

A.J. Green
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When the Bengals took A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, they thought they were getting a franchise-changing player. So far, they've gotten that and so much more.

In their first two years together, Green and Andy Dalton have already made their mark as one of the best passing combinations in the league.

The third year is the year that NFL players make the leap and start to truly live up to their potential. If A.J. Green still has another level to his game, that’s a scary thought for the rest of the league.

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Top Five 2013 Fantasy Football Players: Cincinnati Bengals

Top Five 2013 Fantasy Football Players: Cincinnati Bengals
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals have their sights set on winning the AFC North for the first time since 2009. But more importantly, they have their sights set on helping you win your fantasy football league for the first time since, well, I guess that’s up to you.

In real life, they hope to accomplish that goal with a combination of a high-powered offense with emerging playmakers, and a solid defense with a dominating defensive line.

That defense will be popular in fantasy circles this summer, but defenses don’t really win fantasy leagues -- offensive players do.

And the Bengals have plenty to go around when it comes to offensive skill positions. They have one of the best receivers in the NFL, a good veteran running back to go with a talented rookie, another talented rookie at tight end and an emerging quarterback.

That means the sky is the limit for the Bengals' offense this year. Their ability to put talent all over the field will mean defenses wont be able to focus on any one guy and open up space for them all to operate.

The running backs will battle for carries this year, but whoever ends up with the carries will get yards and put up fantasy points.

The Bengals have plenty of question marks heading into the season, but the points should be plentiful in Cincinnati, both in real life and for your fantasy team.

These are the five Cincinnati Bengals players that will have the most value in fantasy football this year.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL Writer for RantsSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Mohamed Sanu

Mohamed Sanu
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing rookie year that saw the former third-round pick grab only 16 balls last year, Mohamed Sanu is ready for a breakout season with the high-powered Bengals offense.

The talented wideout will take advantage of the space that playing on the other side of A.J. Green will provide.

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4. Tyler Eifert

Tyler Eifert
David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Tight ends are the hot property in the NFL today. Teams are building their offensive scheme around these hybrid receiver/blockers, and the best ones excel at the receiving part of the equation.

Tyler Eifert is the latest tight end to enter the league, ready to take advantage of the mismatches his size and skill will give him over the linebackers and safeties that will be tasked with stopping him in the passing game.

The first-round pick out of Notre Dame will have a big year clearing out space and making plays over the middle for the Bengals.

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3. BenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

What? Not the running back you were expecting to see on this list? Well, take it from someone who's watched BenJarvus Green-Ellis his whole career -- the always underrated runner consistently delivers.

He never fumbles and is great on the goal line. He may not be as flashy as the young rookie Giovani Bernard that so many think will steal his job this year, but he gets the job done.

In the end, Bernard has the higher upside and has a shot at being a difference-maker for the Bengals, but rookie running backs who specialize in the third-down type of plays have a hard time staying on the field because they aren’t yet equipped to deal with NFL blitzes.

So, expect The Law Firm to maintain his grip on the majority of the carries in Cincinnati this year.

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2. Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Dalton has matured quickly as an NFL player. His first two years in the league have been good, but the third year is the year that the Bengals are expecting him to take that next step and go from a quarterback that doesn’t hold his team back to one that puts them on his shoulders and leads them to victories.

He has all the weapons he needs around him to make it happen, and he just needs to step it up and put his name in the conversation of top fantasy football quarterbacks.

Dalton's development is the biggest question the Bengals face this season as a team, and their win could be your win in your fantasy league.

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1. A.J. Green

A.J. Green
Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

When the Bengals took A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, they thought they were getting a franchise-changing player. So far, they've gotten that and so much more.

In their first two years together, Green and Andy Dalton have already made their mark as one of the best passing combinations in the league.

The third year is the year that NFL players make the leap and start to truly live up to their potential. If A.J. Green still has another level to his game, that’s a scary thought for the rest of the league.


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