It is always tough to predict how the postseason will affect an NFL team’s regular season roster. When teams are successful in the playoffs, you know that those players will come into the next regular season as the starters and not be nervous about losing their position.
This is not the case for Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton. After another terrible showing in the playoffs for the third straight season, is it possible that the Bengals’ quarterback may be out of a job in 2014?
I believe it is very possible. There are many quarterbacks coming out of this season’s NFL draft that the Bengals may finally say enough is enough from Dalton.
Now, how can this affect your fantasy football team in 2014?
If Dalton is demoted in Cincinnati, then this can change the chemistry of the Bengals’ offense. One person that this can greatly affect is Pro-Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green. Green and Dalton have put together some great numbers over the past few seasons. If the Bengals decide to grab another quarterback, will this help Green’s value in the long run or cause it to take a significant drop?
If Dalton loses his job, this can also greatly affect Giovani Bernard’s production. If a rookie quarterback comes into town, this may cause the Bengals to stick with a two-running back rotation and not feature Bernard as much as he would be if there was a veteran quarterback in the backfield with him.
What will happen to Andy Dalton before the beginning of next season? It is too soon to tell. One thing is for certain, if you own a Bengals’ player in your keeper league or plan on drafting one, you will need to keep a close eye on this situation.