Name: Andy Dalton
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Years Pro: 2
Draft stock: (Rising) Everyone and their brother has been picking the Bengals to win the AFC North in 2013. Given the high expectations in Cincy, Dalton is being looked upon as one of the most talented fantasy football quarterbacks. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Dalton is a fan-favorite because of his grit, but he’s hardly an elite fantasy guy this early in his career.
2012 fantasy impact: Many pessimists were calling for Dalton to face plant in his sophomore campaign, but that was hardly the case in 2013. Building off of a decent 2012, Dalton tossed 27 touchdowns, but also threw 16 interceptions, which isn’t exactly what fantasy owners want to see. Surprisingly, the Bengals’ quarterback rushed for four touchdowns in 2013 — Dalton had only one rush TD in his rookie year.
Best-case scenario: With A.J. Green serving as his go-to target, Dalton excels in his second season and solidifies himself as a solid fantasy option — for now.
Worst-case scenario: Dalton responds negatively to the Bengals’ expectations and finds himself pressing more often than not. Cincy’s new offense isn’t able to shine because of Dalton’s inconsistencies.
Where you should draft him: If you’re drafting Dalton to be your starting quarterback, then you’re going about fantasy football the wrong way. I understand he has some upside, but don’t select him until at least the 14th round.