Thursday, July 12, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Projections: Cincinnati Bengals

In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the Cincinnati Bengals.


Andy Dalton511.8314.2363424.112.841.5120.41.93.5232.6
The Bengals fired OC Ken Zampese after a pair of shutouts and Dalton expects a more "aggressive" offense from Bill Lazor, now that he has a chance to install his offense this offseason. Many of Dalton's numbers were the lowest of his career or since his rookie season -- completion percentage (59.9), Y/A (6.7), YPG (207.5) and number of 300-yard games (one). If Tyler Eifert and John Ross can stay healthy, Dalton could be a high-end QB2. (In fact, Dalton has finished as the QB18 (or better) every season of his career.)
Matt Barkley5.23.1340.20.400001.36

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Running Backs

Joe Mixon229.110088.934.5327.80.72.2186.78
Now a "svelte" 225 pounds (compared to 238 last rookie minicamp), Mixon is poised for bigger things in his sophomore campaign. The versatile back averaged just 3.5 yards per carry last season behind one of the league's worst offensive lines, but the trade for Cordy Glenn and first-round selection of Billy Price give the line two big upgrades.
Giovani Bernard94.8402.92.445.6410.41.60.2104.93
Mixon missed some time, but Bernard was highly productive down the stretch. In five December games, Bernard had 507 YFS, averaged 4.75 YPC with 24 receptions and two scores. Currently drafted outside the top-50 running backs (via FFC), Gio offers late-round value as a back that could return flex value.
Mark Walton25.7110.50.68.673.
Brian Hill2.48.402.219.8002.82
Ryan Hewitt0001.914.30.102.03

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Wide Receivers

A.J. Green821201.38.40001.3167.93
After missing three-plus games in two of the previous three seasons, Green played a full 16-game slate and posted a 75/1,078/8 stat line in 2017. Aside from 2016 (career-high 96.4 YPG but six missed games), Green has exceeded the 1,000-yard mark in his other six NFL seasons.
Brandon LaFell42.7516.73.20000.170.67
LaFell had 52 catches for 548 yards and three touchdowns in 2017, but that's probably best-case scenario for 2018. After top-10 pick John Ross did nothing (zero catches) as a rookie, more has to be expected from him in 2018.
John Ross22.8376.22.30000.151.22
Held without a catch in his three NFL games, Ross had one carry for 12 yards and a lost fumble as a rookie. Injuries played a major part to his disappointing season, but he says that he feels the healthiest he's been since college.
Tyler Boyd33.9366.11.50000.245.21
A sprained MCL cost Boyd more than a month last season, but he had 10 of his 22 catches in the final two weeks of the season. That said, the only Bengals wide receiver I'd want to own outside of deep(er) leagues is Green.
Alex Erickson788.
Josh Malone5.966.10.6000010.21
Auden Tate1.923.20.200003.52
Cody Core1.6190.100002.5

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Tight Ends

Tyler Eifert39.1469.25.50000.179.72
Over the past four seasons, Eifert has nearly as many touchdowns (18) as games played (24). Durability has been (and still is) the obvious concern, but upside for double-digit scores is a legitimate possibility if he can stay/get healthy.
Tyler Kroft14.81451.8000025.3
C.J. Uzomah4.742.80.300006.08

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