Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own -
Andy Dalton had a great run as a rookie quarterback in 2011. While he never did a whole lot to wow the fantasy world throughout the season he never really did anything to hurt fantasy teams either. In 2012 Dalton looks to continue with his progression as the #1 quarterback in Cincinnati while trying to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. With a solid running game and a #1 wide receiver like A.J. Green to throw to, Dalton should post similar numbers to 2011. While I wouldn’t draft him as my #1 quarterback he should serve well as a quality backup or spot starter depending on match ups throughout the season. Look to draft Dalton late in the 11th or 12th round and feel confident that he will return decent value as a back up fantasy football quarterback considering your low investment.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own -
Benjarvus Green-Ellis has been a very consistent running back over the last 2 seasons in New England. While never an extremely flashy back he has the strength and the know-how to put the ball in the end zone amassing double digit touchdown totals in both 2011 and 2012. With Cedric Benson leaving in free agency, the Bengals needed a quality replacement and they found that in Green-Ellis. He is a hard nose, between the tackles type back so don’t expect much from him in the passing game. Outside of that you can count on him to see plenty of action and similar touchdown totals to his last two seasons. I would view him as a quality #2 fantasy running back and would not be upset with getting him in the 5th round or later.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own -
A.J. Green is the prototypical #1 wide receiver that you want on your NFL and Fantasy football Roster. A 6’4” monster who is fast as lightning and has hands like glue will produce quality numbers no matter who may be throwing the ball in his direction. Look for him to increase his yardage and touchdown totals in 2012 as the Bengals and Andy Dalton rely heavily on his talents to move to the next level in the AFC North. Don’t be hesitant to grab him up in the 2nd round of your draft as he will prove to be worth the investment.
Another wide receiver that is deserves some attention is Mohammed Sanu. The reports out of Bengals camp have all been very good for the rookie and with a realistic chance to be the #2 wide receiver in Cincinnati he could make a fantasy impact starting week 1. A.J. Green will be drawing a majority of the opposing defenses focus so that should free up Sanu to roam free and create some havoc for cornerbacks covering him 1 on 1. Look to draft Sanu around the 16th round of your fantasy draft and expect a solid return for your late investment.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to own -
Jermaine Gresham is ready for a breakout year in 2012. He is being viewed as Dalton’s #2 target in the Cincinnati passing game and if that holds true could push him into a #1 tight end for your fantasy football squad. He is a very big and strong athlete and can be a dominating force in the red zone. A year with nearly 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns is not out of the question so feel confident in drafting him in the 9th or 10th round.
* Monitor Gresham’s status as the preseason goes on. He sustained a knee injury in the Bengal’s week 2 pre-season game and did not return.
Fantasy Football Place Kicker to own -
Mike Nugent is a solid yet unspectacular kicker and should be drafted (or not drafted) as such. The fault does not lie with Nugent alone as the Bengals did run into issues with moving the ball at times in 2011. With that being said there should be plenty of quality kickers available late in the draft so look elsewhere for your starter.
Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams -
The Bengals defense in 2012 should be a solid unit to add to your fantasy squad. With an upgraded secondary they should be able to contain most of the passing offenses in the NFL while still limiting elite ones as well. If you are working with an Individual Defensive Position (IDP) league, Defensive End Carlos Dunlap, Linebackers Rey Maualuga and Thomas Howard, as well as Defensive Back Reggie Nelson should all provide decent return on your investment. Just don’t reach for any of them as there are better options available.
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