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2013 Team Outlook: Cincinnati Bengals

A fantasy football preview of the Cincinnati Bengals this season. Profiled players include Andy Dalton, Josh Johnson, Giovani Bernard, Rex Burkhead, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

A.J. Green should be one of the first wide receivers off the board in fantasy leagues this season. Green was spectacular last season, catching 97 passes for 1350 yards and 11 touchdowns, and there is no reason to believe his numbers will drop this season. He will probably come off the board as the second or third wide receiver, so plan on drafting him early in fantasy drafts.

Mohamed Sanu is the favorite entering training camp to start across from A.J. Green as the Bengals' number two wide receiver. Sanu was injured for most of his rookie season, but should be fully healthy and ready to make an impact on the field this season. Sanu will have to hold off Marvin Jones for a starting spot, but should be worthy of a roster spot in fantasy leagues if he holds onto his starting position.

Andrew Hawkins will enter the season as the Bengals' slot wide receiver. Hawkins got off to a great start to the 2012 season, but faded badly over the last 11 games. Hawkins may be overvalued entering the 2013 season based on his hot start to last season, but fantasy owners will be dissapointed if they expect him to produce for a full season.

Marvin Jones has a chance to overtake Mohamed Sanu for the Bengals' number 2 wide receiver spot. Jones will need a big preseason to overtake Sanu, and did not impress when given the opportunity to start at the end of last season. Jones should be drafted only in the deepest of leagues.

Rookie Tyler Eifert is unlikely to be a big time fantasy asset in his first season, but is a player to watch in dynasty leagues. Eifert was the 21st pick in the NFL draft, but with Jermaine Gresham ahead of him on the depth chart, his fantasy potential is limited for the near future. However, we liken his skill set to Jimmy Graham: big, physical and quick with great hands. There will be times this season he'll have great games, but knowing when those will come will be the hard part. He's a great late round pick in draft master formats because those big weeks will be rewarded. Eifert does have the potential to be a star for the future, and should be a top 10 tight end once Gresham is out of his way, but not this season.

Jermaine Gresham should enter the season as the Bengals' starting tight end (despite Tyler Eifert being drafted by the team). Eifert will cut into Greshams production, making him just a backup for fantasy players. Do not count on big production from Gresham this season.

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