Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
QB - #16 133.63 CIN Active 5 years 28 6'2 216 @andydalton14

2015 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-in

Last updated on Dec-13-2015 by Shawn Childs


Week 14 DFS Update (12/13): Dalton is the 5th-highest scoring QBs after 13 weeks, with three 300-yard passing games and 28 combined TDs. His upside is restricted in some games due to short passing attempts (31.8 per game). In Week 8 he had 231 passing yards and one TD against Pittsburgh. The Steelers have been hot and cold when defending QBs in 2015. Four team have scored over 30 Fantasy points from the QB position and five teams scored fewer than 20 Fantasy points. Pittsburgh has more risk than reward on defense, so Dalton should offer elite upside in the is game. I do think it is important that Tyler Eifert plays in this game.

Week 13 DFS Update (12/3): Dalton continues to be on a career pace in TDs (25 >>> projected for 36) with his passing attempts (32.9) remaining below the league average. His upside is tied to his ability to make big plays (8.2 yards per attempt). In Week 9 he threw for 234 yards and three TDs vs. the Browns. This week he could be without his talented starting TE (Tyler Eifert) who is dealing with a neck issue. The Browns allow the 7th-most Fantasy points to QBs, with two teams scoring over 30 Fantasy points. Possible impact game for A.J. Green gives Dalton top tier upside.

After setting career highs with 363 completions, 4,293 passing yards and 33 passing touchdowns in 2013, Dalton tied his career low of 3,398 yards and set a new low with just 19 TDs last season. However, his completion rate (64.2) had never been better. The Bengals know deep down that they are best when they limit Andy's exposure. Dalton had fewer than 30 attempts in nine games last year as the Bengals leaned on their running game. However, Dalton has thrown at least 16 interceptions in each of the past three seasons. Last year, he had three 300-yard passing games but only one game with more than two passing scores. In addition, his best target, A.J. Green, wasn't at full strength for a significant portion of the year, and the Bengals' secondary receiving options still haven't blossomed into viable threats in the passing game. When you see that tight end Jermaine Gresham had the second-most catches on the team while averaging a measly 7.4 yards per catch, you see the downside risk of Dalton as a fantasy option. With a slew of tough matchups on the slate, Andy should be nothing more than a backup fantasy QB in 2015 while producing league-average stats at best. Green gives him a big-play threat, but the volume necessary to post big numbers won't be there for Dalton.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton

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