Cincinnati Bengals, Def, Bengals: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Cincinnati Bengals, Def, Bengals

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Age Height Weight
Def - #19 222.38 CIN Active 47 0' 0 0

2016 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs


Cincinnati finished 7th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (1477) in 2015 with ball carriers gaining league average yards per rush (4.3) and eight rushing TDs. Their success was better than expected as opposing teams only attempted 21.5 rushing attempts per game, which was the lowest total in the league and about 15 percent below the league average (26.4). The Bengals had the 20th ranked pass defense with 3976 yards allowed. QBs only had 18 passing TDs against them with 21 Ints and 42 sacks.

DT Geno Atkins returned to top form in 2015 while offering a solid edge against the run while recording 11 sacks. DT Domata Peko has a huge liability in run support with a career-high five sacks. His skill isn't high enough where he will be trusted for a starting job for much longer. The only player will chance to offer upside is DT Marcus Hardison, who Cinci selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Hardison has first step quickness created by his anticipation. His mindset is built on his attacking the QB, so he tends to give up ground when stalled by run blockers. Marcus needs to get stronger in his lower half to add more power to his game. DT Andrew Billings has enough talent to offer upside as well with his best asset being his plus strength. Andrew may play on rushing downs in his rookie season.

DE Carlos Dunlap offered the most value as an edge pass rusher last year when he recorded 13.5 sacks. He graded as an asset against the run as well. DE Michael Johnson has been unable to recreate his success on the defensive line that he showed in 2012 (11.5 sacks). Johnson played well in run support with regression in sacks (5) in 2015.

LB Vontaze Burfict was one of the best run defenders in the league in his ten games played. He had value as a pass rusher while being league average in pass coverage. He missed six games to start 2015 due to a slow recovery from microfracture surgery. This season he will be suspended for three games for his bad hit on Antonio Brown in the playoffs. LB Rey Maualuga offered league average value in all areas. LB Karlos Dansby continues to play well in pass coverage with risk in run support. He'll start the season at age 34.

S George Iloka added value in run support while holding his own in pass coverage. Shawn Williams is expected to start at free safety. Williams had risk against the run with winnable value as a pass defender. CB Adam Jones continues to play well in the passing game with above average success in run support. CB Leon Hall grades out as a league average player. CB Dre Kirkpatrick failed again in coverage with no value supporting the run.

This defense somewhat overachieved in 2015. They have three strong players will possibly upside on the interior of their defensive line. Cinci has multiple players on the downside of their careers which may lead to more failure than expect on the defensive side of the ball. Regression on defense may lead to more production by the Bengals' offense. As a Fantasy option, they will have matchup value at times, and I would view than as a backup defense.

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