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QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

6-2, 215Born: 10-29-1987College: TCUDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Dalton was a perfect 10-for-10 to open the loss to the Patriots, and he also finished a drive with his legs. He needs Tyler Eifert back to boost the red zone offense, but even if Eifert can't return this week, Dalton is a great play against the woeful Browns pass defense.

Week 7: vs Cleveland Browns

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The Bengals did without Tyler Eifert (again) last weekend, and the lack of reliable receivers outside of A.J. Green limited what Andy Dalton could get done at New England. Dalton threw 21/31 for 254 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, while taking two sacks for -17 yards (he did spike the effort for his fantasy owners with 2/17/1 rushing, which helped cushion the lack of scoring passes). Green led the team in targets with 10 for 6/88/0 receiving, while Tyler Boyd contributed five for 4/79/0. Giovani Bernard was third on the squad with five for 4/45/0, while Brandon LaFell scored against his former team with five targets for 2/13/1. We'll see if the excitement of facing an AFC North rival can fire up this attack. The Browns usually help out opposing quarterbacks - so far this year they've given out 16 passing scores in six games, vs. six interceptions and just nine sacks generated. The Browns average 285.3 yards passing allowed per game (tied for 26th in the NFL), and coughed up 17/24 for 270 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks for -14 yards to Marcus Mariota last weekend. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Cleveland has averaged 28.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-most in the NFL); and 18.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-least); with 22.6 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (most in the league). This is a great matchup for Dalton and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs DEN 67 21 31 206 0 1 6 40 0 0 13.3
4 vs MIA 70 22 31 296 1 0 6 -12 0 0 15.6
5 at DAL 70 29 41 269 2 0 6 34 0 0 24.85
6 at NE 66 21 31 254 1 0 2 17 1 0 24.4
7 vs CLE 0 19 28 308 2 0 0 0 0 0 23.4
7 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds * 24 34 * * * 5 * * * *
7 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 22 34 * * * 4 * * * *
7 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom * 21 28 * * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs NE (21 / 31 / 254 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 17 / 1 rush)

Despite the lopsided score, Dalton had a strong game. He came out of the gates on fire, completing his first ten passes. The first incompletion came on a 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line. He threw a fade route to A.J. Green, but the defender was positioned perfectly to cut off Green and the pass sailed incomplete. The next drive, Dalton was again dealing as he started the game completing 13 of his first 14 passes. He squeezed in passes of 22 and 14 yards to A.J. Green and another of 14 yards to Tyler Boyd to get the Bengals into the red zone. The 22-yard completion to Green was a dart thrown into a small window deep down the sideline. The 14-yarder to Green was also right on the money as Green came down with the ball just shy of the end zone in-between multiple defenders. Dalton finished the drive off with a 2-yard rushing touchdown. The Bengals ran option left and Dalton faked a toss to the back to freeze the linebacker before cutting it up inside for the score. Dalton started off the second half hot and led a quick touchdown drive to start the third quarter. The drive featured a 15-yard scramble and long completions to A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. Dalton finished it off with a strike to Brandon LaFell on 3rd-and-goal from the 5-yard line.

2016 Week 5 vs DAL (29 / 41 / 269 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 34 / 0 rush)

Dalton played well, despite the loss. At one point, he completed 14 straight pass attempts despite facing constant pressure. The Cowboys dominated time of possession early and forced the Bengals to play from behind. The Bengals offensive line really struggled once Dallas defenders were able to pin their ears back and rush and Dalton was sacked four times. He could have been sacked many other times but was able to escape and throw on the run. He was able to move the offense in the first half, but penalties and sacks led to drives stalling inside Dallas territory. Conservative decisions by Marvin Lewis led to punts on 4th-and-medium from near the Dallas 40-yard line on the first two drives of the game. Dalton did a nice job tucking the ball and running when plays broke down, showing off his underrated athleticism. Dalton also did well on a number of plays to avoid pressure, step up in the pocket and find a receiver down field. He hit Tyler Boyd for 20 yards after escaping pressure and throwing on the run. Dalton's first touchdown also came after he used his legs to buy time in the pocket, scramble forward and flip it to a wide-open Brandon LaFell in the back center of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown. He lit LaFell later in the fourth quarter for a 5-yard touchdown pass on an out route from the slot.

2016 Week 4 vs MIA (22 / 31 / 296 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / -12 / 0 rush)

Dalton was sharp and efficient. He was unable to connect on a couple red zone throws, which allowed the Dolphins to hang around a little bit. But once it became clear that the Dolphins offense posed little threat, the Bengals game plan turned very conservative. Dalton threw some beautiful deep ball to A.J. Green. On an early 51-yard completion to Green, Dalton stepped up to avoid pressure in the pocket, rolled right and threw a strike on the run deep down the sideline. Green outleaped the defender for the big gain. A few plays later, Dalton hit Green on a 3rd-down crossing route for 19-yards to set up a 1st-and-goal. He threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Green on a quick screen. Dalton flipped it out to the flat and Green did all the work, beating his defender to get into the end zone. Dalton also hit Green for 40 yards with a beautifully thrown deep ball dropped right in behind the corner and ahead of the safety. Dalton showed strong accuracy most of the day. He has a great rapport with Giovani Bernard on throws out of the backfield and is able to hit him on the run, dropping the ball in with perfect timing. Dalton does not have quite the same rapport yet with backup C.J. Uzomah, which contributed to some of the red zone struggles. Dalton had Uzomah wide open on a crossing route for what should have been a touchdown, but the throw was slightly behind him and Uzomah had to slow to make the catch, which caused him to come up just short of the end zone.

2016 Week 3 vs DEN (21 / 31 / 206 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 40 / 0 rush)

Dalton led an impressive touchdown drive late in the first-half. He had three long completions in a row (two to A.J. Green and one to C.J. Uzomah) to move the Bengals inside the Broncos 5-yard line, where Jeremy Hill finished the drive off. The third-and-long throw to Uzomah to keep the drive moving and get the Bengals into the red zone was especially impressive. Dalton threaded the ball in between three defenders down the seam to his big tight end. Dalton threw a horrible interception with the Bengals trailing by two touchdowns late. He tried to force it in to C.J. Uzomah and T.J. Ward undercut the route and popped the ball up into the air, where it was easily intercepted by the Safety. With the Broncos defense playing primarily man coverage, Dalton did well throughout the game scrambling to pick up yards when the defenders backs were turned. He had runs of 10, 11 and 15 yards when the play broke down and nobody was open.

2016 Week 2 vs PIT (31 / 54 / 366 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

Dalton had a mediocre performance despite the big yardage totals. He was able to move the offense relatively well between the 20s, but had three long drives stall in the red zone. Jeremy Hill was open for a touchdown on one drive and A.J. Green came open in the end zone on another, but Dalton did not see them and the Bengals were forced to settle for short field goals. He had a short pass over the middle intended for Hill that should have been intercepted, but was dropped by the Steelers defender. Dalton may have had a couple touchdown passes in the first half, but Steelers defenders wisely grabbed the open receiver, drawing interference penalties while keeping the Bengals out of the end zone. When the Bengals went down two scores midway through the fourth quarter, Dalton led an impressive scoring drive that finished with a 25-yard touchdown completion to Giovani Bernard. Dalton had the Bengals driving inside the Steelers 40-yard line down eight points with just under two minutes left, but a controversial fumble by Tyler Boyd ended the threat.

2016 Week 1 vs NYJ (23 / 30 / 366 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)

Andy Dalton's production in the passing game was extraordinary given how much pressure he faced. He was the first quarterback to pass for 320+ yards while getting sacked at least seven times since Aaron Rodgers accomplished the same feat in 2009. Dalton was especially effective in making audibles at the line and getting the Bengals into the right plays to attack the Jets corners when he saw a favorable one-on-one matchup. He showed tremendous chemistry with A.J. Green all day. The duo connected on a number of plays despite strong coverage, with Dalton putting the ball where only his receiver could get it and Green making spectacular plays on the ball. A number of the sacks Dalton took were due to great coverage. He was unable to get the ball out quickly to his primary reads and the pocket collapsed before he could throw the ball away. The one mistake Dalton made was the only play in which he forced the ball into coverage. Facing 3rd-and-15 with pressure coming up the middle, he threw towards Tyler Boyd running an out route from the slot. The Jets were in a zone. The outside corner dropped off his man to step in front of Boyd for the easy interception. Dalton made one poor throw that probably cost him a touchdown pass. He had CJ Uzomah wide open near the end zone, but pressure in his face caused him to throw off his back foot and the ball wobbled out and Uzomah couldn't snag the ball down around his knees. Dalton was impressive in his accuracy down the field. He dropped it in the bucket on deep completions to Uzomah and Brandon LaFell for big gains.


Latest News

Bengals | Andy Dalton surpasses 300-yard mark (Sun Oct 23, 04:59 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton went 19-for-28 for 308 yards and two touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7.

Our View: Dalton's totals were inflated by a first-half hail mary. He'll be a high floor streamer against Washington next week.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton accounts for two TDs (Mon Oct 17, 12:23 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 21 of his 31 pass attempts for 254 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 6 game against the New England Patriots. He ran two times for 17 yards and a score, too.

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