QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

6-2, 215Born: 10-29-1987College: TCUDrafted: Round 2, pick 2011

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): A garbarge time 66-yard score to John Ross made Dalton's day, but they all count the same for fantasy. It's clear this will remain a top volume pass offense and AJ Green will be back soon. Buffalo isn't an easy matchup this week, but Dalton is clearly rosterable in typical leagues.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Thus far, the debut of new coach and offensive guru Zac Taylor has brought a mixed bag of results. The offensive pace is way up - these Bengals are running nine plays more per game than last year's version - but efficiency hasn't followed. Andy Dalton looked sharp in Week 1, completing 35 of 51 passes for 418 yards and 2 touchdowns. But things fell apart last Sunday, with Dalton looking out of sorts and struggling to make plays down the field. Prior to a long garbage-time touchdown, Dalton had mustered just 245 yards over 41 attempts (an anemic 6.0 average). The team is determined to feed the ball to speedy wideout John Ross in space, sometimes to a fault. Ross has generated a handful of huge plays, including two long touchdowns in the opener and a 66-yard catch-and-run last Sunday. But he remains quite raw as a full-time weapon, struggling with drops and ball control. Tyler Boyd is still the primary option here, working mostly on tough slot routes over the middle. He's a dependable target, and like Ross, he's capable of making things happen on the run. Unfortunately, this attack is too often hampered by one of the league's worst pass-blocking lines. Left tackle Cordy Glenn may return Sunday, but that wouldn't be enough to keep Dalton upright and comfortable. Even though there are some intriguing pieces in place, this is a volatile unit that's difficult to trust. A date with the Bills' smothering secondary isn't ideal at this point in its development. The Buffalo pass defense hasn't been truly tested yet, opening the year against two shaky passing games in in-state matchups. Still, it seems clear this unit hasn't lost its 2018 magic. The Bills boast a strong pass rush, one of the league's best cornerback duos, and a solid set of safeties on the back end. TreDavious White has developed into one of the game's premier cover men, capable of both smothering receivers and making plays on the ball. Levi Wallace has been great on the other side, so working the boundaries is exceptionally tough in this matchup. White and Wallace don't move around the formation, though, and neither will follow Bengals slot man Tyler Boyd inside. That leaves a glaring mismatch for slot specialists Kevin Johnson and Siran Neal, but they'll get support from safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, who are both skilled in help coverage. Overall, it's not easy for any passing game to find success in this matchup. The retooling Bengals are not strong candidates to buck that trend.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at SEA 77 35 51 418 2 0 0 0 0 2 26.9
2 vs SF 70 26 42 311 2 1 2 2 0 0 21.75
3 at BUF 20 36 249 1 2 1 1 1 0 20.55
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 22 36 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 22 36 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 24 39 * * * 1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Andy Dalton's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs SF (26 / 42 / 311 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Penalties on the offensive line directly caused a number of drives to stall and were the biggest offensive problem for the Bengals. Dalton's inconsistent play didn't help matters. He made a couple poor choices late in the first half that contributed to the game getting out of hand. On a third and long from just outside the red zone, Dalton scrambled and could have picked up at least five yards to setup a short field goal attempt. Instead, he ran three yards past the line and then lofted it up over the head of a tight end down the middle of the field, drawing a five-yard penalty for an illegal pass. Instead of a 40-yard field goal, it was pushed back to a 53-yard attempt that was missed. It was a momentum swinging play. Dalton also threw an awful interception on a 2nd-and-5 just outside of the red zone near the end of the first half. He rolled to his right and threw it towards Tyler Eifert who was bracketed with a safety over top and a linebacker underneath. The pass had no chance and was easily intercepted by Kwon Alexander. Dalton was lucky to have thrown just the one interception. A 49ers cornerback undercut a short out route along the sideline and should have had a pick six but dropped the ball. Dalton had an easy 1-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert off of play action and a meaningless 66-yard touchdown to John Ross in the final seconds of the game. He had a touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd that was called back due to holding.

2019 Week 1 vs SEA (35 / 51 / 418 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The 418 passing yards were a career high for Dalton. In fact, the Bengals had gone 13 straight seasons with Marvin Lewis as the head coach without a 400-yard passing game. In Zac Taylor's debut, the Bengals were much more pass heavy than in past seasons. Dalton threw 51 times despite Cincinnati never trailing by more than four points. Dalton had some missteps. He missed low on what should have been an easy short completion to John Ross, under threw a deep ball to an open Tyler Boyd, and had the rain soaked ball slip out of his hand for a costly fumble in the red zone. He also had a few passes batted at the line. Despite the few miscues, Dalton was excellent overall. He was in full command of the new offense, getting the ball out quickly and on target. He read the defense well and understood where the vulnerabil-ities were. Dalton also had a few highlight-reel worthy throws. The most impressive came on a 55-yard touchdown pass to John Ross in the final seconds of the first half. Dalton threw it over 50 yards in the air, just over the head of the safety, and hit Ross in stride for the long score. He also showed nice touch on a 33-yard flea-flicker touch-down pass to Ross, dropping the ball in behind the corner and in front of the safety.

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Latest News

Bengals | Andy Dalton carries offense again (Mon Sep 16, 12:18 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton went 26-of-42 for 311 yards and two touchdowns to go along with one interception in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers. He added two yards on two carries and was also sacked four times.

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Bengals | Career game for Andy Dalton (Sun Sep 8, 11:02 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 35 of his 51 passes for a career-high 418 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1.

Our View: It's a career high in completions and yardage for Dalton. He was in command of the Zac Taylor offense and distributing the ball to weapons like Tyler Boyd and John Ross. He becomes a much better option for Fantasy GMs wanting to play matchups with quarterback or GMs in two-quarterback leagues.
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Schedule

3@ Buffalo Bills
4@ Pittsburgh Steelers
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Baltimore Ravens
7vs Jacksonville Jaguars
8@ Los Angeles Rams
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Baltimore Ravens
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs Pittsburgh Steelers
13vs New York Jets
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Cleveland Browns