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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 Sep 8): Dalton played within himself, and he allowed his best player to make a play to win the game and produce a solid fantasy week in the process. In a less tough matchup at home against Atlanta, Dalton is definitely a viable play for QB streamers this week.

Week 2: vs Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The dire predictions about the demise of Andy Dalton and the Bengals' passing game under Hue Jackson were found to be overblown in Week One - the Bengals attempted 26 rushes vs. 38 pass attempts, and when the dust settled Dalton had thrown 25/38 for 301 yards, one TD and zero interceptions at Baltimore, with zero sacks taken (the Ravens also didn't hit him at all during the game). As always, A.J. Green led the charge in this phase (nine targets for 6/131/1 receiving), followed by Giovani Bernard (10 targets for 6/62/0 receiving), Tyler Eiftert (three for 3/37/0) and Mohamed Sanu (five for 4/36/0). Unfortunately Eifert dislocated his right elbow and is out for several weeks - he will definitely miss this contest as he is now on IR/designated to return (meaning he won't be available again until Week 10 at the earliest), leaving Jermaine Gresham (five targets for 2/16/0 in Week One) as the starting tight end during Week Two and going forwards. The Falcons allowed three rushing TDs to the Saints last week (28/139/3 rushing allowed), so Drew Brees didn't have to win the game with his arm in Week One. Nevertheless, the Falcons still coughed up 29/42 for 333 yards, one TD and one interception generated, with zero sacks of Brees. Last season, the Falcons ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 244 net passing yards allowed per game, with a mere 10 interceptions (tied for 29th) and only 32 sacks generated (also 29th in the NFL). The lack of pressure on Brees during Week One indicates that we may see more of the same from the sorry Atlanta pass defense during 2014. Advantage, Cincinnati.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at BAL 25 38 301 1 0 6 3 0 0
2 vs ATL 15 23 252 1 0 3 6 0 0
2 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds 24 36 * * * 4 * * *
2 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay 23 37 * * * 3 * * *
2 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom 25 36 * * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs BAL (25 / 38 / 301 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 3 / 0 rush)

Despite being 3rd all-time in passing yards and TD in the first three seasons of a player's career, Andy Dalton has taken a beating among the media this off-season. 20 interceptions and a 3rd straight playoff loss have not done him any favors. So a week one matchup in a stadium in which he has never won, against a team that he threw 7 int's against last year seemed like the worst possible start for Dalton's 2014 campaign. The off-season has been full of proclamations that the Bengals were going to be a running team, and Dalton's value has amazingly plummeted in fantasy circles to the point where he isn't even in the top 15 in many people's preseason polls. Against the Ravens, new coordinator Hue Jackson obviously had one thing in mind: Don't turn the ball over. Dalton started the game throwing it short, and kept things short and safe the entire game. In the first half, Dalton repeatedly led the Bengals down the field with short slants, screens and out patterns, and had no trouble moving the ball. Unfortunately, the offense repeatedly stalled in Baltimore territory. On the first possession, Dalton threw it away to end the drive. On the second possession, Hue Jackson had Dalton run a QB keeper, which not surprisingly didn't work against the physical Ravens defense. Dalton failed to convert another 3rd down on the 3rd possession with another QB keeper. Later in the first half, Gresham was wide open deep in Ravens territory, but Gresham didn't finish running the route and the miscommunication cost the Bengals an easy TD. Also, on numerous occasions Dalton simply threw the ball away. It was obvious he was coached to make no mistakes in this game, a decision that seemed to serve Cincy well. The second half was full of miscommunications and errors. The new offense looked much different than the old one, was being run at a fast pace, and miscommunication with Green and Sanu stalled a few drives. Jackson called reverses, Dalton ran the triple option, and the offense obviously wasn't sharp. The conservative approach and the lack of a solid running game almost cost the Bengals the game. A deep pass to Steve Smith gave the Ravens the lead deep in the 4th quarter. For the first time in the game, Dalton had to throw the ball deep downfield, and the result was spectacular. Two daggers in a row buried the Ravens. First Dalton threw a deep ball down the right sideline and hit AJ Green in stride. Green juggled it due to great defense by the CB, but Green adjusted, made the play and walked in for an astounding 78 yard TD. Then Dalton threw it up at the pylon to Sanu and Sanu made the catch for the 2-pt conversion. Overall, the offense isn't clicking and the loss of Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert (as well as Hawkins from a year ago) have severely limited the number of receiving options for Dalton. But despite that, Dalton threw for 300 and hit a big game-winning bomb to AJ Green. Overall, despite the issues, it's a great start for Dalton under Hue Jackson. He was able to eradicate the turnovers, move the ball and beat a tough defense on the road.


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