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WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals

6-3, 211Born: 7-31-1988College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): This is what Green's owners expected when they took him in the top 15 picks of fantasy drafts. He was the target hog and he was close to an even bigger game. Andy Dalton was a mix of the good and bad after being the extremes in Weeks 10 and 11, but Green was almost all good heading into a nice matchup against the Bucs.

General News (Tue Nov 25): posted a career-high 12 receptions for 121 yards in Week 12 against the Houston Texans. "It's just one of those days when you just feel in synch - the whole offense," Green said Sunday, Nov. 23. "Our running game really helped us out to keep me one on one a lot. It was nothing special."

Week 13: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton threw 24/35 for 233 yards, one TD and one interception against the Texans last week, while taking zero sacks. Two weeks ago he bombed the Saints for 16/22 yielding 220 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -1 yards. The Bengals have won two straight games and cling to a slender 1/2 game lead in the AFC North entering this contest. During the winning streak, Dalton has relied on three main receivers; A.J. Green (24 targets for 18/248/1 receiving), Mohamed Sanu (13 for 8/71/1), and Jermaine Gresham (nine for 6/46/2) - nobody else has seen more than five targets during that two game span. Obviously, Green is the guy with the most potential going forwards (he stated this week that he finally feels healthy after struggling through a toe injury earlier in the year). The Buccaneers' pass D has not been very good for most of the season, ranking 22nd in the NFL averaging 252.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given up over 11 games played, vs. just 8 interceptions (tied for 20th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied-18th) generated. Jay Cutler underperformed against Tampa last week with 17/27 for 112 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with three sacks taken for -18 yards), while a struggling Robert Griffin III was limited to 23/32 for 167 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with six sacks taken for -40 yards two games ago. Tampa's pass D has played solidly in this phase of the game over the past two games, folks. Dalton and company are getting into synch, while the suspect Buccaneers seem to have pulled it together in this phase of the game during recent weeks - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup with neither squad holding an edge on the other.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs JAX 1 -3 0 6 3 44 1 0
10 vs CLE 0 0 0 10 3 23 0 0
11 at NO 0 0 0 8 6 127 1 0
12 at HOU 0 0 0 16 12 121 0 0
13 at TB PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 7 * * *
13 at TB PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 7 * * *
13 at TB PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 8 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs CLE (10 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

AJ Green was "targeted" 10 times in the game, but even his freak talents were unable to haul in a slew of poorly thrown ducks from a struggling Andy Dalton. Green looked visibly frustrated after Dalton threw a weak-armed sideline pass at least three yards out of reach with Cincinnati driving in the late second quarter. Green, like his QB, looked out of sorts. He dropped two short passes in the same drive in the third quarter and was never given an opportunity to make a play to bring Cincinnati back in the game. If there is any silver lining, it doesn't appear that Green was hampered by his toe injury.

2014 Week 11 vs NO (8 / 6 / 127 / 1 rec)

Green had a huge day. He looked fast, showed off his great hands, and looked like the AJ Green of 2013. Green had a 21 yard deep sideline route in the first half, and almost had a TD, but just let the ball graze the ground. But he really put his stamp on the game on a huge drive in the 4th quarter. Green got loose on 3rd and 18 and had just a bit of space between his double coverage and the sideline. Dalton laid it right on the money and Green caught a 38 yard pass. He then caught a slant pass, broke a tackle and got a first down. Then he ended his day with a 24 yard catch of another perfectly thrown ball right at the pylon for a touchdown. Green faced double coverage for most of the day, and still had a huge game. He looked completely healthy, so his owners can expect to finally start getting the production that they have been expecting, as his speed and route running was impeccable.

2014 Week 12 vs HOU (16 / 12 / 121 / 0 rec)

Green had a big game last week, and continued that this week with another huge game. Green was practically uncoverable in the short and intermediate routes, getting open on slants, out patterns, comebacks and sideline routes. Green made a sick cut after a short comeback route, completely shook the defender and went downfield for 20 yards. Green converted a 3rd down route with a great leaping 11 yard catch in the first half. Dalton never really threw deep for AJ Green, which is a bit unusual. The playcalling kept things short, and Green responded with a great day in any ppr leagues, garnering 12 receptions. Green's toe looks perfectly fine, and he should be an explosive playmaker for the remainder of this season.


Latest News

Bengals | A.J. Green sets career high in win (Sun Nov 23, 09:20 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green posted a career-high 12 receptions for 121 yards in Week 12 against the Houston Texans. 'It's just one of those days when you just feel in synch - the whole offense,' Green said Sunday, Nov. 23. 'Our running game really helped us out to keep me one on one a lot. It was nothing special.'

Our View: This is what Green owners were expecting when they took him in the first round - a ton of targets and most of them converted into catches. He's set up for a big game against Tampa's ragtag secondary next week.
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Bengals | A.J. Green has busy first half (Sun Nov 23, 02:26 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green caught nine passes for 90 yards in the first half of the team's Week 12 game.

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Bengals | A.J. Green responds to challenge (Sun Nov 16, 06:08 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green was challenged by offensive coordinator Hue Jackson this week. He responded by posting six receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown. 'Coach Hue wanted me to get back to the old A.J. Be great. Dominate my man every play,' Green said Sunday, Nov. 16. 'Nobody has said that to me in a long time. I took that to heart. I came out there and worked my butt off last week and it showed today.'

Our View: Green is back and he should be a massive addition for teams that survived his absence so they could have him give them a boost as they surge towards the playoffs. He'll be a WR1 next week against Houston.
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