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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 Sep 18): The squeaky wheel gets the grease and Green almost never squeaks, so expect him to get targeted heavily against the Packers suspect corners this week. Even if Andy Dalton is replaced eventually, the dropoff to AJ McCarron isn't a steep one.

Week 3: at Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton has had a very rough start to the season as his Bengals offense has yet to score a touchdown in either of their first two games. Dalton has been extremely ineffective, completing only 54.5% of his passes with four interceptions while taking eight sacks behind a struggling offensive line. In large part to this poor offensive line play against the pass rush, Dalton has had very little time to find any of his receivers. Dalton made some big throws against the Texans last week while protecting the ball without any turnovers, but he still made a startling number of bad reads and overthrows. Dalton was not helped a ton by his receivers, being forced to throw it away five times as his targets could not get open. A.J. Green led the team with six catches on eight targets for 67 yards. Dalton has targeted the tight end position on only 7% of attempts this season--a league-low. This is not good for Tyler Eifert, who hauled in three receptions for 42 yards last week after only catching one ball for one yard in Week 1. The Packers defense was lit up for 34 points last week. Their passing defense held last year's MVP Matt Ryan at bay, statistically, allowing him to pass for only 252 yards and one touchdown. However, Ryan did what exactly what he needed to do as the Falcons relied heavily on their rushing attack due to their early lead. The Packers secondary still looked good on the pass plays they did have to defend though. Rookie cornerback Kevin King was a shining star for the Packers as he didn't allow a single reception when targeted, in addition to defending a pass in what should have been a mismatch against Julio Jones. The Packers pass rush was very strong last week as well, dropping Matt Ryan three times for 29 negative yards. Clay Matthews applied solid pressure as he led the team with 1.5 sacks. Safety Kentrell Brice and cornerback Davon House both had to leave the game with injuries last week, both neither appeared on the team's injury report thus far this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs BAL 55 0 0 0 10 5 74 0 0 7.4
2 vs HOU 62 0 0 0 8 5 67 0 0 6.7
3 at GB PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 7 * * * *
3 at GB PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
3 at GB PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 8 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs HOU (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)

Green caught a short screen pass on the first offensive play, but it was called back due to a block in the back. Green's first official catch was a beautiful grab off of play action that went for 50 yards. Dalton threw it up despite triple coverage and Green elevated to make the catch over Houston corner Johnathan Joseph. Green made another big catch on the next drive, ripping a contested catch away from the cornerback. The play calling was baffling at times. The Bengals were generally in favorable down and distances but failed to convert short third-down opportunities on six separate occasions. Green wasn't targeted on any of these third downs. He had just one short catch and two targets in the fourth quarter. The normally low-key Green couldn't find hide his frustration post-game. "We got to find a way to get our playmakers the ball. That's it. It's a superstar-driven league. You are not going to win without them," Green said. It's safe to say that one of the reasons Ken Zampese was fired was not getting the ball to his star receiver enough.

2017 Week 1 vs BAL (10 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)

Green was targeted often, but often saw extra coverage with the Ravens putting an emphasis on stopping the Bengals top playmaker. Green made some plays on the Bengals best drive of the game to open the second quarter. He caught a 14-yard out route, sliding to catch a well-thrown Dalton pass. Two plays later, he caught another 14-yard reception on a post route. Early in the second half, Green caught a short dump off in the red zone and was pushed out of bounds at the seven yard line.

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Latest News

Bengals | A.J. Green has quiet night (Fri Sep 15, 12:50 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green tallied 67 yards on five receptions (13.4 yards per reception) against the Houston Texans in Week 2. He was targeted eight times in the loss.

Our View: Green was very frustrated after the game and he should get a ton of targets next week against Green Bay as a result. Don't bail on him despite the two so-so fantasy totals to open the season.
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Bengals | A.J. Green targeted 10 times in loss (Sun Sep 10, 09:21 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green posted five receptions for 74 yards on a game-high 10 targets in Week 1 against the Ravens.

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Schedule

3@ Green Bay Packers
4@ Cleveland Browns
5vs Buffalo Bills
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Pittsburgh Steelers
8vs Indianapolis Colts
9@ Jacksonville Jaguars
10@ Tennessee Titans
11@ Denver Broncos
12vs Cleveland Browns
13vs Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Chicago Bears
15@ Minnesota Vikings
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Baltimore Ravens