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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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General News (Wed Sep 21): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 3: vs Denver Broncos

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Andy Dalton got kicked in the shin last weekend, and was hobbling badly in the locker room after the game - keep an eye on his practice participation as the week goes along as shin/ankle injuries can be quite painful and difficult to manage. Dalton and company threw flares all over the Steelers between the 20s in this phase of the game last week, winding up with 31/54 for 366 passing yards, with one TD and zero interceptions thrown - but scoring didn't come in bunches. Giovani Bernard led the team in targets (11) and receiving yards (9/100/1) while securing the available TD - meanwhile Brandon LaFell (eight for 3/39/0) and A.J. Green (eight for 2/38/0) mostly squandered their opportunities. A lone bright spot for the Bengals' receiving stable was the play of rookie Tyler Boyd (eight for 6/78/0). We'll see if Green can get back to his Week One form (13 for 12/180/1) against the Denver defense. Speaking of the Broncos, they are currently ranked second in the NFL in average net passing yards allowed per game (173.0, with two passing scores balanced by two interceptions, one of which was run back by Aqib Talib for a TD last week vs. Indianapolis), and they are tied for second in the NFL with eight sacks (one of which was a strip-sack for a TD last week vs. Indianapolis). Yes, they are awesome on defense again this year, folks. Over the first two weeks of the season, Denver has averaged 19.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-least in the NFL); and 14.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (third-least); with 6.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (16th in the NFL currently). This is a tough matchup for any offense in the NFL.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at NYJ 54 0 0 0 13 12 180 1 0 24
2 at PIT 72 0 0 0 8 2 38 0 0 3.8
3 vs DEN 0 0 0 0 11 8 77 0 0 7.7
3 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
3 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
3 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs PIT (8 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)

Green ran a go route that might have gone for a touchdown, but he was pushed by corner Ross Cockrell as he attempted to accelerate past him, drawing a flag for pass interference that set the Bengals up in the red zone. Green came open late in the end zone after Dalton rolled to his left, but Dalton instead tried to force the ball into Uzomah. Green had a short pass near the sideline go through his hands. The Steelers made sure to keep everything in front of them by keeping safeties deep and mostly took away Green with extra coverage attention.

2016 Week 1 vs NYJ (13 / 12 / 180 / 1 rec)

It's safe to say that Green won his individual matchup against Darrelle Revis. When covered by Revis, Green caught all ten of his targets for 152 yards and a touchdown. Green's long 54-yard touchdown catch came early in the second quarter. He lined up outside against Revis and ran right past him on a post route. Revis thought he had safety help, but the safety bit on a crossing route underneath, leaving Green with almost five yards of separation down the middle of the field. The ball was slightly under thrown, but Green had enough separation to slow down and still have enough space to make the catch in the end zone. The Jets gave Revis safety help at times, but often left Revis on an island in man coverage. When Green was singled up, Dalton checked into plays to get him the ball. Green responded with a number of impressive catches, often against tight coverage. His ability to extend his hands and make acrobatic catches away from his body is elite. Green almost had a 93-yard touchdown reception. He caught a screen pass behind great blocking and looked like he was in the clear but lost his balance sprinting down the sideline and stumbled out of bounds untouched after a 30-yard gain. Green's only negative play of the day caused an early sack when he missed the call and went out to run block on a pass play. Dalton was clearly looking his way and had to eat the ball for a sack. Overall, it was one of the best performances of Green's illustrious career. With Eifert injured and the depth chart behind Green completely rebuilt, the Bengals needed Green to step up and he came through in a big way.


Latest News

Bengals | A.J. Green leads receivers (Sun Sep 25, 05:57 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green had 77 yards on eight catches Sunday, Sept. 25, in a 29-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Our View: If you played Green, you'll take it. The Broncos pass defense is going to cause most passing game players to come in under expectations. Next week against the Dolphins secondary that made Terrelle Pryor look like a star will bring better numbers.
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Bengals | A.J. Green does not practice (Wed Sep 21, 07:37 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Our View: The Bengals are just giving him some rest here. He's got a tough matchup against the Broncos on Sunday, but Green should still see your fantasy lineup as a WR2.

Bengals | A.J. Green disappoints in loss to rivals (Mon Sep 19, 01:16 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green managed two catches for just 38 yards in the Week 2 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was targeted eight times.

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Bengals | Big day coming for A.J. Green (Thu Sep 15, 01:51 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2. Over his past four regular season games Green has 36 receptions for 556 yards and three scores against the Steelers, and he has been targeted a total of 54 times in the four games, with at least 13 targets in three of those outings.

Our View: The only reason we might start anyone over Antonio Brown is if we also owned Odell Beckham Jr in the rare "one WR starter" league and that's only because we know how awful the Saints defense is again this season. Brown is a must start, and actually worth the price in daily fantasy as well.
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