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QB A.J. McCarron - Cincinnati Bengals

6-3, 220Born: 9-13-1990College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 11): The Bengals turned to McCarron in the second half of a bad loss to the Bears, and with the season lost, they could turn to him for the last three games of the season, or possibly in Week 16 when they get Detroit, a much better matchup this week's tilt with Minnesota.

Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Andy Dalton remains a solid NFL quarterback, but his fantasy prospects are rarely great. He's generally dependent upon A.J. Green's brilliance and heaps of red zone opportunity; when Green is plastered all day or the offense struggles, this is an exceptionally limited passing game. Dalton hasn't reached 235 yards in any of his last 4 games, and he's only topped the number 4 times all season. Mired behind a poor pass-blocking line, and without a dynamic downfield weapon beyond Green, Dalton looks like a weekly fantasy QB2 with tightly-capped upside. Luckily for him, Green is good enough to singlehandedly turn a blah passing day into a worthwhile one; he's always an upper-tier fantasy WR1, and when the matchup looks conducive, Dalton typically joins him as in intriguing QB1/2 stack play. We just don't get those fireworks very often. The Vikings boast a truly stout pass defense, one that's allowed just 3 of their 13 opponents to top 250 yards through the air. They're giving up just 5.5 net yards per attempt, third-best in the NFL, and only 0.92 touchdowns per game (second-best). Shutdown cornerback Xavier Rhodes continues to harangue opposing WR1s; he played the lead role in neutralizing Julio Jones (just 2 receptions for 24 yards) in Week 13. Still, they've been beaten soundly in recent weeks by the likes of Robert Woods (8 for 81), Cooper Kupp (6 for 64), and Marvin Jones (6 for 109 and 2 touchdowns). All told, this remains one of the league's better pass defenses, one that's not as prohibitive against WR1s as their reputation suggests but fully capable of holding an overall passing game down.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
14 vs CHI 9 4 8 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.35
15 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs CHI (4 / 8 / 47 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

With the game out of hand late, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green were pulled and McCarron was brought in for a short audition. He didn't look any better than Dalton. He completed a pair of short passes to Giovani Bernard that went for gains of 27 and 19 yards against prevent defense. Aside from a 4-yard completion to Brandon LaFell, McCarron couldn't get anything going except dump offs to the running backs. He took a sack and turned it over on downs.

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Bengals | AJ McCarron to have arbitration case (Sun Dec 10, 10:10 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron is scheduled to have an arbitration case in February to determine if he will be a restricted free agent or an unrestricted free agent this offseason, according to sources.

Our View: If he's an unrestricted free agent, a Mike Glennon-esque contract with short term starter money is likely, maybe even in Cleveland as a bridge to their likely first-round pick with Hue Jackson's affinity for McCarron and the likelihood that Jackson remains the head coach.
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Schedule

15@ Minnesota Vikings
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Baltimore Ravens