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Fantasy Football: 5 Cincinnati Bengals to Draft to Your Team

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Nov 2, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) makes a catch for a touchdown over Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback

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(27) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 33-23. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

2. A.J. Green, wide receiver

ADP: 23.40 (Early third round)

NFL Fantasy Positional Ranking: 8th of wide receivers

Earliest he should be drafted: 17th overall

A.J. Green has now been the best player on the Cincinnati Bengals for four years; since entering the league, the wide receiver out of Georgia has recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his four seasons and has been voted into the Pro Bowl every year.

In 2014, Green caught 69 passes for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns despite missing three games and leaving two more in the first quarter with injuries. Green got banged up in 2014, but he still managed to put together a Pro Bowl-caliber season. Imagine what he will be able to do in 2015, especially if he can stay healthy!

Green has the potential to be the best wide receiver in fantasy football and is currently ranked as the eighth best wide receiver in the NFL’s fantasy rankings. Let’s not forget that Green was viewed as the second best receiver in football just a season ago; drafting him in the third round would be an insane bargain for one of the most talented wideouts in all of football.

Finally, when healthy, Green is one of the most consistent receivers in fantasy football. Aside from the two games against Joe Haden and the Browns in each season, he usually puts up great numbers on a week-to-week basis. Green’s two worst games last season (outside the two games against the Browns, in which owners can just bench Green) came in Week 9 when he scored 10.4 points (44 yards receiving and a touchdown) and in Week 17, in a game where Green left due to injury, when he scored 8.2 points against the Steelers (82 yards receiving).

Although it can be frustrating to know that Green will be a non-factor in at least two games every season, it is nice to know that he is super productive in his other games; he only scored under 10 points in a game once last season, and it came in a game that he got injured and had to leave early! Draft Green if you have the chance to, either late in the second round or in the third round; Green is the model of fantasy consistency and will put up big numbers for your team on a week-to-week basis.

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