Both Andy Dalton and Ben Roethlisberger have big game potential.
In Fantasy Football, the defense QB’s face is just as important as the other players on their team. Both the Steelers and Bengals defenses held their opponents to under 22 points in week 1. However, the Steelers scored 38 points as Big Ben and his new receivers looked to be on the same page already.
With the Bengals scoring only 23 points against a stout Jets defense the initial thought would be to start Roethlisberger over Dalton. However, the Jets sport two top-notch Wide Receivers and a versatile, veteran running back.
The Bengals defense did look solid against the Jets and the special teams scored big with a crucial blocked field goal. For the Steelers, they faced a Redskins team that they clearly dominated all game. The biggest difference: the Bengals have A.J. Green and the Redskins don’t.
A.J. Green is the primary reason to start Andy Dalton over Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger, on the other hand, has Antonio Brown and will no doubt benefit from him. Yet, Green is a Fantasy juggernaut that not only scores points but demands double teams all games. As the Steelers blitz Dalton, a few things will happen. First, quick slants and even jump balls can neutralize a Blitz. The hands and size of Green will help Dalton avoid any exotic blitz coming through the Steel Curtain. Secondly, during a blitz, HB screens from Giovani Bernard will lead to completed passes and extra yards.
"In turn, Dalton will score more Fantasy Points via AJ Green’s greatness, situational Screens to Bernard and one-on-one coverage on other receivers."
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