Cincinnati Bengals’ 2016 Fantasy Football Review

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Jan 1, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cincinnati Bengals' 2016 Fantasy Football Review
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With the 2016 fantasy football season in the books, it’s easier to look back and analyze the Bengals fantasy value. While some players were obvious top-tier picks, others ended up being sneaky free agent adds, and others were simply…flops. Here is a break-down of how the Bengals fared in 2016 as far as fantasy football is concerned.

2016 Pre-Draft Overview

The one player that fantasy drafters really wanted from the Bengals at the start of the year was A.J. Green. Being the most explosive player on the offense as well as Andy Dalton’s primary target made Green an attractive option. He was a first-round pick in most drafts.

The Bengals backfield was typically next on the draft board with the second-ranked Bengal for fantasy being Jeremy Hill. As the presumed lead back in the Bengals offense, Hill was typically drafted somewhere in the early middle rounds. Change of pace back Giovani Bernard was a later round selection depending on the number of teams in the league.

Two other notable Bengals that were drafted in most leagues were Tyler Eifert and Tyler Boyd. In spite of his injury, many people stashed Eifert for when he returned to action. Boyd was selected as a sleeper in hopes that he would take the yards and touchdowns that Marvin Jones had the year before. Other notable Bengals selected–either very late or not at all–were Andy Dalton, Rex Burkhead, and Brandon LaFell.

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