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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Biggest Busts

In this instance, the term “bust” does not refer to a player’s entire career but is strictly focusing on their 2016 fantasy output compared to expectations. Here are the Bengals players that under-performed for fantasy owners.

Cincinnati Bengals' 2016 Fantasy Football Review
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A.J. Green

Projected Position Rank: 5, Actual Position Rank: 34

Green started the season on fire torching Darelle Revis and the Jets for 180 yards and a touchdown (24 fantasy points). He was boom or bust for the rest of the year with three games of over 20 fantasy points and four games with single digit points. Green would have most likely had a solid fantasy season if not for the injury he suffered in Week 10. Somewhat surprisingly, Green still finished just behind Brandon LaFell in fantasy points even though Green played in six fewer games.

Barring some sort of injury, Green should be back to form next season and remains a top-tier fantasy wide receiver.

Tyler Eifert

Projected Position Rank: 7, Actual Position Rank: 24

Tyler Eifert is another 2016 injury story. He has been one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the league since he arrived in 2013. Expectations were high in 2016 even with the injury he suffered at the Pro Bowl. He was originally expected to only be out a few weeks due to the ankle injury. Instead, his injury lingered and pushed his return all the way back to Week 7. He had some solid games when he returned including three games with double-digit points. Ultimately, he was re-injured in Week 15 and did not play in the last two games.

While Eifert is a talented player and will hopefully rebound next year, people who drafted him as their number one tight end were inevitably disappointed since he didn’t play at all in eight games.

Bengals Defense

Projected Position Rank: 4, Actual Position Rank: 21

In 2015, the Bengals defense was one of the best units in the NFL. In 2016 it was rated fourth in the league at the start of the year but finished 21st. Maybe some of the bite was gone after the group essentially gave up the 2015 Wild Card game to the Steelers. Even with a better performance by Dre Kirkpatrick, the defense that many drafted at the top of the list fell flat. They scored more than 10 fantasy points just twice and scored five or fewer in 10 out of 16 games. Fantasy players should probably avoid the Bengals defense in 2017 until they can prove that they can be a viable option.

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