Played To Ranking
While it can be difficult to pin down just how productive a player will be, experts were on the money with some Bengals players. Here are the players that performed relatively close to how they were supposed to, given their 2016 pre-ranking.
Projected Position Rank: 18, Actual Position Rank: 19
Jeremy Hill played most of the year as the Bengals lead back. His fantasy stats benefited from the injury to Giovani Bernard but toward the end of the year suffered due to the emergence of Rex Burkhead.
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Hill had some huge games in 2016 including scores of 20.2, 21.7, and 25.2. However, he also turned in some horrible performances such as his 1.2 point effort against the Cowboys in Week 5. In the end, Hill was only one position rank lower in actual fantasy points than his projection.
Projected Position Rank: 57, Actual Position Rank: 70
Even though Boyd ended up thirteen spots lower for his position rank than he was projected to finish, he was far from a sure thing before the draft. Fantasy players drafting Boyd saw him as more of a backup or potential sleeper than a solidified talent.
Boyd had a very quiet rookie season only scoring over ten points once (Week 11 vs. Buffalo). He ended up being a low-end wide receiver with minimal upside. That’s not to say he will not improve next year and potentially be a steal if he drops to the later rounds. Going from 57 to 70th before and after the season isn’t a huge drop for a rookie receiver and he performed close to what people expected.