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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There weren’t many players fantasy owners could pick up in free agency from the Bengals. Some may have been able to get Brandon LaFell or Tyler Boyd. But, when looking at which players could have been an asset in Week 17, there was one player head and shoulders above the rest.

Rex Burkhead

Projected Position Rank: N/A, Actual Position Rank: 59

Bengals supporters are probably familiar with the fanfare that surrounded running back Rex Burkhead after his Week 17 performance against the Ravens. It’s highly unlikely that many people drafted Burkhead if any. There was a valid reason for that, as he saw only garbage time snaps until then. He exploded for 26.4 points. That was more than any other running back that week. Sure, Burkhead wasn’t a valid fantasy option for most of the season, but for those with leagues extending to Week 17, he was an extremely valuable asset. Not bad for a guy ranked well outside the top 100 running backs to start the season.

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What It Means

The 2016 Bengals didn’t have a blockbuster year for fantasy football. Their top players finished lower or about average compared to what was expected of them and the players considered sleepers and free agent adds were low-end. When looking at overall points scorers Andy Dalton was the highest ranked at 12th overall with 260.64 fantasy points. The next highest was Jeremy Hill at 57th with 155.3. Overall 2016 was not a good year for the team and that even translated to low numbers in fantasy football.

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