1. AJ Green, WR
As much as Atkins could easily go here, how can you not say Green is the best player on the Bengals? Green has had to endure the vicissitudes of playing with rough quarterback play from Andy Dalton (from time to time), poor offensive line play, and little talent around him at the receiving corps. Through all of it, Green has put together one of the most impressive statistical starts to a WR career in the history of the NFL. If not for his injury in 2016, he would have the longest streak of 1,000 yard seasons to begin a career in NFL history.
The Bengals have finally gotten the offense back on track, which will help Green bounce back from a down season last year. Playing alongside vertical threat John Ross, route technician Tyler Boyd, and seam stretch Tyler Eifert will free up a lot of room for Green on the outside. Dalton looks like he’s back to his peak form, and the offensive line is at the very least improved. The offense will actually help Green flourish this season.
Green knows that he needs to prove himself this season. We know just how good he is, but last season was a mild tainting of an otherwise sterling resume. He also wants to get the Bengals to its elusive playoff victory. Although it will take a team effort, especially with the help from the defensive players above, Green will need to lead the charge. As the number one ranked player on this team, he can be that leader.