2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Cincinnati Bengals

- Updated: Wednesday, August 31st

In addition to our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will have preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Cincinnati Bengals.


Andy Dalton336510397828.614.8591593292.62
Before sustaining a thumb injury that essentially ended his season, Dalton was having a career-best year: 106.2 passer rating, 66.1 completion percentage, 8.4 Y/A and 25:7 TD-to-INT ratio. While Dalton is healthy again, the loss of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and several of his top weapons from 2015 means it's unlikely that he performs at that pace once again.
A.J. McCarron9141060.60.41206.44

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Running Backs

Jeremy Hill24410619.8181130.5179.2
Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, Hill's rushing yardage dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) as a rookie to 794 (3.6 YPC) last season. That said, he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. The 235-pound Hill seems to have greater focus as he looks to bounce back in 2016. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner recently wrote of Hill: "His razor focus and desire to return to rookie form are very real this offseason."
Giovani Bernard1587113.5555122.3157.1
Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard still finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats (RB16 in PPR) last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In fact, RB21 was the worst finish of his young three-year career. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season and he should easily reach -- or exceed -- value at his current ADP (RB30).
Rex Burkhead4120.16520.28.2

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Wide Receivers

A.J. Green91138310.6000201.9
Averaging a career-low 8.25 targets per game, Green saw double-digit targets in only four of 16 games in 2015. Despite a relatively low volume of targets for an elite receiver, Green finished the season with 86 catches for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns. With a minimum stat line of 86/1,297/10 in three of his past four seasons, Green has plenty of upside with a likely boost in targets given the team's free-agent departures at receiver. [As an FYI, there is the potential that Green misses a game with the birth of his first child due in the season's first month.]
Brandon LaFell455903.616081.2
Following up a career 2014 season (74/953/7), LaFell finished with 37 catches for 515 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games last season. Signing a one-year free-agent deal with the Bengals, LaFell enters the season as the starter opposite Green in two-wide sets, but second-round pick Tyler Boyd could potentially overtake him on the depth chart down the stretch.
Tyler Boyd484943.415070.3
Cody Core4600.30007.8
Brandon Tate2230.21704.2
Mario Alford2240.10003

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Tight Ends

Tyler Eifert505906.497.4
Averaging a touchdown per game, Eifert finished 2015 with 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns over 13 games and the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2015. Exceeding 53 yards in only three games with all of those games occurring by Week 5, Eifert averaged only 37.88 YPG over his final eight games played. When healthy, however, Eifert should see a per-game boost in targets given the turnover in the receiving corps. That said, durability has been an issue and Eifert (ankle) is targeting a return of Weeks 4-6 with Week 4 being "his hope."
Tyler Kroft182091.429.3
C.J. Uzomah111161.118.2

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