2017 Fantasy Football Projections: Cincinnati Bengals Projections and Fantasy Outlook

We are now 10 days until rookies (and 12 days until veterans) report to training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals. Before we know it, (real) football will be here.

For now, we have updated our 2017 Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Football Projections.

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Below is our 2017 projections for the Cincinnati Bengals:


Andy Dalton390.1598.4455425.711.544.41472.8293.46
Dalton has finished as a mid-tier QB2 (QB16-18) in each of the past three seasons, but a part of that mediocrity has been the injuries to the team's pass-catchers. During that span, Tyler Eifert has played a total of 22 games and A.J. Green has missed three-plus games in two of three years including six missed games last season. While the offensive line has become a concern, the Bengals used their early picks -- John Ross (first round) and Joe Mixon (second round) -- to give Dalton and the offense more weapons.

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Running Backs

Joe Mixon206.2911.16.437.5319.21167.43
With 4.5 speed at 226 pounds, Mixon has the talent and versatility to stay on the field on all three downs and has drawn some comparisons to David Johnson. For the Sooners, Mixon carried the ball 187 times for 1,274 yards (6.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns and added 37/538/5 (14.5 Y/R) receiving in 2016. Marvis Lewis has talked up Mixon's on-field ability this offseason and he should become the team's lead back by the end of the season, if not sooner.
Jeremy Hill130.6508.1513.6104.6091.27
After an impressive rookie season (1,124 rushing yards and 5.1 YPC), Hill has failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark and averaged under 4.0 yards per carry in back-to-back seasons. Not only did the Bengals draft Mixon, the team lost two of its best offensive linemen in free agency. Even if not to begin the season, I expect Mixon to out-touch Hill as the season progresses (as noted earlier).
Giovani Bernard52.62211.338.1331.21.370.82
Tearing his ACL last season, Bernard appears unlikely to start the season on the PUP list, Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson wrote, "I imagine they don’t want to rush him back into the first couple of regular-season games."
Ryan Hewitt0002.421.402.14

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Wide Receivers

A.J. Green103.11402.98.4000190.69
Missing six games last season due to a hamstring injury, Green failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his six-year career. That said, he still averaged a career-high 96.4 yards per game despite a goose egg in his 10th and final game played in 2016.
John Ross43585.334.833.9079.92
Breaking the combine record for the 40-yard dash, Ross could have the occasional big game as a rookie due to his ability to stretch the field. If A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert both stay healthy, however, Ross will be the No. 3 option, at best, in the passing game and will likely make a bigger impact in real football than in fantasy as a rookie.
Brandon LaFell35.9477.92.200060.99
Tyler Boyd30.6347.51.64.837.4048.09
Alex Erickson6.477.500007.75
Josh Malone3.241.300004.13

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Tight Ends

Tyler Eifert62.8736.37.1116.23
The good news: 18 touchdowns. The bad news: 22 games. Unfortunately, Eifert has missed more games (26) than he has played (22) over the past three seasons, but he has been a dominant red-zone target, when healthy, with 18 touchdowns during that stretch.
Tyler Kroft13.1134.10.516.41
C.J. Uzomah3.83603.6

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