The Bengals are my son's favorite team, so I get to watch a lot of their games. They lost a lot in the off-season with the departure of Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu and, most notably, Hugh Jackson. This offense could look a bit different going forward.
The Bengals have one of, if not. the best RBBC's (running back by committee) in the NFL. Jeremy Hill is the hammer, and Giovani Bernard is the scat back. Both players are good to great players and have found a way to be productive in spite of each other getting touches. The usage rate is important in fantasy and is something to remain mindful of throughout the season with these two.
Andy Dalton (QB) - 4000 yards, 30 TDs, 10 INTs.
Dalton was in line to be a top-10 fantasy football quarterback last season before his injury. The loss of a few weapons, and, more importantly, his Offensive Coordinator could mean Dalton will go through growing pains. He's a great QB to pair. He's being drafting in the double-digit rounds, and at that point, there's no reason not to draft Dalton if you need QB help.
Giovani Bernard (RB) - 700 yards, 3 TDs, 50 catches, 500 yards, 3 TDs.
Deciding which of the Cincy running backs to select for the core was difficult. Bernard is the safest of the two in regards to his floor. Bernard is one of the best dual-threat backs in the NFL and should have another fantastic season. His average draft position (ADP) is 72 which is a steal. I've ended up with Gio everywhere. You should also.
AJ Green (WR) - 100 catches, 1400 yards, 10 TDs.
To start the season, Green is going to be the only receiver that has any rapport with Andy Dalton. Green has risen to my No. 4 ranked wide receiver, and I've been happy to take him in the back half of the first round. If he slides anymore than that, he's a steal and should be taken.
Tyler Eifert (TE) - 55 catches, 650 yards, 8 TDs.
Eifert would be much higher in my rankings if he wasn't coming into the season injured. When he gets back, he will be a guy you want on your roster. He's currently being drafted at the 80 spot. That's high if you don't roster two tight ends. If you like to take high risk-high reward players, he's your best chance at a top-three finish from the time he gets back.
Sleeper - Tyler Boyd (WR).
Boyd started the off-season behind Brandon LaFell on the depth chart. An injury to LaFell and Boyd playing out of his mind has changed that. Boyd is a fantastic late round flyer.
Bust - Tyler Eifert (TE).
Even thought Eifert is one of my favorite players to watch, he's a huge injury risk. Nobody is exactly sure when he'll be back, which is scary.
The Bengals are going to be a good team again. There is something to be said about drafting players from good teams. If you believe in that, draft Bengals.