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NFL Preview – Cincinnati Bengals
Daily Fantasy Sports managers, be prepared to Play Fantasy Football for Money. In the next few weeks, we are going to do a preview of every football team in preparation for the NFL 2015 season. The Cincinnati Bengals reached the playoffs for 4 consecutive seasons, and each time they’ve lost in the wild card game. It’s the first time in NFL history that a team loses four straight game in opening round of the playoffs.
With injuries to 4 of their starters, the Bengals lost to the Indianapolis Colts 26-10 in last year’s playoff game. Coach Marvin Lewis tied Jim Mora for the worst record (0-6) in playoff history, and he’s the only one to have lost every game with a single team. But it looks like the Bengals haven’t given up on Lewis yet, as he will return for a 12th season with the team.
Cash Draft Offensive analysis
QB Andy Dalton has not missed the playoff during his 4 years in the NFL. But has yet to win a game in the playoffs. He seems to have a hard time when the pressure of the post-season comes around. Except for the 2013 season, he’s never thrown more than 4000 yards and 30 touchdown. Last year was probably his worse season yet, he had 309 completed pass for 3398 yards and 19 touchdown while being intercepted 17 times and losing the fumble in 2 occasion. Just like Lewis, patience his running high in the organization with Dalton, this season.
RB Jeremy Hill ran away with the starting job in the second half of the 2014 season. Now he’s going to get a full season to show what he’s capable to do. Last year as a rookie, he gathered a total of 1124 rushing yards and 215 receiving yards with 9 touchdowns. With 5 fumbles, he will need a better grip of the football. But all-and-all, we are talking about an elite running back in the making.
After missing the last years post-season game, WR A.J. Green comes back healthy and ready to go for a fifth straight 1000 yard season. He finished the season with 69 reception, 1041 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. It’s his lowest total yard and touchdown count in his career, but he did miss 3 games due to injury. So don’t worry, he is still premium talent for DFS leagues.
WR Mohamed Sanu has done well at the number 2 receiver spot for the Bengals, last season. He caught the ball 56 time for 790 yards and 5 touchdown. But he will have competition for playing time this year with the return of WR Marvin Jones. Jones missed the entire last season due to an ankle and foot injury. He had his best season in 2013, collecting 51 reception for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns. With the injury in the past for Jones, look for a fierce competition during training camp between the two receivers.
TE Tyler Eifert played in the opener, last year, against the Ravens, but dislocated his elbow and missed the rest of the season. During his 2013 rookie season, he accumulated a total of 39 receptions for 445 yards and 2 touchdowns. The first round pick will start the new season with a repaired elbow. His mental toughness will be put to the test, as we ask ourselves: can he play at the same level than the top tight ends in the league, after all of this?
Cash Draft Defensive analysis
In 2013, the Cincinnati Bengals were one of the best defensive squad in the league. In 2014, they lost all their mojo with an awful season. The defensive squad had the lowest sacks total in the NFL last year. DE Carlos Dunlap and DT Geno Atkins were the only players in the team to reach more than 2 sacks, last season. They signed DE Michael Johnson, who returns for his second stint with the Bengals. He played last year with the Buccaneers, getting his lowest total of tackles since 2009. Their secondary manage to pull this defense back together with 20 interceptions. FS Reggie Nelson led the pack with 4, while SS George Iloka, CB Adam Jones and CB Dre Fitzpatrick followed with 3. LB A.J. Hawk will bring his talent and leadership to his home state of Ohio. This veteran defense will try to regain their 2013 success.
Fantasy Football Outlook
The Cincinnati Bengals did not changed much during the offseason and they have made the playoffs in the last 4 years under Coach Marvin Lewis. It looks like they might just do it again.