Bengals Fantasy Projection - Week 2

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Anthony Collins #73, Domata Peko #94 and Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals get set to lead the team onto the field before an NFL preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Colts won 17-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Here is the second installment of our projected fantasy production from Bengals players. All pertinent fantasy contributors will be covered and at the end of each projection a recommendation will be given assessing whether or not that player should make it into your starting lineup.

  • 5/5 = Must Start
  • 4/5 = Good Start
  • 3/5 = Solid Start
  • 2/5 = Weak Start
  • 1/5 = Wasted Start

Andy Dalton: Dalton looks to be good to go on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. He was a full participant in Thursdays practice and Marvin Lewis stated that he will start. The Broncos struggled against the run last week and the Bengals will no doubt look to establish the running game. I do not foresee the Bengals going to the air a lot which will keep Dalton's fantasy points at a minimum.  Grade: 2/5

A.J. Green: Green caught a touchdown pass last week and the team will certainly look to take a couple of shots down the field with him. The Bengals will be looking to run early and often and his upside is limited unless the Bengals fall behind by a couple of scores early and are forced to pass. He is looking at 2-3 receptions for around 45 yards. Grade: 2.5/5 

Jerome Simpson: Simpson did not have a big day last week against the Browns and he is looking at the same type of contribution this week against the Broncos. He is looking at 3-4 receptions for 40 yards. Grade: 2/5

Jordan Shipley: Shipley was a complete non-factor in last weeks game as he registered one reception for -1 yards. He made a name for himself last year going across the middle and converting third-downs but Dalton seems to be more comfortable with TE Jermaine Gresham in that role this year. Shipley is looking at 1-2 receptions for around 15 yards. Grade: 1/5

Cedric Benson: Benson will be looking to get plenty of work against the Broncos as their run defense struggled in Week One. The young Bengals offense will be leaning on him to get them down the field and into the end-zone on Sunday. He should amass over 100 yards and at least one score.  Grade: 4/5

Jermaine Gresham: Gresham was the Bengals leading reciever last week against the Browns and looks to have developed a nice rhythm with Dalton. He should be the Bengals first option across the middle and in the red-zone. He is looking at 5 receptions for around 60 yards and a score. Grade: 4/5

Mike Nugent: Nugent is a good kicker who will convert on the opportunities he is given. Being that the Bengals are not a high scoring offense his opportunities will be limited. He does have enough range to hit from 50+ which usually results in extra fantasy points. He is probably good for around 8 points this week. Grade: 2.5/5

Bengals Defense: The Bengals defense played well in keeping the Browns in check for the most part during Week One. The defensive line should be able to contain the Broncos rushing attack. Orton struggled in Week One as well and may be without his number one receiver Brandon Lloyd as well as he missed Thursdays practice.  Grade: 3.5/5

Individual Defensive Players (IDP)

SB Nation has ranked the top IDP prospects for Week Two with three Bengals make the list.

  • LB Rey Maualuga (27th) 3.5/5
  • LB Thomas Howard 3/5
  • DL Carlos Dunlap (13th) 3/5
  • DL Michael Johnson 2.5/5
  • DB Reggie Nelson (19th) 3.5/5


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