Cincinnati Bengals Top Fantasy Players Of 2012

Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) and wide receiver A.J. Green (18) walk off of the field at the end of the game against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

A.J. Green: The team's most lethal offensive weapon, easily a threat to score from anywhere on the field. As a rookie without the benefit of an offseason and a rookie quarterback throwing him the football, Green still managed to generate seven touchdowns and a 1,000-yard receiving season. Now imagine with a year under his belt, having worked out with Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson during the offseason, how much of a growth spurt he'll have undergone. It's another year for Dalton to incorporate the playbook, eventually making the transition from memorization to instinct. It's also another season for offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to refine the playbook. Green's potential in 2012 may be the headliner of the year.

Jermaine Gresham: His production and career might not seem like much -- considering he's being compared to the great tight ends of today's game. But the 24-year old is trending upward. In each of the past two seasons, Gresham has shown improvement across the board in receptions, yards receiving, average yards per reception and touchdowns. He's averaging a touchdown every three games played in his career and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden intends to use him to a much greater degree if Gresham's supposed personality change since the Pro Bowl translates to the field.

Andy Dalton: Well if we're going to mention two reception artists having great fantasy seasons, then we're sort of obliged to include quarterback Andy Dalton, the man throwing the football. Though Dalton is reportedly having a good camp, throwing a more compact and deeper pass, meaning that if the defense is obsessed with Green's verticals, the underneath routes will have varying degrees of single-man coverage. Dalton is the type of quarterback that takes advantage of that. And when he's bored, he'll just chuck it to A.J. Green, who can catch the football in mid-flight while the cornerback is giving him a wet willy.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Well, there's the whole 24 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons thing.

Not including the above, who are your fantasy picks for the Bengals (including sleepers) and why?

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