Fantasy Football Stock Report for Cincinnati Bengals

Matt Sullivan

A look at the fantasy football perspective of how the NFL Draft will affect the Cincinnati Bengals.

Now that NFL free agency and the NFL draft have passed, it's time to look at the fantasy football ramifications of the moves made by the Bengals this offseason.

Stock Down: Andy Dalton

The Bengals drafting Jeremy Hill in the second round was a clear statement that the Bengals are going to run the ball more in 2014 under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. Pounding the rock is something Hue loves to do when he's got the horses to.

Between Hill and the '13 NFL Rookie of the Year runner-up in Giovani Bernard, expect the ball to be taken out of Dalton's hands more in '14.

In his final two years as the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator, Hue's quarterbacks averaged 31. 7 passing attempts per game.

As for former OC Jay Gruden's final year in Cincy: Dalton averaged 36.7 attempts per game.

Dalton broke 4,000 passing yards in 2013, but I wouldn't expect him to do so again in 2014. He's a solid QB2.

Stock Up: Mohamed Sanu

The Bengals didn't add a receiver in free agency, let Andrew Hawkins walk and didn't spend a single draft pick on a receiver.

Sanu now projects to be the slot receiver in Cincinnati's offense in 2014. Whether he produces enough to ever become a viable option in fantasy football remains to be seen, but at least the chance for him to produce is there after the Bengals chose not to bring anyone in to challenge him for snaps.

It's also going to be interesting to see how Hue Jackson uses him in his offense. As a rookie, Sanu was used in a variety of ways, whether it was as RB, or even lining up as a Wildcat QB.

He's still not someone you want to spend a draft pick on except in deeper leagues, but do keep him on your watch list.

Stock Market Crash: BenJarvus Green-Ellis

As mentioned before, the Bengals invested a high draft pick to select a running back in Hill, which means the end of Green-Ellis as even a backup in Cincinnati.

Giovani Bernard is still going to get 15-20 touches per game in 2014, but who gets those other RB snaps will either be split between Hill and Green-Ellis, or Hill alone.

Either way, Green-Ellis' days as viable option in fantasy football are over.

Stock Hold: Giovani Bernard

Bernard looked like a star in the making last year, and most believed he would be the featured back in 2014. But after the Bengals spent a second-round pick on Jeremy Hill one year after drafting Gio in the second round, do the Bengals truly intend to make Bernard the featured weapon in Hue Jackson's offense?

If the Bengals are confident in Hill's abilities after watching him in training camp and the preseason, this could become a 60-40 split similar to last year's Gio/Green-Ellis duo. That would knock Bernard from RB1 to RB2 status.

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