Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
School: Texas Christian
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
While not flashy, Andy Dalton will not hurt you either. He enjoyed a solid sophomore year in which he passed for 3,669 yards on 528 attempts and 27 touchdowns. He quietly ran in another 4 pushing his touchdown total past 30 (31) although he will never be one to accumulate much rushing yardage.
2012 could be seen as a tale of two seasons as when his top-3 receiving targets were healthy, he excelled by putting up 7 games of 25 or more fantasy points. But when they weren’t healthy he failed to go past 16. That is a tell-tale sign on how important it is for his younger receivers to stay healthy.
Heading into 2013, Dalton has said that he wants to work on his deep pass, becoming not only more consistent but utilizing it more as well. Considering the deep threats that he has, led by A.J. Green, that is a very encouraging thought.
Don’t expect him to produce week-in and week-out, making him a quarterback that you will want to pair up with another player of similar ability so you can play the matchups throughout the season. You can do much worse than Dalton and he will produce as a QB1 more times than not while costing you a much lower draft pick on draft day, making him a great bargain for those that don’t believe in drafting an elite quarterback in fantasy football. Pairing him up is critical though.