AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
In 2011, as a rookie, Green burst onto the scene as a rookie, totaling 1057 yards receiving as well as 7 TDs. Last year, he didn’t fall into the dreaded sophomore slump that some analysts feared would be coming with Green and fellow 2nd year QB Andy Dalton. Instead, Green racked up 1350 yards with 11 TDs. He ended up ranking 4th among fantasy wide outs and solidifying himself as one of the top receiving threats in the game.
Green is incredibly athletically gifted, and is the deep threat for the Bengals. One of the Bengals’ focus this offseason is to add another receiving threat to open things up for Green down the field. The sooner Green doesn’t have to consistently deal with double coverage every play, the better he’ll be.
The biggest concern for myself when it comes to Green is the chance of injury he possesses thanks to his tiny frame. He’s listed at 207 here, but reports at the end of the last off-season had him checking in at around 213 and that he added about 10 pounds of muscle. Hopefully he does the same this year and packs on a little more bulk. That surely eases my concerns about injuries and should for you as well. Green’s progression in the future is ultimately going to rely on how good QB Andy Dalton can be as well as the rest of the offense. The running game struggled throughout the year and Green is the Bengals’ main receiving threat. Once the rest of the offense starts to open up, we could see Green take yet another step forward.
Green is going to be regarded as a top five pick in all of fantasy drafts heading into next year. Despite Green being the big play man in Cincinnati, he is far from a boom or bust player. He has clearly been the focal point of the offense and will continue to be as time goes on.