Three seasons ago, Andy Dalton posted some incredible stats, including a career-best 33 touchdowns. The following year he disappointed with 19 touchdowns in 16 games. Dalton rebounded last season and posted 25 touchdowns in 13 games until a broken thumb cost him the end of the season. Before the injury he was the second-most consistent Fantasy starting quarterback, posting at least 20 Fantasy points in nine of his 12 starts. Dalton will still have A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert as targets, but the Bengals receiving corps took a hit when Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu both left for greener pastures in March. Brandon LaFell was signed to help soften the loss of those guys, but he can't be the only fix for the Bengals receiving corps. Perhaps the larger loss was offensive coordinator Hue Jackson's departure to Cleveland. It's those losses that push down Dalton's Fantasy stock to a point where he's actually not a risky pick at all. We're talking Round 8 or later for Dalton, who should begin the season as a Fantasy starter for most teams.
As the Bengals opened their voluntary workouts Monday, Dalton reiterated that he is completely cleared from the thumb injury that forced him out of action at the end of the 2015 season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The QB -- who is now working under new offensive coordinator Ken Zampese -- was given the green light to throw at the beginning of March and evidently he's now fully past his thumb injury. While the Bengals lost both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, they did bring in Brandon LaFell as an experienced complement to star wideout A.J. Green. The team also welcomes back a healthy Tyler Eifert at tight end and continues to roster a capable backfield duo featuring the bruising Jeremy Hill and pass-catching back Giovani Bernard.
Dalton has returned to working with no restrictions with his throwing thumb. Per the report, Dalton -- is "back to zipping the ball," which puts him on track to be ready for a full workload once the Bengals' off-season workouts commence. While the Bengals -- who have promoted quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese to offensive coordinator -- lost both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, they were able to add Brandon LaFell as an experienced complement to star wideout A.J. Green. Meanwhile, the team welcomes back a healthy Tyler Eifert at the tight end position and continues to roster pass-catching back Giovani Bernard.
Dalton (thumb) should be healthy for the beginning of the Bengals' offseason program in April, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Dalton's fractured thumb may have crushed the Bengals' title hopes in 2015, but it shouldn't be an issue for the upcoming season. With Hue Jackson now serving as head coach of the division-rival Browns, Dalton will be working under first-time offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, who served as Cincinnati's quarterbacks coach for each of the past 13 seasons.
Dalton (thumb) has yet to begin throwing, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. "Not throwing yet because we are being very conservative with it," Dalton said this week. "I feel like I can throw but no reason to push anything right now. I have plenty of time now to get 100 percent." The Bengals were knocked out on wild-card weekend, so it appears that Dalton may not have made an appearance in the postseason, even if his side reached the Super Bowl. Either way, he expects to attend a quarterback camp at USC in the coming months, while he'll have an opportunity to take part in Cincinnati's offseason program as early as April 18.
Dalton (thumb) will move forward as the Bengals' starting quarterback next season under new offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Dalton's fractured thumb will be a thing of the past next season, when he'll reclaim the Bengals' starting quarterback position under his former position coach, Zampese, who was promoted to offensive coordinator in light of Hue Jackson being hired as the Browns' head coach this week. Over the past five years, Zampese has helped develop Dalton into a much improved quarterback, evidenced by his multiple career-highs this season. continuity
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@New York Jets||11||18.75|
|6||10/16||@New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|10||11/15||@New York Giants||31||24.56|
|3 Year Avg||63.7||3648||26||15||165||3||320|