Only those owners who were frustrated with the Bengals' A.J. Green last season will pass on him with an early-round Fantasy pick. Green played through some injuries for the second season in a row but still finished as a top-10 Fantasy option, thanks in large part to his 10 touchdowns. Without the scores he would have been a huge disappointment, since he barely cleared five catches and 80 receiving yards per game. With over 1,000 yards in five seasons and 10-plus touchdowns in three of his past four years, Green is an unquestioned No. 1 Fantasy receiver. A change in offensive coordinators along with new receivers lining up opposite him are minor causes for concern, but Green should still be a staple in Fantasy lineups each week. Expect his name to get called between 15th and 20th overall as a No. 1 Fantasy receiver.
Green secured five of eight targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card playoff loss to the Steelers. The Pro Bowl receiver salvaged a frustrating night with what at the time appeared to be a game-winning 25-yard strike from A.J. McCarron. Green and McCarron otherwise had some trouble getting in synch under the game's adverse weather conditions, and it resulted in Green's first game under 100 yards receiving in three meetings with the Steelers this season. Despite not having the benefit of Andy Dalton throwing him the ball during the last four games of the 2015 campaign, Green finished with an outstanding 86 receptions for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Green caught four of five targets for 34 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Ravens. After scoring just four touchdowns in the first 10 games of the season, Green really came on at the end, scoring seven times in the final six games. His yardage totals have been down in the last three weeks, a direct result of AJ McCarron being under center instead of Andy Dalton, but the latter has a shot to return from his broken thumb for the playoffs, which would certainly boost Green's value. Green finished the regular season with 86 catches on 132 targets for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Green caught five passes (on nine targets) for 57 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's loss to the Broncos. Green opened the scoring with an impressive five-yard touchdown catch along the sideline during the first quarter Monday. That marked Green's ninth touchdown of the season, and his fifth in as many games. Now, he'll prepare for Sunday's regular season finale against a Ravens team he torched to the tune of 10 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns back in Week 3.
Green (back) is not listed on the Bengals' Week 16 injury report. Assuming no setbacks as the week rolls along, Green's availability for Monday night's game against the Broncos looks secure.
Green (back) appears on track to play Monday night against the Broncos, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Green, who injured his back this past Saturday, and was then hampered some in Sunday's win over the 49ers, was limited to one catch (on three targets) for 37 yards in the contest, while being on the field for 38 of the Bengals' 64 snaps on offense. Per the report, Green "is dealing with a bruise, and there are no structural concerns," though it's possible that the wideout's practice participation this week could be affected by the issue.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|6||10/16||@New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|10||11/15||@New York Giants||23||23.88|
|3 Year Avg||142||84||1255||9||58||14.94||179|