Although he's coming off a four-touchdown performance,
In five career meetings, Dalton has completed 53 percent of his throws. He's averaged 194 passing yards with five touchdowns, five interceptions and a 67.8 passer rating. Dalton did play fairly well in Week 2 vs. Pittsburgh, throwing for 280 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 10 yards.
But Dalton's last three road games were ugly: eight turnovers, three touchdowns. The Steelers rank in the middle of the pack in defending Fantasy quarterbacks; they're capable of eliciting the "bad" Dalton.
Dalton has been up and down all season. With Fantasy playoffs on the line, place your trust elsewhere if possible.
Dalton has passed for three touchdowns twice in his last three games. Sunday marked the second time he's scored more than three touchdowns in a game this season, and the fifth time in eight games that he's passed for at least three.
The Bengals face the Steelers in Week 15. Dalton passed for 280 yards and a touchdown when the teams played in Week 2.
Dalton's season has been one of balance, and "keeping things in check." His three-week scoring bonanza came against weak defenses. His eventual regression to the mean that followed came against tougher ones. He threw three touchdowns in Week 11, but only finsihed with 93 passing yards. In his most recent game, against the Chargers, Dalton had his second game in the last four with one or fewer touchdown passes.
The Colts, meanwhile, have allowed 20 or more points to opposing quarterbacks once in their last four games, But extend that back a little, and they've done it three times in their last six. Two of those games saw a quarterback going over 30. And two of those games (two of the better ones for the Colts) were the Titans, who have the 12th-fewest passing yards this season.
So an erratic quarterback meets an erratic defense. If anyone claims they know what to expect, they're lying. Dalton's worth the gamble in 2QB leagues, but the risk is too high to start him in standard-sized leagues.
Dalton was limited to only 41 passing yards in the first half. He bounced back in the second half as he hooked up with a wide-open A.J. Green in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. He completed 14 of 23 passes for 190 yards with one touchdown and one interceptions. He finished with a 83.6 passer rating in a 17-10 victory.
Dalton has been held under 200 passing yards in back-to-back games. He'll look to get back on track in Week 14 at home against the Colts. The Colts allowed 201 passing yards with one touchdown and three interceptions to Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 13.
But don't shy away from him because of that abnormal stat line. Dalton has thrown two or more scores in five of his last six games, four of which included at least three touchdowns. Dalton is sixth in the NFL in passing touchdowns with 21 thanks to his recent surge. He'll take on a Chargers defense that has allowed eight passing touchdowns over their last three games. In two of those three games an opponent threw three or more touchdowns.
San Diego has especially had a hard time with tight ends recently -- one has scored in each of its last three. Fortunately for Dalton he has three tight ends he can go to for a touchdown when they get near the end zone. That's something that should help push Dalton to at least two touchdowns -- the favorable matchups A.J. Green will have against this sagging defense will also come in handy.
I like Dalton as a start-worthy Fantasy quarterback ahead of guys like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and pretty much every underachieving quarterback you might have doubts about.
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