Jeff Driskel will compete to back up Andy Dalton in Cincinnati this summer. In five 2018 starts, Driskel had one game with over 20 Fantasy points. Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Driskel is facing competition from rookie Ryan Finley for the backup quarterback job, Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News reports. Driskel served as a third-string option in 2016 and 2017 before moving up a spot on the depth chart in 2018. While the Bengals' decision to draft Finley in the fourth round threatens Driskel's status, the possibility exists that Cincinnati carries all three signal-callers on the 53-man roster when the regular season arrives. In any case, Finley would likely need to submit a strong preseason for the organization to feel comfortable with him as the top backup to Andy Dalton, who's coming off thumb surgery.
Driskel completed 13 of 19 attempts for 133 yards and two touchdowns, adding five rushes for 21 yards during Sunday's 26-18 loss to the Browns. Driskel has been anything but dynamic as a passer in four starts for the Bengals this season, completing a respectable 60.3 percent of his throws since Dec. 2, but averaging fewer than 145 passing YPG over his past three outings. The former sixth-round pick came on late against Cleveland on Sunday, but he was utterly anemic through the first half of the contest, completing just two of six attempts for three yards. Coming into the weekend, Driskel had failed to finish better than QB21 in any of his three starts (standard scoring) -- with a 154-yard outing in Week 16, that trend is unlikely to change. Week 17 brings a formidable matchup against a Steelers defense that ranks second in the NFL in sacks (46) and 13th in passing yards allowed per game (237).
Driskel completed 14 of 33 pass attempts for 130 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 30-14 win over the Raiders. He also carried seven times for 32 yards. Driskel struggled to connect with his pass catchers, completing an uninspiring 42 percent of his pass attempts while averaging 3.9 yards per attempt. He didn't generate any plays longer than 30 yards, though he did manage to connect with Tyler Boyd for a seven-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Driskel has failed to top 175 passing yards in three of his four starts, posting five total touchdowns with three turnovers in that stretch. He shouldn't be relied on for fantasy production even in a favorable matchup with the Browns next Sunday.
Driskel completed 18 of 27 attempts for 170 yards and one touchdown, adding two rushes for 12 yards during Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Chargers. Driskel posted an impressive completion rate of 66.7 percent against the Chargers' ultra-talented defense, but only two of his 18 completions yielded 15 or more yards. The 2016 sixth-round pick has failed to stand out in his first foray as a starting quarterback in the NFL, posting QBRs of 18.4 and 36.5 against the Chargers and Broncos, respectively. His offensive line hasn't done him any favors by surrendering seven sacks over his first two career starts, but Driskel has had trouble pushing the ball downfield even when provided ample time, averaging a stagnant 6.35 yards per attempt. Week 15 presents a matchup against an Oakland defense that has struggled mightily in pressuring opposing passers this year, collecting just 11 sacks (31st-ranked Miami has twice as many).
Driskel will take over as the Bengals' starting quarterback after Andy Dalton (thumb) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Driskel was competent after replacing Dalton in the second half of Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Browns, completing 17 of 29 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown while adding three carries for nine yards and another score. Selected by the 49ers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Driskel never stuck in San Francisco but was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati that same year and has lingered as a depth option for parts of three seasons. The 25-year-old is unlikely to match Dalton in terms of passing skill, but he could bring an element of mobility to the Cincinnati offense after running a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at the 2016 Scouting Combine. Even so, it's still difficult to spin this as anything but bad news for Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green (toe) as well as complementary weapons C.J. Uzomah, John Ross and Giovani Bernard.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|8||10/27||@Los Angeles Rams||17||19.63|
|13||12/01||New York Jets||27||22.38|
|15||12/15||New England Patriots||18||19.95|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||59.3||334||2||1||43||1||33|