Andy Dalton, QB Cincinnati Bengals

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Bengals QB Andy Dalton leaves with a neck injury

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 11:56pm

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For some reason, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson called three running plays for Andy Dalton on the opening drive of Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Bears.

After the third, a quarterback sneak, Dalton left the game with what the team called a neck injury. He was examined on the sideline by trainers and then remained on the sideline but didn’t return to the game. At halftime, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Dalton is fine and taking him out of the game was a precautionary measure.

Fantasy Impact:

This is probably nothing to worry about, but it's something to monitor over the next week. Dalton may be poised for a bounceback season now that all of his major weapons are healthy.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
Andy Dalton begins his fifth season with Cincinnati having started every game since he was drafted out of TCU in 2011. Dalton has played like a top-tier quarterback at times, especially in the regular season. The Bengals still believe he is their man as they have not brought anyone to compete with him for the job. He had a career best 64.2 completion percentage and put up overall numbers that still put him in the upper half of quarterbacks in the league. But...

Fantasy Downside
Dalton's numbers took a serious nosedive from his best season in 2013. Part of the issue might have been the way the Bengals ran their offense under Hue Jackson, but that excuse doesn't help your fantasy team. He threw the fewest passes of his career. His passing yardage total came down almost 900 yards. He threw 56 completions of 20+ yards in 2013, and that number dropped to 33 last season. And Dalton threw 14 less touchdowns. The one thing that was better last year was the 17 interceptions he threw (3 less than 2013), but take the less attempts into consideration.

Bottom Line
So, which Andy Dalton will we get in 2015? His ADP is 174, so the consensus is we will see more of last year's version. That puts him a low-end QB2 on traditional rosters. However, he could be a good risk as your No. 2 if you don't get one of the top-tier quarterbacks. We know he will play every snap and will put up big games here and there during the season.

2015 Strength of Schedule - CIN
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
27
@OAK
23
SD
19
@BAL
5
KC
1
SEA
2
@BUF
BYE31
@PIT
8
CLE
12
HOU
11
@ARI
4
STL
8
@CLE
31
PIT
15
@SF
25
@DEN
19
BAL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPCRuAttYdsTDFumYPRSnaps%
1BAL2538301107.9212.0463000.5066/66100%
2ATL15232521010.9616.8036002.0071/71100%
3TEN1523169017.3511.2733001.0053/6187%
4BYE--------------
5NE1524204208.5013.60216008.0047/5290%
6CAR3343323227.519.79425006.2581/81100%
7IND1838126003.327.0010000.0056/56100%
8BAL2128266019.5012.67614212.3368/68100%
9JAX1931233227.5212.26211005.5068/68100%
10CLE103386032.618.6038002.6759/6788%
11NO16222203010.0013.75512002.4061/61100%
12HOU2435233116.669.7176000.8681/81100%
13TB1927176136.529.2637102.3361/61100%
14PIT21293022010.4114.38422115.5051/6184%
15CLE1424117014.888.3623001.5074/74100%
16DEN1726146215.628.59625004.1763/63100%
17PIT2738244226.429.0438002.6771/71100%
Totals309482339819177.0511.0060169422.821031/106297%

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