Consistently good is how to describe Andy Dalton’s nine-year career. He has played seven seasons where he hasn’t missed a game and has never thrown for less than 3,300 yards during those seasons. Dalton did eclipse the 4,000-yard mark on two occasions and that is possible again if his receivers stay healthy. You can count on at least 20 touchdown passes and less than 10 interceptions if his 2019 numbers mirror recent seasons. And new coach Zac Taylor is all-in with Dalton as the starting quarterback for the next two seasons which is when his contract expires. Cincy chose a quarterback in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, but Ryan Finley is no threat to Dalton’s job.
Dalton has only missed eight games during his career but five of those were at the end of last season. His top receivers – AJ Green and Tyler Eifert – have both had injury issues over the past three years and that has hurt the Bengals passing game. The offensive line also struggled last season again which doesn’t help an immobile Dalton.
2019 Bottom Line
The problem with Dalton from a fantasy standpoint is he has been good, not great with the exception of two seasons. His numbers are reliable, but he isn’t going to be among the league leaders in 2019. Still, he isn’t a bad option to take later in the draft as your second quarterback because of that consistency. If he plays a full season and his receivers are healthy, 3,700 yards and 25 touchdowns is realistic as his ceiling for this season.