| Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals
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|Draft: 2011 Round 2 (3)
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 220 DOB: 1987-10-29 Age: 28
|In real football terms, Dalton delivered far more than was expected of him as a rookie signal caller in 2011, leading the Bengals to a 9-7 record and earning a wildcard playoff spot. Along the way, he threw for 3,398 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and even chipped in 152 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Considering he didnít have the benefit of a full offseason, those accomplishments were impressive but itís safe to say more is expected in 2012. The knock on Dalton is that he lacks elite arm strength which hurts his ability to make big plays but that is somewhat offset by having the opportunity to play with wide receiver A.J. Green, who has the ability to adjust in midflight on deep passes. For Dalton to improve on his 15th fantasy quarterback ranking from a year ago, he will need both Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham to make improvements and for another player to step up opposite Green at wide receiver. Dalton hit the rookie wall in Week 13, tossing four touchdowns and averaging just 178 passing yards per game over his final five games, which included four games with less than 200 yards passing. On the plus side, he averaged 27 rushing yards over his final three games, including the teamís wildcard playoff loss. Heading into 2012, Dalton ranks as a middle tier QB2 with upside if he gets some unexpected production opposite Green.
| Bengals once again preparing to start McCarron -- Mon Jan 4 4:50 pm --|
No update yet on Andy Dalton's right thumb
|The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing as if quarterback AJ McCarron will start Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Marvin Lewis said in a news conference Monday, confirming what a source earlier told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
McCarron has started Cincinnati's past three games in place of Andy Dalton, who is sidelined with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: It would be a tough ask for Dalton to get his cast removed early this week - if that even happens - and expect him to be razor-sharp after missing the last three games. McCarron's presence should be considered a slight downgrade for the Bengals' supporting cast. A.J. Green has performed well against the Steelers regardless of his quarterback this year, posting an 11-118-1 line with Dalton against them in Week 8 and a 6-132-1 line against them in Week 14.
| Fractured right thumb for Dalton, out Week 15 -- Sun Dec 13 4:10 pm --|
|Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a fractured thumb in his throwing hand during Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and is uncertain how long he will be out. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Dalton will miss next week's game against San Francisco but acknowledged he did not know whether the quarterback will miss any additional time. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Dalton will see specialist on Monday after injuring his thumb in the first quarter. It's possible Dalton will miss more than just next week. AJ McCarron threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns in relief and will get the start next week against the 49ers.
| Tyler Eifert returns to practice -- Wed Dec 9 3:00 pm --|
Missed Week 13 with stinger
|Tyler Eifert has returned to practice. Thatís a huge lift for Bengals. Missed last week with a stinger. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Tyler Kroft started at tight end for the Bengals last week but caught only one pass for 17 yards. Eifert's return will add another redzone weapon for QB Andy Dalton. Eifert leads all tight ends with 12 TDs.
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