A.J. Green Injury Update Improves Fantasy Value With Potential Return in Week 10

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 28:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals hauls in the pass during the game against the Tampa Bay Bucccaneers at Paul Brown Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Buccaneers 37-34.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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A.J. Green fantasy football owners: the Long Night may finally be over. The Cincinnati Bengals star wideout has yet to see the field this season, but his latest injury update suggests he could finally return to action in Week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens.

That's obviously encouraging for anyone who has stashed Green on their bench for this long. Unfortunately, if he is able to return this week, he won't be catching passes from Andy Dalton, who has been benched in favor of rookie Ryan Finley.

Finley has yet to attempt a regular-season pass at the NFL level, but it's hard to imagine him getting the volume that Dalton was seeing. Dalton is second in the NFL behind only Tom Brady with 338 pass attempts on the year and ranks fifth in completions.

He hasn't exactly been lighting it up, throwing just nine touchdowns to eight interceptions, but that kind of volume has made Cincinnati's pass-catchers fantasy relevant.

Even if Finley struggles, this Ravens' secondary isn't what it once was. Baltimore has allowed the seventh-most passing yards per game (265.8), so this does look like a decent matchup for Green.

While his floor isn't nearly what it would be with Dalton at the helm, Green is still a high-upside option in Week 10, assuming he plays. As his status is still officially up in the air, he didn't crack the top-36 WRs in our Week 10 fantasy PPR rankings, but when and if he's officially active, he's likely to shoot up those rankings.

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