Andy Dalton Fantasy Outlook Improves After Being Named Bengals Starting QB for Week 13 vs Jets

Jason Schandl
Cincinnati Bengals v Oakland Raiders
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This hasn't exactly been Andy Dalton's finest season, with the Cincinnati Bengals going 0-8 before benching him for rookie Ryan Finley. Unsurprisingly, the Bengals continued to struggle with Finley at the helm, and Dalton will be back under center as the starter for the team's Week 13 matchup with the New York Jets.

Despite his real-world struggles, Dalton wasn't terrible from a fantasy football perspective. His 15.9 fantasy points per game on the year have him ranked 18th among QBs, and he scored at least 17.0 in five of his eight starts.

Those aren't elite numbers by any stretch, but a per-game ranking that ties him with Jimmy Garoppolo and puts him one spot ahead of Carson Wentz does give Dalton the potential to be a streaming QB option in the right matchup. That's more than could be said for Finley, who averaged 8.2 points per game in three starts.

Dalton's return also comes at a good time, as a meeting with the Jets is one of those "right" matchups. The Jets did just shut down Derek Carr in Week 12, but they've still allowed above-average fantasy points per game to opposing passers on the year.

Dalton isn't going to be some sort of league-winning fantasy option now that he's back in the starting lineup, and he still doesn't crack the top 12 at QB in our Week 13 fantasy football rankings.

With that being said, if you're hurting for a starter this week, a matchup with the Jets makes him a viable stopgap quarterback option. He doesn't bring much upside, but he's also not likely to sink your lineup with a dud, either.

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