Andy Dalton Fantasy Outlook Positive Following Another Top-10 Performance in NFL Week 2

Max Staley

Most of the hype surrounding the first-year head coaches was centered around Kliff Kingsbury with the Arizona Cardinals and Matt LaFleur with the Green Bay Packers. But, perhaps, we should've paid more attention to the Cincinnati Bengals hiring of Zac Taylor. Through two weeks, it looks like the Bengals really found something in him, and no one has benefitted more than Andy Dalton.

While Dalton's Week 2 performance against the San Francisco 49ers wasn't great from a real football perspective, he was the ninth-best QB in fantasy. He's now thrown for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns in both games this season, and he posted a career-high 418 yards in Week 1.

The thing is, there's reason to believe his performance will only get better. A.J. Green will hopefully return to the lineup in the next few weeks, and Dalton's numbers were considerably better with him on the field last season.

Before Green got injured in 2018, Dalton was averaging 262.8 passing yards per game and had thrown 17 TDs to eight INTs. In his two full games without Green (Dalton was injured midway through Week 12), the Red Rifle averaged just 182.0 passing yards per game and threw three TDs to two INTs.

The emergence of John Ross III (270 yards and three TDs in 2019), coupled with Green's impending return and Taylor's innovative new offense suggests that Dalton's hot start in 2019 may not be a fluke.

He's QB11 through two weeks, and while Dalton may not be an every-week starter going forward, he's someone fantasy owners should definitely look to use as a streaming option.

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