Fantasy review: Bengals vs. Browns

A.J. Green found the end zone Sunday but was far from the most productive Bengals WR. (Bengals.com)

Here’s a look at how the Bengals held up in the fantasy spectrum during Sunday’s contest with Cleveland. I’m using ESPN’s standard scoring system to evaluate. Each player’s Week 2 point total in that system is listed in parenthesis.

Quarterback
Andy Dalton (29) — After being called “a solid QB2 option last week, Dalton lit up the Browns for 318 yards and a trio of scores. He finished the week as the No. 3-ranked quarterback in all of fantasyland.

Running Back
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (10) — Nearly two dozen back (22) scored more than The Lawfirm’s 10 in Week 2. He earned 75 yards on the ground and 30 via receptions but did not find the end zone, turning a solid week into a sub-par one. While his ranking and output would have warranted a starting spot, it’s not the showing fantasy owners have come to expect.

Receivers
A.J. Green (11) — This may be the only time in 2012 we’re able to say this but Green was just the third-best fantasy receiver on his own team, checking in at a tie for 22nd among receivers this week. He scored a touchdown, just the fourth of his eight to come from inside the opponent’s 35-yard-line, to salvage his numbers. Had a team-high 12 targets.

Armon Binns (6) — Made catch in all five of his targets but was one of the few Bengals receivers to not find the end zone.

Andrew Hawkins (15) — One big play was the difference for Hawkins, whose only two touches were a six-yard catch and that 50-yard scoring play. That made him the league’s eighth-highest scoring wideout despite his drop from nine to just three targets.

Brandon Tate (14) — His first receiving touchdown in Cincinnati shows just how inflated the Bengals stats were through the air this week. Tate checked in as the No. 9 wide receiver.

Jermaine Gresham (3) — If not for a late, albeit important, 22-yard reception, Gresham would have finished with just three catches for 15 yards and one fantasy point. His lack of production is baffling, but certainly a bad trend. There were 23 tight ends with better outputs than Gresham this week.

Kicker
Mike Nugent (10) — With Cincinnati scoring so well, and from such long distances, Nugent’s output suffered. He converted both of his field goal kicks and banged home four PATs for a respectable 10 points.

Defense
Bengals (9) Only Tampa Bay, which was abused to the tune of 41 Giants’ points, scored fewer than Cincinnati’s nine with the aid of a defensive score. A ninth-place overall showing isn’t bad but should have been much better with the punt return score.


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