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Andy Dalton: 2017 Fantasy Outlook

Andy Dalton is a player who seems to be perennially undervalued by fantasy football players. Currently, he’s coming off the board as QB16 in MFL10s and QB18 in dynasty startups. Given this acquisition cost, fantasy players appear only to be factoring in his downside without accounting for his improved situation. Admittedly, Dalton’s finishes over his career have been streaky at best.

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Got Health?

Over the last three years, the Bengals offense has been bitten hard by the injury bug. Injuries have capped Dalton’s upside and prevented him from consistently finishing as a top-12 quarterback. In 2014, Dalton played the entire season without the services of Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones.  Additionally, A.J. Green missed three games and played much of the season limited by injury. Through 12 weeks in 2015, Dalton was on pace to finish as the QB5. His season came to an end when he fractured his thumb during the opening drive of Cincinnati’s Week 13 game, possibly costing fantasy players their playoff matchup. Last season, Dalton played eight games without Eifert and six without Green. The offense was bereft of playmakers, which resulted in Brandon LaFell finishing the season as Dalton’s primary receiving threat. Now with a fully healthy complement of weapons (Eifert injury news pending), Dalton appears primed to shed his reputation as a QB only worth streaming. As Joshua Lake has shown before, Dalton has had several weeks as a top-12 QB over the last three seasons. His successes have come despite injuries to key offensive players.  A quick look at the RotoViz Splits App indicates that Dalton can be a perennial top-12 fantasy option, provided the offense remains healthy.

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By Hasan Rahim | @hrr5010 | Archive

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