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Andy Dalton surprised many during his outstanding rookie campaign. Teaming up with fellow rookie A.J. Green, the former TCU star helped lead the Bengals to an unexpected playoff berth.
Looking at last year's passing stats, Dalton was 16th in the league in yards (3,398) and 13th in TDs (20), good for 202 total fantasy points and ranking him 18th overall among quarterbacks in production.
Fantasypros.com's average draft position aggregator indicates that, among quarterbacks, Dalton's average selection slot is 24th in Yahoo! leagues and 20th in CBS leagues.
Compare that with his production from last season, and it is clear that many fantasy owners are expecting Dalton to endure the growing pains of a sophomore slump in the 2012 season.
The 2011 season saw Dalton start hot, only posting fewer than 10 fantasy points in two games (both of which came in his first three starts), before cooling off in weeks 13,14 and 15, only to finish the season strong with 18- and 10-point efforts in his last two games, respectively.
While he likely won't finish as one of the top 10 QBs in fantasy production, Dalton is a viable option if the elite passers are off the board.