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As a rookie Andy Dalton was a huge surprise, throwing for over 3,300 yards and 20 touchdowns while leading the Cincinnati Bengals to the playoffs.
After an impressive rookie season, many fantasy owners are expecting Dalton to take his game to the next level this year.
I am not sold on Dalton yet. Sure, he showed last year he could be a solid quarterback in the NFL, but fantasy football is a whole different story.
Remember that Dalton plays in the AFC North, so he is going to have to play both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, twice.
Dalton is also not surrounded by much talent. Besides wide receiver A.J. Green, who else is he going to be able to rely on? I would not consider Jermaine Gresham a game-changing tight end.
In 2012, Dalton will be at best a No. 2 fantasy quarterback. Do not consider drafting him until the very late rounds if you are still in need of a quarterback.