Fantasy Football: Should You Be Concernced with A.J. Green in Week 16?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13:   A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown against  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green snapped his streak of three straight games without scoring a touchdown in the Thursday Night Football win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bengals continue their Pennsylvania two-step with a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16. Should you be concerned with the matchup?

Naturally, you likely aren't thrilled that your star receiver is playing the Steelers in Pittsburgh for your fantasy football championship.

Yes, he scored a touchdown in the first meeting, but it was his only reception out of six targets. Plus, it was just an eight-yard grab. You can obviously do worse than the 6.8 fantasy points he had, but it was definitely frustrating.

Green has played the Steelers three times now. In two of the three games, he caught just one pass. Nonetheless, he has scored a touchdown in all three meetings. Green is not intimidated by the Black and Gold.

But he has tapered off a little. Along with scoring just one touchdown in his past four games, he has combined for 101 yards receiving in his past two games.

Green scored a touchdown in nine straight games from Week 2 through Week 11.

I wouldn't go hitting the panic button just yet. Green is averaging 86.3 yards per game with 11 touchdowns in 14 games. There are only four games in which he failed to score a touchdown. Green is averaging 77.5 yards per game in those games.

Not every matchup is ideal. Green is not afraid to play the Steelers. The last time he went into Pittsburgh, he caught six passes for 87 yards and a score.

You just may need some of your other players to pick up some slack next week.

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