Andy Dalton's Updated Value Following Strong Performance vs. Jets
Andy Dalton is quietly putting up some massive numbers lately.
One of fantasy football's biggest mysteries, the quarterback has followed two duds in Week 4 and 5 with three masterful performances. He most recently compiled 325 passing yards and five touchdowns against the New York Jets, who entered Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with the NFL's 10th-best passing defense.
That now gives Dalton 11 touchdowns and three 300-yard games in the past three weeks. Is it time to recognize Dalton as a quarterback worth starting in fantasy leagues?
Dalton, who amassed three 300-yard, three-touchdown outings in 2012, has a habit of meshing great lines with barely usable ones, which gives owners reasons to approach him with hesitance. But the third-year passer is in the process of enhancing his completion percentage, yards per attempt and quarterback rating again. Perhaps this progress with stick for the more seasoned Dalton.
He also has Marvin Jones emerging as a prolific target alongside A.J. Green. Jones has corralled four scores against the Jets, increasing his season total to seven. Last year, the offense looked far too vanilla at times relying heavily on Green and an average ground game.
There are plenty of other quarterbacks who can outproduce him, but how many signal-callers outside of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are truly elite fantasy options? At this point, it would not be shocking to see Dalton finish with better numbers than Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and perhaps even the more exciting young guns in Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.
One thing is for sure: Dalton should not be sitting on any waiver wire anymore. Cincinnati's schedule offers a mixture of good and bad passing defenses, so Dalton should be used as a matchup play in standard one-quarterback formats.
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