Cincinnati Bengals: Fantasy Impact

Jeff SockContributor IIJuly 26, 2009

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 14:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter of their NFL game September 14, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

QB – Carson Palmer is the starter here and coming off a shoulder injury in 2008.  That injury though is reason you can get him in the mid to late rounds of your draft and still get a potential top five to 10 fantasy QB.  All of the pieces are in place for a successful fantasy season for Palmer.

RB – Cedric Benson for now is the starter at RB.  His less than four yards per carry average throughout his career is not that impressive.  Plus he has had various off the field distractions as well.  He basically is only good as an RB3 bye week filler.

The rookie Bernard Scott is worth keeping an eye on at training camp.  If he can be as electric as he was at the small college level in the NFL, he could easily supplant Benson by years end.

WR – Chad Ochocinco, Laveranues Coles and Chris Henry highlight the 2009 receiving group.

Ochocinco appears to be preparing himself for a tremendous season this year as he has worked extremely hard in the offseason to get ready.  He should return to WR1 form in 2009.

Coles replaces the departed Houshmandzadeh in the offense.  While he is no TJ, he is still a decent low end WR2 or high end WR3 with Palmer as his QB.

Henry provides them with another hungry (last year of his contract) threat in the passing game and a solid slot receiving target.

TE- Chase Coffman should serve as the receiving TE in 2009.  He gives Palmer an option that was never really there before.  That is another reason I am high on Palmer.

K- Shayne Graham is a decent kicker that should get more scoring opportunities in 2009.  I would not be ashamed to have him as my starting kicker.

DEF/ST – The Bengals defense finished 21 in overall fantasy points in standard Yahoo scoring for 2008. 

While the team did add some talent to help the defense in this year’s draft, it will take a few years to see the defense full potential.  I would not recommend drafting this defense in 2009.

Next I will preview the Cleveland Browns.

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