This will be an interesting season for the 2010 Bengals. They look good on paper and have gotten stronger in every area.
They will have tough games week after week, so fantasy points may not be easy to come by.
Here are the top five Bengals for fantasy football.
2009 stats: 1,251 yards rushing, six touchdowns, 17 receptions, 111 receiving yards
Projected 2010 stats: 1,300 yards rushing, ten touchdowns, 25 receptions, 200 receiving yards
There is good news about Benson's recent arrest: It looks like NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will not suspend Benson for his arrest outside a Texas bar. With that behind him, Benson is a top-five running back.
Benson is not going to provide many reception points. However, he is steady and will get plenty of carries. Benson also is on the last year of his contract. He is playing for a big payday, so he will run hard, which may reap rewards for fantasy owners.
2009 stats: 3,094 yards, 21 touchdowns, 13 interceptions
Projected 2010 stats: 3,800 yards, 25 touchdowns, 15 interceptions
In 2009, Carson Palmer was coming off an elbow injury, added a thumb injury, and ran a run-oriented team.
In 2010, the Bengals are expected to throw more, he has more weapons (Antonio Bryant, Jermaine Gresham, Jordan Shipley) to throw to, and Palmer is healthy. The bottom line is that his stats will improve.
Palmer will be consistent as your every-week starter. When the top 10 quarterbacks are off the board in your fantasy draft, snatch up Palmer.
2009 stats: 72 receptions, 1,047 receiving yards, nine touchdowns
Projected 2010 stats: 75 receptions, 1,100 receiving yards, seven touchdowns
Many are questioning Chad Ochocinco's commitment to the Bengals. However, he is one of the hardest workers in football and has not shown any sign of slowing down.
He is also still the Bengals' No. 1 wide receiver and gets plenty of targets week after week.
Expect Ochocinco to put up another solid season in 2010. He will make a nice pick somewhere in the fourth or fifth round.
2009 stats: 39 receptions, 600 yards, four touchdowns
2010 stats: 50 receptions, 900 yards, five touchdowns
Bryant has had an inconsistent career. He had a disappointing year last year, but the year before, Bryant put up over 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns.
He is now in a much better offense, so his numbers should fall somewhere between the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Some are calling Bryant a receiver who could surprise everyone. Grab Bryant in the later rounds with confidence as your second or third receiver.
Projected 2010 stats: 25 receptions, 350 yards, four touchdowns
Jermaine Gresham was the first round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. Assuming he signs on time, he should line up as their starting tight end when things get started.
Gresham has been getting rave reviews in minicamp. However, he has a lot to learn, so don't expect much from this rookie. Gresham will catch some balls and will be looked to by quarterback Carson Palmer in the red zone.
Pick Gresham as a backup tight end with upside. If all the decent tight ends are taken, he wouldn't kill your team as a fantasy starter either.
What did you think of the Bengals' fantasy players? While pondering that, check out these other Bengals articles:
Here is a look back at the Bengals of last summer.
Here is a list of the top wide receivers in Bengal history. Spoiler: Ochocinco is No. 1.
This article previews the Bengals' defensive line for the 2010 season. See who may be a surprise cut.
Here is a preview of positive things for the Bengals going into training camp.
This is a list of Bengal concerns going into camp.
This is a list of Bengal weaknesses.
Here are five things the Bengals should not do.
This article reviews the top unrestricted free agent signings by the Bengals.
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This article gives five reasons why the Bengals signed Adam "Pacman" Jones.