August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) celebrates with quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
A.J. Green showed how quick he can change a game in just one play against the Falcons. We break down the fantasy implications.
A.J. Green became known as one of the most dangerous deep threats in the league last season, and he showed everyone why defenses keep him in mind at all times on Thursday night. Green finished with only two catches, but one of those receptions resulted in a 50-yard touchdown from Andy Dalton.
Analysis: Green was targeted five times throughout the first half. He couldn't get the best of his defenders on several occasions, but he completely burned Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel on the bomb from Dalton early in the second quarter. His double move on this particular play likely would have beaten the majority of defenders in the league.
Fantasy owners were pleasantly surprised with the rookie combination of Green and Dalton in 2011, and barring a severe sophomore slump from both of them, we can expect huge things out of the pair heading into this season. Green is an elite talent and already one of the best receivers in the pros.