Andy Dalton blanketed by Browns defense, fantasy owners cringe

Andy Lyons

The Bengals quarterback had two scores, but otherwise had a hideous fantasy day. We break down the fantasy implications.

After four straight 300-yard games, and three straight with more than 20 fantasy points, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has struggled mightily the last few weeks. Those struggles continued Sunday in the team's 41-20 win over the division rival Cleveland Browns.

Dalton threw for only 93 yards, completing 13 of his 27 pass attempts. He did throw for three touchdowns, but also had two interceptions, totaling 11 fantasy points. His three scores came on short passes to Alex Smith and Mohamed Sanu, and a 25-yard completion to Jermaine Gresham.

Fantasy impact: Only a fluke of a 51-yard Hail Mary to wide receiver A.J. Green kept Dalton's fantasy value acceptable a week ago. His three scores prevented embarrassment Sunday, but his overall numbers were fairly awful.

Green spent the day blanketed by Browns cornerback Joe Haden, holding the star receiver to 7 receiving yards on the game and limiting Dalton to his other, less talented options. After averaging 27 fantasy points a game in Weeks 6-8, Dalton has averaged barely 10 in the last three, and he's more like this most recent quarterback than the star of a few weeks ago. He's a low-end QB2 option at best.

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