A.J. Green held to no fantasy production Sunday

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The Bengals wide receiver couldn't escape from Joe Haden Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was almost completely shut down Sunday in the team's game against the division rival Cleveland Browns. It didn't matter much, as the Bengals still beat the Browns, 41-20, but that win was no thanks to the team's top player.

Green -- blanketed by opposing cornerback Joe Haden all day -- was limited to two catches on five targets for 7 yards. All those numbers represented season lows for Green, ending his streak of five consecutive 100-yard games.

Fantasy impact: It's hard to blame Green too much for this game, as Haden is rapidly rising the ranks toward becoming the top cornerback in the league. Guarded by Haden last time the Bengals and Browns squared off, Green was limited to 51 receiving yards.

After the team's Week 12 bye, the Bengals have games against the San Diego Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens down the stretch. None of those teams have a defensive player anywhere near Haden's quality, so there's no reason to expect Green's struggles to continue.

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