Andy Dalton scores late to finish strong for Bengals, fantasy owners

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton put up some scores late to salvage an otherwise poor performance. We break down the fantasy implications.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has a so-so day against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football in Week 15. Dalton wasn't bad by any means, but he posted a middling stat line and in the end, the Steelers won the game, 30-20.

Dalton completed just 25 of 44 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Fortunately, he had no interceptions on the day. Unfortunately, his touchdowns both came in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. The positive there is that fantasy football scoring doesn't care if the player was victorious or not.

Either way, Dalton was unable to sustain drives and couldn't find any of his receivers reliably, outside of A.J. Green, who himself couldn't find the end zone. He may have had more yardage, one more touchdown and one less interception than Ben Roethlisberger, but the Pittsburgh QB threw just five incompletions.

Fantasy Impact: Dalton, at this stage of the game, needs to play better to get his team wins. Helping along his fantasy owners would just be a bonus. Those two touchdowns at the end of the game erased what would have otherwise been an abysmal performance, so that's definitely nice. It was a middling day, but it could have been worse.

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