The Bengals Benched Dalton
As a birthday present to Andy Dalton, the Bengals have relieved him as their starting quarterback. This tells us one thing, his time there is done and they’re moving on. Ryan Finley is probably not their answer, expect them to be drafting a quarterback this upcoming draft. One plus, the Bengals made the choice during the bye week, this gives Coach Zac Taylor two weeks to get the rookie fourth round pick up to speed and ready.
Unfortunately, this gives little value to the Cincinnati receiving core. Tyler Boyd has gone from a high end WR2, to a low end WR2, maybe even a WR3 meaning he’s not an every week start. Auden Tate becomes a WR4, and Alex Erickson has no value (not that you owned him anyhow.) The greater question: what about A.J. Green? With the Bengals refusal to trade him, his only place to play this season is for them. He’s no longer a locked in WR1 when he gets back, but perhaps a mid-range WR2. There is the possibility A.J. Green sits out the year to preserve himself for free agency, but we will have to wait and see.
The good news? The Bengals have a relatively decent ROS schedule, so not all hope is lost. Baltimore’s secondary isn’t what it used to be, the Raiders are an A+ match-up, the Jets in
Week 13, Cleveland in Week 14 and Miami championship week for the Tua Bowl. All pass catchers are downgraded but with some easy match ups in the future they are worth holding if you cannot sell high off name value.